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Tax carbon emissions to reduce "undeniable climate crisis"

Berwick is calling for his state to become the first in the nation to establish a tax on carbon emissions. In a post on political commentary site Blue Mass Group, Berwick said an "undeniable climate crisis" was one of the driving factors in his decision to support a carbon tax. However, he also proposed replacing taxes on pollution with cuts in property and income taxes--something he said could increase Massachusetts' GDP by $450 million per year.

"As it is written today, our tax system puts more of a burden on the activities we want to encourage--work and investment--than it puts on pollution," Berwick wrote. "By levying a tax on harmful carbon dioxide emitted into our air, we can raise enough revenue to reduce the income and sales tax burdens for Massachusetts families and small businesses."

Out of the five Democratic candidates for Massachusetts governor, Berwick is actually one of three that has expressed support for a tax on carbon pollution; [the others are] Joe Avellone & Juliette Kayyem.

Source: ThinkProgress.com on 2014 Massachusetts gubernatorial race , Feb 25, 2014

Double state investment in clean energy from 0.6% to 1.2%

Berwick's announcement [calling for a carbon tax] is the latest in a string of statements by candidates for the state's highest office in support of various environmental measures including a carbon tax and cap-and-trade system, signalling the race may have a strong focus on climate-related issues.

Martha Coakley has not publicly come out in support of taxing pollution, saying that she's "not sure it's the only solution" to climate change. Coakley has in the past, however, voiced support for a national cap-and-trade program.

Berwick has also expressed support for a mandatory cap and trade carbon emissions control system, and has said he would double the state's investment in clean energy from 0.6 percent of the budget to 1.2 percent.

A tax on carbon emissions would be win for environmentalists and those concerned about climate change. If the US itself were to impose a carbon tax of $25 per ton of emissions, it would cut the deficit by $1 trillion over a decade.

Source: ThinkProgress.com on 2014 Massachusetts gubernatorial race , Feb 25, 2014

Double down on efforts to reduce our carbon footprint

Climate change is the most pressing concern to the health of our planet and to future generations. Rising sea levels, droughts, wildfires, and unprecedented climate change-induced storms threaten our livelihood as a Commonwealth. As Governor, I will double down on efforts to reduce our carbon footprint and protect our precious natural resources.

We need to recognize that the Commonwealth is uniquely vulnerable to two of the main effects of climate change, sea-level rise and more frequent severe storms. We have hundreds of miles of coastline that directly face the Atlantic Ocean and our biggest city is built in part on low-lying coastal areas. Hurricane Sandy should have been a huge wake-up call for us. If that storm had hit Boston directly and at high tide, 31% of the South Boston waterfront would have been under water, and floodwaters would have reached city hall. We would have seen billions of dollars in property damage and incalculable human suffering.

Source: 2014 Gubernatorial campaign website, BerwickForGovernor.com , Feb 1, 2014

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Tom Menino
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Gubernatorial Debates 2017:
NJ: Guadagno(R) vs.Phil Murphy(D, won 2017 primary) vs.Ray Lesniak(D, lost 2017 primary) vs.Mayor Steve Fulop(declined Dem. primary, Sept. 2016) vs.Lesniak(D) vs.Wisniewski(D) vs.Ciattarelli(R) vs.Rullo(R)
VA: Gillespie(R) vs.Perriello(D) vs.Wittman(R) vs.Wagner(R) vs.Northam(D)
Gubernatorial Debates 2018:
AK: Walker(i) vs.(no opponent yet)
AL: Kay Ivey(R) vs.Countryman(D) vs.David Carrington (R) vs.Tommy Battle (R)
AR: Hutchinson(R) vs.(no opponent yet)
AZ: Ducey(R) vs.David Garcia (D)
CA: Newsom(D) vs.Chiang(D) vs.Villaraigosa(D) vs.Delaine Eastin (D) vs.David Hadley (R) vs.John Cox (R) vs.Zoltan Istvan (I)
CO: Ed Perlmutter (D) vs.Johnston(D) vs.Mitchell(R) vs.Cary Kennedy (D) vs.George Brauchler (R) vs.Doug Robinson (R)
CT: Malloy(D) vs.Drew(D) vs.Srinivasan(R) vs.David Walker (R)
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