Lora Sandhusen: Supports Goldstein-Rose’s nonpartisan efforts

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Published: 3/1/2018 7:48:22 PM
Supports Goldstein-Rose’s nonpartisan efforts

State Rep. Solomon Goldstein-Rose explains his switch to unenrolled as supporting a collaborative style more likely to spur action on climate- change policies (“Amherst representative quits party,” Feb. 21).

The volunteers of Citizens’ Climate Lobby hope this change has the desired effect. Any gesture that fosters cooperation in addressing the need for curbs on carbon pollution is welcome.

We urgently need legislation that lowers carbon emissions at the pace and scale needed, protects the economy, and protects low- and middle-income Americans, by making carbon pollution pay for its costs — and returning this money to households and communities.

With several bills currently in process, Massachusetts could be first in the nation to institute this necessary policy. Close to a majority of state representatives, including Goldstein-Rose, have co-sponsored one or more of these bills.

If Goldstein-Rose can find five Republican co-sponsors, he will make Massachusetts the first state to pass comprehensive climate-change legislation. He will also show the rest of the country what can happen when politicians go beyond the partisan divide.

It’s time for all legislators to work together, at both the state and national level. We hope all voters — Democratic, Republican, unenrolled or with any other affiliation whatsoever — will lend their support.

Lora Sandhusen

Leeds

The writer is group co-leader for the Amherst/Northampton Citizens’ Climate Lobby.




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