Globe pushes for new natural gas pipelines

Editorial calls Beacon Hill folly costly, damaging to environment

The BOSTON GLOBE editorial page is going all in for new natural gas pipelines.

In an editorial entitled “Why you’ll pay for Beacon Hill’s pipeline folly,” the Globe said it was a big mistake when Beacon Hill lawmakers – “egged on by Attorney General Maura Healey” – blocked efforts to have electric ratepayers finance new natural gas pipeline infrastructure. Instead of saving ratepayers money and protecting the environment, the newspaper said the decision is having the opposite effect.

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About Bruce Mohl

Bruce Mohl is the editor of CommonWealth magazine. Bruce came to CommonWealth from the Boston Globe, where he spent nearly 30 years in a wide variety of positions covering business and politics. He covered the Massachusetts State House and served as the Globe’s State House bureau chief in the late 1980s. He also reported for the Globe’s Spotlight Team, winning a Loeb award in 1992 for coverage of conflicts of interest in the state’s pension system. He served as the Globe’s political editor in 1994 and went on to cover consumer issues for the newspaper. At CommonWealth, Bruce helped launch the magazine’s website and has written about a wide range of issues with a special focus on politics, tax policy, energy, and gambling. Bruce is a graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. He lives in Dorchester.

“Blocking pipelines was pure symbolism. But the resulting emissions — and the resulting costs that Massachusetts legislators imposed on their constituents and the rest of New England — are all too real,” the newspaper said.

The editorial puts the Globe solidly in the camp of business groups, energy industry officials, and the Baker administration and at odds with most Democrats on Beacon Hill and environmental advocates. Interestingly, the pipeline debate is an issue the Globe news pages have largely ignored; indeed, the editorial includes a number of links to sources and related news articles (including one from CommonWealth), but none to the Globe itself. For a podcast featuring a debate between a proponent and an opponent of new pipelines, click here.