Tell the Next Governor to Double Down on Offshore Wind
Contracts are in place for the first 800 megawatts (MW) of offshore wind to be built off our coast. This is a great start, but we must keep moving forward so that Massachusetts can capitalize on the environmental and economic benefits of responsibly-developed offshore wind power.
We are calling on Governor Charlie Baker and Democratic nominee Jay Gonzalez to commit that if elected, they will ensure that Massachusetts continues to lead the nation’s offshore wind industry. Sign the petition urging both candidates to commit to doubling down on offshore wind.
The commitment focuses on accelerating the timeline for future offshore wind. It includes a pledge to study the procurement of an additional 1,600 MW of offshore wind and report on economic feasibility by May 2019. This study is already required by the 2018 Clean Energy Future Act. If economically justified, this procurement would effectively double Massachusetts’ large-scale offshore wind resources.
The benefits of offshore wind include:
- Reduced greenhouse gas emissions
- Lower wholesale electricity costs
- Improved air quality and human health
- Highly skilled and well-paying jobs
- A path to meet legally mandated renewable energy requirements
- A competitive alternative to our existing fossil fuel power that is facing major retirements in coming years
Save the Land and Water Conservation Fund
For the last 50 years, the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) has set aside and protected community spaces in nearly every county in the U.S., making it one of the most successful and accessible parks programs in America.
Despite strong bipartisan support from hundreds of members of Congress, LWCF is set to expire on September 30th. The program has protected land from the Grand Canyon and culturally significant sites, to urban parks and local ball fields. Massachusetts has received over $223 million from LWCF to protect precious areas including the Cape Cod National Seashore and Minute Man National Historical Park. LWCF does all this without using any taxpayer dollars – it is funded with revenues paid to the government from offshore oil and gas drilling.
We need to urge members of Congress to permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund with full and dedicated funding.