BOSTON — Civic and business leaders have called on Gov. Deval Patrick to block a looming invasion of dirty tar sands-derived fuels, which, if used in gasoline and home-heating oil, would worsen the state’s carbon pollution and hasten climate change.
At an April 17 event held at the Lenox Hotel and organized by the Conservation Law Foundation, Better Future Project and the Natural Resources Defense Council, the group urged Patrick to continue supporting clean-energy solutions so that Massachusetts will stay a leader in the effort to mitigate climate change.
“The threat of climate change deserves our full attention,” said Sen. Marc Pacheco, D-Taunton, who chairs the Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture. “We need to pursue policies that prevent high carbon fuels like tar sands from impacting the transportation sector in Massachusetts, and instead invest in supporting cleaner fuel technologies, which bring economic, health and environmental benefits.”
More than 5,000 Massachusetts residents have written to Patrick, asking him to draw a line in the sand against one of the dirtiest fuels on the planet, tar sands oil.
“Now is the time for Gov. Patrick to support only policies that will boost clean, renewable fuels — and keep tar sands out of Massachusetts,” said Craig Altemose, executive director of the Better Future Project. “A sudden influx of tar sands into our state would undermine Gov. Patrick’s own efforts to encourage the use of fuel-efficient vehicles.”