This isn’t the most enjoyable way to welcome your colleagues from across the country. Environmental activists are pressuring Boston Mayor Marty Walsh this week, their protests timed to coincide with the US Conference of Mayors meeting in the city.
Walsh has made climate change a front-and-center issue. He pledged to set the city on a path to be “carbon neutral” by 2050. But many environmentalists say he’s moving too slowly to turn his words into action -- thus the #WalkTheTalkOnClimate hashtag that surfaced on social media.
The critics call for more stringent building rules, and to stop additional pipeline expansions. But their biggest beef seems to be with the approach the Walsh administration has taken with a green-energy buying proposal for Boston residents.
The City Council endorsed a Community Choice Energy program last fall, following a number of Boston suburbs. (These programs purchase more renewable energy than what’s required in the basic utility plans that most people use today.) Now, councilors seem frustrated that the administration hasn’t moved more quickly to follow up. (read more)
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