ON FOSSIL FUELS, BAKER SAYS "WE DON'T TAKE OPTIONS OFF THE TABLE" [+AUDIO]
By Michael P. Norton
STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE
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."
Already a subscriber? Login to continue reading...
Get the Rest of the Story!
State House News Service subscribers include media outlets, corporations, non-profits and law offices of every size. You may request a free 21-day trial of the News Service for your company by submitting the form below.
Note to political campaigns: We do not accept trial requests from campaigns from June 24 through Election Day. However, we would be happy to start a pre-paid subscription for your campaign (except for constitutional offices) at a deeply-discounted rate of $21/week, paid through the election. Simply email Virginia Cummings to set up this subscription; she'll send you further instructions.
If you are already a subscriber and need access to SHNS, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 617-722-2439.