Martha Coakley on Energy & Oil



Supports raising gas tax from 10 cents (actually 24 cents)

Republican candidate for governor Charlie Baker is faulting Democratic rival Martha Coakley for flubbing a question on the state gas tax. Asked to name the gas tax during an interview on WCVB-TV, Coakley said "10 cents." The tax is 24 cents per gallon. Coakley has said she opposes a ballot question which would repeal a law automatically linking future hikes in the tax to inflation. Baker said it "is a little scary" that Coakley, who as attorney general had to certify the ballot question, would be so far off when asked how much the gas tax is--particularly given that she supports future increases. Coakley's campaign said very few people get 100 percent of pop quiz questions right and that she knows the gas tax is a critical funding source for state transportation projects. (Boston Herald, 5/19/2014)
Source: Mass IEPAC: Research Profile on Charlie Baker, p.165 , Sep 1, 2014

Supports cap-and-trade, but not a carbon tax

Out of the five Democratic candidates for Massachusetts governor, Berwick is actually one of three that has expressed support for a tax on carbon pollution. Biotech executive Joe Avellone has said that he would support a revenue neutral carbon tax if elected, meaning there would be corresponding reductions in personal or corporate income taxes, and Homeland Security official Juliette Kayyem said that she would also support a carbon tax, "as long as it can be done in a revenue neutral way and does not have a disparate impact on car-dependent communities."

Martha Coakley has not publicly come out in support of taxing pollution, saying that she's "not sure it's the only solution" to climate change. Coakley has in the past, however, voiced support for a national cap-and-trade program.

Berwick has also expressed support for a mandatory cap and trade carbon emissions control system, and has said he would double the state's investment in clean energy from 0.6 percent of the budget to 1.2 percent.

Source: ThinkProgress.com on 2014 Massachusetts gubernatorial race , Feb 25, 2014

Supports national cap-and-trade system, plus renewables

Has called climate change the "most pressing issue of our time." She has proposed a plan she feels will reduce the country's dependence on fossil fuels that includes a national cap-and-trade system and providing incentives to spur renewable energy development.
Source: Nancy Reardon, Quincy Patriot-Ledger: 2010 MA Senate debate , Jan 14, 2010

National cap-and-trade market-based CO2 reduction

Martha recognizes that climate change is one of the most pressing moral issues of our time. In Washington, Martha will support policies that reduce carbon dioxide emissions and other pollution that causes climate change. She will fight to halt global warming, support legislation that creates a national market-based program to reduce global warming pollution, and promote investments in clean energy.

Martha supports a national cap-and-trade program that will utilize a market-based approach to control pollution. Martha believes that by providing economic incentives to industries for achieving emissions reductions, we can achieve superior environmental protection and give businesses both the flexibility and direct financial incentives they need to find faster, cheaper and more innovative ways to reduce pollution.

In Washington, Martha will support the national Global Warming Pollution Reduction Program, proposed in the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009.

Source: 2010 Senate campaign website, marthacoakley.com, "Issues" , Oct 1, 2009

Develop large scale utility-backed solar power projects

Attorney General Martha Coakley and Governor Deval Patrick today announced a commitment to jointly develop large scale solar photovoltaic (PV) power installations through a new statewide entity operating in collaboration with the state's four investor-owned electric distribution utilities. This plan will maximize the benefits of renewable power for ratepayers across the state authorized by the Green Communities Act and help meet Governor Patrick's goal of 250 MW of solar generation installed in the Commonwealth by 2017.

"Development of solar generation through a statewide pool will drive down costs through economies of scale and spread the costs and benefits across the broadest base of customers," said Attorney General Coakley.

"Solar power is a key component of our clean energy future," said Governor Deval Patrick; the project is "an innovative new model to bring renewable energy--and the jobs that come with it--across the state at the lowest cost possible."

Source: Press release on Attorney General website, www.mass.gov , Jul 16, 2009

Greenhouse gases are pollutants that threaten public health

Coakley submitted comments in response to the EPA's proposed determination that greenhouse gas emissions endanger public health and welfare. On April 24, 2009, the EPA formally issued its proposed findings that carbon dioxide and other heat-trapping gases are pollutants that threaten public health and welfare.

"In the face of the compelling body of scientific evidence supporting an endangerment finding, this long-overdue proposal constitutes a significant and meaningful first step towards regulation of greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act," said Attorney General Coakley.

The EPA expressly characterized their proposed endangerment finding as a direct response to Massachusetts v. EPA, a Supreme Court decision which held that the EPA could not avoid deciding whether greenhouse gases endanger public health on grounds of economics or foreign policy, but must decide based on the issues identified in the Clean Air Act.

Source: Press release on Attorney General website, www.mass.gov , Jun 23, 2009

Spent nuclear fuel is subject to terrorist attack

Attorney General Coakley's Office filed a brief in the US Court of Appeals, challenging a Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) decision denying a Petition for Rulemaking that Massachusetts filed in 2006. The Attorney General's Office requested that the NRC address new and significant information regarding the risks of severe accidents in the spent fuel pools at nuclear plants, including Pilgrim and Vermont Yankee, caused by terrorist attack, human error, equipment malfunction, or natural disaster. The brief was submitted jointly with the States of New York and Connecticut.

"Our appeal is intended to ensure that the NRC give due consideration on these important environmental and public safety issues," said Coakley. "While nuclear energy will undoubtedly be a part of our regional and national energy landscape, the NRC needs to change its rules to ensure the agency adequately addresses the risks of severe accidents involving spent fuel storage pools caused by terrorist attack and other events.

Source: Press release on Attorney General website, www.mass.gov , Jun 6, 2009

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