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Clean energy is route to US job creation

To the editor:

As families across Massachusetts came together for Thanksgiving, we could be thankful that the agenda of big polluters was rejected and the president’s clean air and clean energy policies were affirmed during the Nov. 6 election. Over the last two months of the election campaign alone, big polluters and their allies spent over $270 million on TV ads to promote oil, gas and coal interests, including more than $31 million on energy-related ads.

The ads suggested that clean air and clean energy policies would kill jobs.

Well, Bay Staters and most other Americans knew the claims were bogus and voted accordingly, repudiating the polluters and candidates that backed them while affirming the president and his clean air and clean energy priorities.

Their decision at the ballot box makes good fiscal sense. According to the Center for American Progress, “There are already 2.7 million jobs across the clean economy; clean energy is already proving to be a larger job creation engine than the heavily subsidized fossil-fuels sector, putting Americans back to work in a lackluster economy.”

It refreshing to know we can stop worrying about the big polluters and instead look to our leaders to move forward with a clean air and clean energy agenda, as the voters demanded, protecting public health and creating jobs for Bay Staters and all Americans.

Anika James

Amherst

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