Jill Stein and Tim Cahill Participate MA Gubernatorial Debate

All four candidates slated to appear on the ballot in the Massachusetts gubernatorial race in November participated in a debate on Monday. Participants were Republican Charlie Baker, incumbent Democrat Deval Patrick, Independent Tim Cahill, and Green-Rainbow candidate Jill Stein. Some relevant debate excerpts from the Telegram & Gazette:

From Cahill:

Mr. Cahill said Cape Wind would make the state lesscompetitive and on-shore wind development would make more sense.

“Cape Wind is the perfect example of the wrong approach to renewable energy investment,” Mr. Baker said, arguing the state should invest instead in other “alternative” sources, which he said include nuclear and natural gas.

Nuclear power, he said, is a “cheaper and now safer alternative than it used to be.” But he added if the state is having trouble siting windmills, it would be “impossible” to site new nuclear plants.

Mr. Cahill complained that the state gave Evergreen Solar $68 million in subsidies and the company later began sending jobs to China; Mr. Patrick disputed the claim.

From Stein:

Ms. Stein said she supports wind energy but the contracts for Cape Wind power are too expensive. She also called on the governor to return donations from utilities and companies associated with the project, first proposed nine years ago, and to seek competitive bids for the offshore project to get lower power costs for consumers.

She said it would be “incredibly foolhardy” for the state to boost nuclear power production and that society is paying a high price for global warming from fossil fuels. “Absolutely no, we don’t want to go nuclear,” she said.

Right now, she said, energy conservation and efficiency programs that will create jobs and cut energy costs are the best investment options for the state.

After the debate, the Boston Globe released an editorial calling for Stein and Cahill’s inclusion in all future gubernatorial debates.

11 thoughts on “Jill Stein and Tim Cahill Participate MA Gubernatorial Debate

  1. Green Party Conservative

    The Green party parliamentary co-leaders in the Bundestag, Renate Künast and Jürgen Trittin, also conveyed their shock.

    “Sepp Daxenberger was a social conservative rebel who combined political radicalism, ecological consciousness, a bond with his homeland and a Christian set of values in unique ways,” they said in a statement.

  2. '..... just look at the activists ' [Lake]

    similar and the same,
    or
    similar and different:

    “Jill will appear at Boston Greenfest this weekend
    (http://www.bostongreenfest.org/)
    at City Hall Plaza in Boston (Take the T! Gov’t Center stop on the Green Line, State St. stop on the Orange Line).

    She is scheduled to participate in a debate with the other gubernatorial candidates on Saturday, starting at 4:00 p.m. At this time, both Governor Deval Patrick and Republican Charlie Baker have declined to appear at the Greenfest debate …….”

  3. Ross

    The Boston Globe also had an article today praising Jill Stein and Tim Cahill, saying they deserve to be in all the other debates.

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