Environmental Advisers to Patrick Administration Quit Over Climate Change Dispute

19migrants - Governor Deval Patrick was on the verge of tears at a press conference on July 18, 2014 as he strongly defended his plan to provide temporary shelter to migrant children. (State House News Service)
Three members of Governor Deval Patrick’s environmental advisory committee have resigned over policies they claim hurt Massachusetts’ goal of cutting greenhouse gases.
State House News Service

Three members of Governor Deval Patrick’s environmental advisory committee have resigned over policies they claim hurt Massachusetts’ goal of cutting greenhouse gases, The Boston Globe reports.

According to the report, the resigning members claim they don’t want to be used as “window dressing” while the administration pursues projects at odds with the state’s overall goal.

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In a letter to officials at the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, the members of the Global Warming Solutions Act Implementation Advisory Committee called the administration’s recent policies and support of a controversial energy bill “deeply concerning.”

Environmental advocates on the committee have repeatedly protested the administration’s consideration of a proposal to build a natural gas pipeline across the state, as well as its support for a bill that would require utility companies to buy large amounts of hydroelectric power from Canada.

You can read the full Boston Globe report here.