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On February 15, New England E2 members Berl Hartman, Rob Moir and Susan Goldhor testified at the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) public hearing in Salem, Massachusetts, in favor of strict regulation of CO2 emissions from Massachusetts’ power plants - the so called ?Filthy Five’ - and against Governor Mitt Romney’s proposals to weaken regulations already in place.

Berl Hartman, a clean energy marketing consultant, focused on the economic opportunities that the current regulations could create for Massachusetts’ companies, pointing out that the Governor’s proposed price caps on CO2 offsets would remove incentives to develop and invest in local technology to modernize plants and directly reduce pollution.

Susan Goldhor, a biologist and founder of the Center for Applied Regional Studies, highlighted the effects of global warming we are already experiencing and the fact that many scientists predict we may be approaching an irreversible tipping point. She noted that the tax benefits to the city of Salem from the power plant could well be far outweighed by the cost of climate change to this coastal community.

Rob Moir, vice president of ocean policy for the Ocean Alliance, former curator of natural history at Salem’s Peabody Essex Museum and founder of the Salem Sound Coast Watch, spoke about both the local and global impacts of power plant pollution. From the Salem perspective, Rob objected to the governor’s proposal that would allow CO2 offsets from anywhere in the world, noting that Salem would benefit most from cleaning up power plant pollution using local technology and companies.

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