Ben Hellerstein: Northampton praised for fossil fuel stance
To the editor:
Northampton’s resolution calling for divestment from fossil fuel companies is a good step forward in the fight against climate change (“Northampton eyes dropping fossil fuel investments to fight climate change,” in the Aug. 13 Gazette.
Here in Massachusetts, the stakes are high. Extreme snow and rain storms have become 81 percent more frequent in our state over the last 65 years. A storm that used to happen once a year now happens once every six and a half months. If we fail to reduce our carbon emissions now, extreme weather events, like Superstorm Sandy and Winter Storm Nemo, will become even more frequent.
In June, President Obama unveiled his ambitious climate action plan, including caps on greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. Massachusetts has long been a leader on global warming, with some of the strongest renewable energy policies in the country. Now, as the Obama administration drafts climate regulations, the whole nation can look to Massachusetts and Northampton as a model for how to do it right.
Ben Hellerstien is a field associate for Environment Massachusetts.