Skip to comments.Gov. Deval Patrick announces $52 million in state funding to combat effects of climate change
Posted on 01/14/2014 5:52:41 PM PST by matt04
Gov. Deval Patrick on Tuesday announced $52 million in state funding to help cities and towns combat the effects of climate change.
The single largest piece of the funding will be $40 million in municipal grants given to cities and towns to make their energy infrastructure more resilient using clean energy technology. There will also be $10 million for coastal infrastructure and dam repair and $2 million for a variety of other projects.
Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Richard Sullivan, of Westfield, said the money will be spread out across the state. The grants will be available to cities and towns to develop ways to maintain power and communications at police and fire stations, hospitals, emergency shelters and strategic gas stations.
"As we've seen in Western Massachusetts, with the tornado and the ice storms, you can have serious weather events across the commonwealth," Sullivan said. "This program is going to be very regionally diverse and will absolutely include work in Western Massachusetts."
The Legislature in 2007 and 2008 passed several bills requiring state government to address climate change by reducing greenhouses gases. Patrick's announcement on Tuesday, which was made at the New England Aquarium in Boston, focused on responding to the effects of climate change by preparing the state's transportation, utilities and other infrastructure to deal with more extreme weather.
Dwayne Breger, director of the division of renewable and alternative energy development at the state's Department of Energy Resources, said the municipal grants will allow cities and towns to tap into existing commercially available technology, including photovoltaics, solar panels and batteries for energy storage, to power emergency services, shelters and elderly housing even if the electrical grid goes down.
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Uh, they do know in a emergency you need power at police stations, fire stations, etc. all day, not just when they sun is shining. Right? Kinda like the generators they have for such a occasion, already in place.
Someone’s making money.
My family lives in Taxachusetts, I am pretty sure they are all laughing hysterically.
$52 Million to see if ice melts outside during summer.
And the fools just keep taking it in the....well, you know.
Just doling out the payoffs to his donors.
This requires a Gumpism: “Stupid is as Stupid does”.
The parrot is dead.
Not sleeping, not still, dead.
Theft, plain and simple. You cannot steal the money until you allocate it to some fraudulent project.
I'm thinking -- "Where'd the money come from? The cities and towns of MA, of course." It's simple redistribution and the vote buying.
Let me guess, towns that voted form him will get more money than others. The money they get will be spent on something completely unrelated to “climate change.”
Mini me is a disciple of 0, need I say more?
This whole state is corrupt to the nth degree.
Looks like a windfall for the police and fire dept. unions.
Pining for the fjords?
thar’s solar shrimp, solar stake, solar stew...
Isn’t all politics about money?
Seen any poor congresscritters lately?
Coupe deVal is such an idiot!
This is pure thievery....based on a hoax.
$52 million payoff to unions, friends and political support groups, plain and simple.
“As we’ve seen in Western Massachusetts, with the tornado and the ice storms,”
This is the area where Devil has his estate.
Wasting money gives me a chill.
$52 million money to be laundered in Democrat projects and the media is wall to wall coverage of a traffic jam on a bridge.
“Theft, plain and simple. You cannot steal the money until you allocate it to some fraudulent project.”
Boy, that is exactly what I was thinking only put so much more succinctly.
Next thing illumination change will become a problem and we will have to battle night and day.
Serves the fools of Massachusetts right for electing this dolt.
Actually he’s more aligned with the Clinton Crime Family and a likely VP candidate for Hillary.
If human-caused global warming were actually happening, that $55 Million wouldn’t amount to a fart in a tornado for stopping or even attenuating it..
Come to think of it, even though AGW IS NOT happening, it still won’t amount to a fart in a tornado. All it will do is line some well-placed libs’ pockets, not to mention the %$%$%$ that will find its way back to Patrick’s pockets....under the table, of course.
How much funding to protect against attacks by unicorns?
Howie Carr (AM680-WRKO-Boston)did an update this afternoon about the latest political scandal in the Democrat “Hack-o-Rama” of Mass. This time the legislature was using the state Probation & Parole department as a source of pay-off jobs for Dem legislators. “If you vote DeLeo for Speaker of the House, we’ll get you wife/neighbor/nephew/etc a good paying job in P&P”. Now Deval just shoveled a new pot of payoff money to his local hacks so they can Save the Planet by hiring more friends and relatives in do-nothing jobs.
We are all gonna DIE unless we spend $52 million taxpayer dollars with my cousins construction company.
Gov. Deval Patrick announces $52 million in state funding to Naragansett and Pequot Tribes for rain-dances to combat effects of climate change
they must really have a great government to be able to afford this amount of money protecting their citizens from sunlight and snow.....the environment...
VERY astute observation!!!
not unless the cuz is italian, and connected..
This is the reality of the $52 million. Basically, you get ten to fifteen medium-sized projects....likely $1 million to $6 million in size. If you look at solar panel pricing...you can figure that a dozen-odd state-owned buildings around the state will get the panels, and maybe another forty associated buildings (schools, gyms, libraries, etc). And that’s the end of the $52 million.
The solar panel dealer? I’d guess that three or four business operations are at the heart of this...all owned by Democratic contributors, and the price level will be 110-percent...meaning ten percent of this will go back to some Democratic candidate or such. So figure that five million will be funneled into the pockets of a helpful political figure.
Helping much? No. The competence level of the solar power installation folks has really slipped in the last decade....with a bunch of fly-by-night guys who do a marginal two-star job, and leave a barely functioning system at the hands of the customer. As many stories that you can dig up these days...a quarter of them have problems. So I have doubts that this really turns out well.
Enough morons in Massachusetts voted for this clown so they can suck up the consequences.