Massachussets Gov. Deval Patrick Want Other People To Give Up Fossil Fuels

Nothing like a long, boring, patronizing speech on “climate change” during college commencement ceremonies

(Climate Progress) Deval Patrick is finishing up his second term as Governor of Massachusetts this year, but instead of fading into the role of a lame duck, he said something on Friday that it’s possible no sitting governor has said before.

Speaking to the UMass Amherst’s boisterous graduating class of 2014, Patrick detailed how “Massachusetts should finally end all reliance on conventional coal generation” in four years, and called for “a future free of fossil fuels.”

Say, how’d he get to Amherst? Think he walked or rode a bike? Mass. has no governor’s mansion (weird, eh?) His home is in Milton, Mass, almost two hours away from Amherst. Though his office is a bit closer.

While Patrick began his speech with the importance of citizenship, he devoted the majority of his time to climate change and clean energy. He highlighted the recent National Climate Assessment and how climate change was affecting New England. He then laid out the steps Massachusetts has taken over the last decade and a half to cut carbon emissions, invest in clean energy, and adapt to a changing climate.

“Between 2000 and 2012, the electricity generated from coal in New England dropped from 18 percent to 3 percent; electricity generated from oil is down from 22 percent to less than 1 percent,” Patrick said.

Good thing the cost of energy in Massachusetts hasn’t increased or something. Oh, wait, they have, because they are relying more on natural gas, which hasn’t been able to keep up with the demand due to cold and snowy winters, what with coal and oil artificially down. And simply up thanks to the renewables rules overall.

Anyhow, there you go, Warmists in Massachusetts: give up your own fossil fuels usage to save the climate or something. Even though Patrick himself takes lots of helicopter flights. Takes long fossil fueled car trips. Flies fossil fueled planes (he just flew to Latin America).

BTW, I’m up for replacing fossil fuels, gas mostly, as I’ve noted many times. Not because of “climate change”, but simply because they are environmentally pollutant, and not having to rely on other nations, particularly ones that are not friendly and are Islamist hotbeds.

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2 Responses to “Massachussets Gov. Deval Patrick Want Other People To Give Up Fossil Fuels”

  1. Jeffery says:

    Teach,

    You’re as dense as a black hole. Massachusetts has cut its use of fossil fuels! In fact almost every blue state emits less CO2/person than do you conservatives in red states. You repeat this canard that liberals haven’t reduced their use of fossil fuels, but unfortunately (for you) the facts prove you wrong.

  2. john says:

    Teach you would certainly have made a point if the MA Gov had travelled to Amherst in a COAL powered vehicle. Coal is the dirtiest of all fossil fuels.
    Teach how can you be pro Keystone pipeline when that will allow energy to be shipped away from the USA to whomever will pay the most

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