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By Michael P. Norton

STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, NOV. 9, 2017.....Defending his administration's commitment to developing clean energy sources, Gov. Charlie Baker on Thursday responded to activists who are aggressively pressing him to take steps to halt new fossil fuel infrastructure, saying all options should remain on the table and that he doesn't "take a backseat to anybody" on renewable energy.

"As a general rule our strategy on this stuff has been to make sure we don't take options off the table," Baker told reporters when asked about protesters who filled his office lobby Wednesday and returned to Beacon Hill on Thursday. "There are always options and possibilities that are not foreseen, and we shouldn't be painting ourselves into a corner, especially in a sector like this where the changes are coming fast and furious."

Baker continued, "I mean if you think about where electric vehicles were five years ago and you think about where electric vehicles are now, and where electric vehicles are going to be five years, or six years or seven years from now, I think the idea of painting ourselves into a one-size-fits-all approach to dealing with any of this stuff doesn't make any sense."

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