Stephen Linsky: Senate bill does address green energy siting issues

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Published: 07-09-2024 3:00 PM

Modified: 07-10-2024 8:32 PM


Regarding the headline associated with the article about the historic climate bill recently approved by Democrats and Republicans in the state Senate [“Energy bill doesn’t address siting fears,” Gazette, July 6].

Thanks, in part, to the efforts of Sen. Jo Comerford and others, the legislation does address the siting concerns raised by those quoted in the article. What it does not do is to bring us back to when local zoning governed green energy development so that a comprehensive statewide approach would be subject to the whims of 351 individual cities and towns.

If climate change truly represents the existential threat that many profess, Massachusetts needs to act collectively, timely and comprehensively in accord with this legislation, starting with its immediate passage by the House.

Stephen Linsky

Easthampton

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