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Thursday, April 28, 2022

Sonia Chang-Díaz pledges to reject fossil fuel donations at environmental forum

 Sonia Chang-Díaz pledges to reject fossil fuel donations at environmental forum

Sonia Chang-Díaz is the only candidate in the primary to reject fossil fuel donations and to commit to block building new fossil fuel infrastructure

BOSTON, MA - State Senator and gubernatorial candidate Sonia Chang-Díaz pledged to reject all donations from the fossil fuel industry at an in-person forum sponsored by the Environmental League of Massachusetts and WBUR. 

“I’m making a pledge here tonight that I will reject all campaign donations from oil, gas, and coal executives and their lobbyists and their PACs," Chang-Díaz said. "And I want to invite the Attorney General to join me in that pledge so that voters in Massachusetts can know where our loyalties are and where our North Star lies. My anchor is going to be with working families all across this state.” 

Chang-Díaz’s Democratic opponent, Attorney General Maura Healey has accepted $50,000 in contributions with links to the industry since her last election. The Attorney General would not commit to returning any of the funds she received during tonight’s forum or joining Senator Chang-Díaz in pledging to reject any future contributions.

As part of her Green New Deal for Massachusetts, Chang-Díaz has pledged to block the construction of any new fossil fuel infrastructure. The Attorney General has not made the same commitment. 

“We need to have the courage to address the scale of this crisis. I am proud to have put forward the most progressive plan fighting for climate justice,” said Chang-Díaz. “If we’re serious about climate change, every elected leader in the state should make an ongoing commitment to reject donations from the fossil fuel industry.”

In addition to being the only candidate to reject fossil fuel donations, Chang-Díaz is also the only candidate to commit to fare-free public transit and to call for eliminating carbon emissions from all buildings by 2045.

“The climate crisis is an existential threat to our state, our country, and our world — but there are lots of reasons to feel hope,” said Chang-Díaz. “With a Green New Deal for Massachusetts, we can create good climate jobs right here in the Bay State, create fare-free transportation, and expand public transportation across our state. We can make Massachusetts a better place to live for all working people. We just need to have the courage, sense of urgency, and political will to fight for it.” 

For more information about Sonia Chang-Díaz and her campaign for Governor, please visit www.soniachangdiaz.com.

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