Charlie Baker on Energy & Oil



$1 billion for climate resiliency by 2022

There's no dispute that the consequences of climate change are real and potentially devastating. We created the first Municipal Vulnerability Program in the country, so local communities would have the ability to address future threats before they occur. More than 285 communities have joined us. We're committed to expanding this essential program to all 351 communities. And we'll bring this Administration's total investment in climate resiliency to just over $1 billion by 2022.

Massachusetts also leads the nation in procuring clean, renewable energy. I'm committing the Commonwealth to achieving an ambitious climate goal: net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. That is why we're working with our colleagues across the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states on a Regional Transportation and Climate Initiative. Unless we take on transportation, we won't meet our objectives.

Source: 2020 Massachusetts State of the State address , Jan 21, 2020

Reduce carbon footprint while maintaining supply of energy

Together [with the Legislature], we passed landmark legislation that will reduce our carbon footprint while maintaining a competitively priced and reliable supply of energy. And we've built on those efforts by issuing an Executive Order on Climate Change that directs state government to work with local governments, business, and non-profits to develop plans to further protect our environment and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Source: 2017 State of the State address to Massachusetts Legislature , Jan 24, 2017

Develop hydropower--most cost effective renewable

Meeting our future energy needs requires cooperation with the other New England states because the region's energy infrastructure and supply is closely linked. We have a growing solar industry, which we should continue to support, but not at prices two to three times more than every other option. Cost competitive wind options are already available to us, and we should embrace them too. But if we're serious about reducing our carbon footprint while maintaining a reliable energy grid and improving our competitive position, then we must significantly increase the supply of hydropower.
Source: 2016 State of the State speech to Massachusetts legislature , Jan 21, 2016

2010: questioned global warming; 2014: yes, it's manmade

(Boston Globe, 2/7/2010): Asked whether he agrees with the "scientific majority" that climate change is caused by human activities, Baker ducked: "What I do believe is that our overreliance on foreign oil is a big problem for national security and an economic point of view." He told the Globe, "You're asking me to take a position on something I don't know enough about. I absolutely am not smart enough to believe I know the answer to that question."

(BostInno, 1/15/2014): Baker did go on to say in that same interview from 2010, however, that "we should all rely on the fact that most of the science agrees that temperatures are rising, CO2 levels are rising and it'd probably be a good idea to do something about that." Indecision, not denial.

(State House News Service, 6/2/2014): Baker flip-flopped to state that "I certainly think the rise in carbon dioxide is a man-made, generated, activity that plays a role in all of this."

Source: Mass IEPAC: Research Profile on Charlie Baker, p. 30 , Sep 1, 2014

Helped gather signatures to repeal gas tax increase

Leaders of a movement to repeal automatic increases in the gasoline tax took time out to celebrate their latest success. A group of about 30 activists and candidates for office gathered at Lafayette House in Foxboro to mark the occasion of going over the top in collecting enough signatures to put the issue on the November ballot. The guest speaker at the event was Republican candidate for governor Charlie Baker. He told the audience when he helped them collect signatures at a supermarket, almost every voter signed the petition once the automatic tax increase was explained to them. The increases are "a classic overreach" by the Legislature that is sure to be repealed by voters in November. Later, Baker said his main objection is to the automatic increases in the future, not the immediate 3 cents a gallon hike called for in the bill. He also said in a brief interview that he is not targeting any tax cuts if elected, but is opposed to new tax increases. (Sun Chronicle, 6/20/2014)
Source: Mass IEPAC: Research Profile on Charlie Baker, p.205 , Sep 1, 2014

Support Hydro Quebec, efficient appliances, and LED lighting

Adopt a reasonable and effective statewide energy policy:
Source: 2010 gubernatorial campaign website, charliebaker2010.com , Nov 1, 2010

Renewable energy is an important investment in our future

I'm concerned about the effects of climate change on our environment. I also believe that a strong economy is crucial to our ability to invest in solutions which will not only benefit our natural environment, but also improve our economic environment.

Renewable energy is an important investment in our future [but] renewable energy generation has to deliver measurable cost savings. Wind, biomass, and solar all have a role to play in reducing demand for fossil fuels, but the price of these energy sources cannot make Massachusetts' already uncompetitive energy picture even worse.

Promoting energy efficiency programs is also a cost effective way to reduce current energy costs and shield our economy from future energy shocks. Our approach to renewable energy must be supplemented by aggressive, public support for energy/electricity efficiency.

We need a balanced approach to energy policy that includes a reliable, cost-effective portfolio of conventional and renewable energy sources.

Source: 2010 gubernatorial campaign website, charliebaker2010.com , Nov 1, 2010

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