Federal energy reform deserves strong support

This fall, the US Senate will be considering massive clean energy legislation that can change the way we produce and consume our nation’s energy resources. Rather than rely on the old and wasteful sources of the past, we can move our country toward a clean energy future.

We can put millions of Americans and thousands of Bay State residents to work building wind farms, installing solar panels, weatherizing homes and making new energy-efficient buildings. According to a recent report by the Union of Concerned Scientists, investments in clean energy and energy efficiency can save consumers and businesses in New England $16 billion annually by 2030.

Passing energy reform may not be easy, but it is the right thing to do for our state and our country. With a Washington Post poll showing nine out of 10 Americans support expanding clean energy use, now is the time to act. We need the strong backing of Sen. John Kerry to achieve reform this fall. I urge him to support this bill, and I urge all residents of Jamaica Plain and all of Boston to do the same.

Aaron Gunderson
Jamaica Plain

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