Our Executive Director, Michael Green, was quoted in a recent article on the way businesses and green groups are responding to the election of Trump. Here’s a snippet:
“Alarmed by President-elect Donald Trump’s emerging environmental policies, environmentalists in Massachusetts say it will be more important than ever for states to lead on issues.
‘We’re not merely hearing or seeing a signal,’ said Environmental League of Massachusetts President George Bachrach. ‘This incoming administration has been about as subtle as a train wreck in terms of its attitude toward the environment and climate change … We believe Washington will be in disarray, and as a result, cities and states must be the originators and incubators of progressive policies.’
Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, Trump’s pick to head the Environmental Protection Agency, has questioned whether climate change is real, opposed EPA regulations and filed lawsuits over the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan, a policy aimed at reducing carbon emissions from the electricity sector.
Trump, in announcing the pick, said in a statement that his administration “strongly believes in environmental protection, and Scott Pruitt will be a powerful advocate for that mission while promoting jobs, safety and opportunity.”
The president-elect has since tapped former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who once wanted to eliminate the Energy Department, as secretary of energy. Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson is Trump’s selection for secretary of state.
‘His secretary of state is accustomed not to negotiating peace, but oil deals. He has a secretary of energy who couldn’t even remember the name of the Energy Department, and the only reason he was trying to remember it was because he wanted to abolish it,’ Bachrach said. ‘And his head of the EPA is a notorious climate change denier.’
Michael Green, executive director of the Boston-based Climate Action Business Association, said the Obama administration did an effective job of uniting various stakeholders and forging public-private partnerships to support clean energy initiatives.”