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Gov. Patrick Celebrates Clean Energy Progress - Photo from Flickr / Nathan Ouellette / Governor's Office
Gov. Deval Patrick visited Massachusetts Maritime Academy on Taylors Point Wednesday afternoon to celebrate the fifth anniversary of four key energy and environment initiatives promulgated by his administration.
Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Rick Sullivan organized the event at The Beachmoor Inn, while MMA President Richard Gurnon offered welcoming remarks.
A clearly pleased Patrick said Massachusetts continues to lead the way for America when it comes to pursuing aggressive alternative-energy planning and goals and dealing with climate change.
The governor highlighted his administration’s successes with the Green Communities Act, Global Warming Solutions Act, the Green Jobs Act and the Massachusetts Oceans Act over the past five years. He said there has been an 11 percent reduction in gashouse emissions and an 11 percent increase in clean energy jobs from 2011 to 2012.
Sullivan told assembled administration officials that Massachusetts has become “a national leader” in clean energy. “Today we are more energy independent, our natural resources are better protected and we have fostered a thriving innovative clean energy economy in the commonwealth,” he said.
Patrick followed that theme, saying his administration five years ago “took a fresh look at our energy realities in Massachusetts,” vowing to reclaim the environment, create new green-energy jobs and reduce greenhouse-gas emissions.
“Our climate is changing,” Patrick said. “And the economy is changing to meet it. For Massachusetts, that change means the whole world can be its customer. The challenge is to address the extreme threats of climate change with its destructive weather. We have to become more resilient and be able to adapt to climate change. We must show our national leaders what can be done. We can’t leave our future to chance.
“We must continue to govern for the next generation,” Patrick said. “Not the next election cycle.”
Patrick thanked for Environmental Affairs Secretary Ian Bowles of Woods Hole and former state Sen. Robert O’Leary of Barnstable for their efforts in re-shaping how Massachusetts addresses new energy realities.
He also credited NOAA administrator John Bullard for his efforts and New Bedford May Jon Mitchell, whose city will host a marine terminal that will provide logistical support for America’s first wind farm in the Nantucket Shoals.
Admiral Gurnon welcomed the gathering, citing MassMaritime’s alternative energy efforts; which include a solar program and a wind turbine as well as a soon to be built hydro-kinetic project at the canal.
“We’re going to suck energy out of the canal,” Gurnon said.