Opinion

Do climate resiliency the right way

Do climate resiliency the right way

Extreme weather is a threat to overall economy

PROMOTING CLIMATE CHANGE resiliency is top of mind for Massachusetts residents and businesses. The 2018 nor’easters have placed considerable stress on our infrastructure and communities, as well as the public’s consciousness.  Sixty-five percent of voters now say that climate change is affecting storms, according to a recent WBUR poll, conducted by the MassINC Polling Group.(...)

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State needs to step up for higher ed

State needs to step up for higher ed

More investment key to future economic competitiveness

THE COMMONWEALTH’S ECONOMY has been transformed from one heavily defined by manufacturing a few decades ago to one that is now knowledge-based. Jobs – even the less-skilled positions – require a higher level of educational attainment, yet the pipeline of workers to fill the jobs has slowed, just as baby boomers get set to retire(...)

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Let’s continue to listen to young people

Let’s continue to listen to young people

Student organizing on gun violence is blazing an important trail for education

OVER THE PAST month, we have seen an important dialogue play out in local and national media as student leaders confront the traumatic issue of gun violence with courage and poise. Their efforts should be applauded and supported, and as we lift up students’ voices, we cannot overlook the communities who experience gun violence on(...)

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My recipe for embracing renewables

My recipe for embracing renewables

Keep the offshore grid independent of generators

WE’VE COME TO EXPECT the miracle of Moore’s Law from our computer technology – exponential progress in speed, power and efficiency, all while prices drop. Until recently, the world of electric power has been a laggard, but that’s quickly changing: At last, the relentless forces of innovation are now bearing down on electric power, with(...)

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The Boston climate trial that might have been

The Boston climate trial that might have been

Climate activist Marla Marcum and others were poised to test a 'necessity defense'

“THE IDEA THAT natural gas combats climate change is a sleight of hand,” writes Bill McKibben in a recent essay that pulls no punches. “No one wants to hear this,” he observes, not Republicans or the oil and gas industry, not Democrats (especially the Obama alums now working in the industry)—and not journalists, who “don’t(...)

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New England’s largest battery

New England’s largest battery

Pumped-hydro facility plays key role for region

Editor’s note: An op-ed critical of Northfield written by Karl Meyer was published on March 17. AS THE LARGEST BATTERY in New England, FirstLight Power’s Northfield Mountain pumped-hydro storage facility currently plays an essential role in maintaining and restoring stable electric grid operations for New England due to the fast speed in which it can(...)

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Buses, not gondolas, are the answer

Buses, not gondolas, are the answer

They are a quick and easy solution that doesn't cost $100m

Second of two parts WHILE A GONDOLA WON’T FLY at South Station, there’s a simple solution to the mobility issues confronting the Seaport District and the basic infrastructure is already in place: buses. A bus may not be as sexy as a gondola, but it also won’t require a hulking station shadowing Congress Street, Dewey(...)

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Forget the gondola, there’s nowhere to put it

Forget the gondola, there’s nowhere to put it

No room near South Station for the infrastructure needed

Unlike Elon Musk’s latest foray in to urban transportation, which involves several as yet non-existent technologies, the idea for a Summer Street gondola is something which at least has been built and operated successfully elsewhere. The principal features of gondola technology are pretty straightforward, offering an unremarkable combination of relatively slow, expensive, and low-capacity mobility.(...)

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