1. Gov. Deval Patrick announces $52 million in state funding to combat effects of climate change

    Gov. Deval Patrick announces $52 million in state funding to combat effects of climate change

    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.

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    1. As we've seen in Western Massachusetts, with the tornado and the ice storms, you can have serious weather events across the commonwealth.
    2. The question is not whether we need to act. We're past that.
    3. The cost of inaction is far greater than any investment we'll be making here.
    4. At a time where debate in Washington unfortunately has been about if climate change is real or what the impacts would be, we have not stooped to that level.
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