Climate Change Worries Brings $10K Grant for Local Agency

Rep. Brian S. Dempsey, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee.

Rep. Brian S. Dempsey, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee.

Preparing for emergencies related to climate change is the impetus behind a $10,000 state grant for the Merrimack Valley Planning Commission.

The regional planning agency received the money from the state Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs to “help train first responders, businesses and communities prevent climate change weather-related industrial accidents through emergency preparedness.”

“This grant will provide first responders and manufacturers in our region with essential training to mitigate toxic pollution and be prepared to address chemical accidents in our communities,” said state Rep. Brian S. Dempsey. “It is important that we have educated and well trained local partners prepared to protect our communities from unforeseen disasters,” he added.

The grant comes from $68,234 set aside by Gov. Charlie Baker’s administration to support quasi-government planning agencies with chemical safety and “climate change resiliency planning,” a statement read. The Commonwealth received the money from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

“Massachusetts is taking practical and responsible steps in anticipation of increased storm events, flooding and other variables related to climate change. I’m glad the Merrimack Valley Planning Commission was one of the state’s regional planning agencies selected to receive this grant funding to assist our communities in toxic chemical safety practices. Reducing the use of toxic chemicals and ensuring their safe transport and storage needs to be a critical priority and this grant advances that goal,” said state Sen. Kathleen O’Connor Ives.

Besides Dempsey and O’Connor Ives, the announcement was made by Reps. Linda Dean Campbell and Diana DiZoglio.

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4 Comments

  1. Jack Haverhill said:

    You’d think these brain dead liberal politicians would pick a day that didn’t have a wind chill of 3 degrees for the 4th straight day before promoting how much they’re doing to protect us from global warming.

    • Bob Haverhill said:

      I read this comment this morning, felt dead inside, and reminded myself to–out of a desperate hope that online commenting may have some purpose–try to explain something very simple: “weather” and “climate” are totally different concepts. On that score, while the *weather* recently has been chilly, the overall trend, i.e. climate, is warming. Record warming. See below.

      https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/capital-weather-gang/wp/2017/01/09/u-s-posts-second-warmest-year-on-record-breadth-of-warmth-unparalleled/?tid=sm_tw&utm_term=.1288e3f43c41

      For the love of all that is holy, this argument needs to stop. It’s illogical. It’s idiotic. It’s absurd. Tell me anything else to help sleep better at night. Trump says it’s a conspiracy made up by China (meanwhile, their one-party system’s biggest threat is popular unrest in response to the terrible environmental conditions in China). Go with that! Even that bogus theory requires someone to at least think for a split second before dismissing it.

      • Jack Haverhill said:

        Bob, my comment here wasn’t to debate the issue if climate temperatures are changing. Of course they’re changing, they always have and always will. My comment was meant to point out the insanity of liberal politicians who once again spend taxpayer money to make sure they get their names in the paper and accomplish absolutely nothing in the process.

        The whole issue of global warming began by the boys at Enron who thought they could commoditize this issue and make money by trading energy credits within a market. But it was Al Gore who was the real genius!! Gore stole the issue from the Enron boys and using inaccurate science packaged it into a story that he then sold to his liberal brain dead followers. He personally made hundreds of millions of dollars in the process. Pure genius at work. And as you see by this article, insane liberals are still selling the BS for the sake of self promotion.

        Don’t forget Bob, “the announcement was made by Reps. Linda Dean Campbell and Diana DiZoglio.”

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