Emily Norton

Chapter Director, Massachusetts Sierra Club

Stories by Emily Norton

Kill the Access Northeast pipeline

Kill the Access Northeast pipeline

We don't need it and can't afford it

LAST MONTH, 74 conservation commissions across Massachusetts sent Gov. Charlie Baker a letter asking him to drop his support for new natural gas pipelines, and over 450 small business owners petitioned the governor to say no to new pipelines. Massachusetts does not want more fossil fuel pipelines. We don’t need them and we can’t afford(...)

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Mass. should boost renewable targets

Mass. should boost renewable targets

Omnibus bill offers opportunity to go further

MASSACHUSETTS HOUSE LEADERS are currently drafting an omnibus energy bill to secure new supplies of electricity as much of the region’s fleet of aging nuclear, coal, and oil power plants are now set to retire. Any proposed energy legislation should achieve three key goals. First, the bill must provide reliable and affordable clean energy to(...)

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Regulatory review a dangerous path

Regulatory review a dangerous path

Baker's call to streamline rules threatens forward-looking Massachusetts policies

NOW THAT SPRING has finally arrived in the Commonwealth, many of us are starting our spring cleaning – getting rid of clutter, washing windows and drapes, dusting away cobwebs. And perhaps that is Gov. Baker’s intention with his recent executive order calling for a review of all existing regulations enforced by the executive branch – to(...)

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Dem governor better on fiscal issues

Republicans are not the best advocates for reform

To paraphrase Jane Austen, it is a truth universally acknowledged that Republicans do a better job safeguarding your tax dollars. Republican candidate for governor Charlie Baker is counting on this perception. As he said recently on WGBH radio, voters “want people on Beacon Hill to behave the way they do and stretch a buck.” But(...)

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