"I think it’s clear ... that we need to throw everything in the toolbox at climate right now,''said Rep. Maria Robinson of Middlesex, one of several legislators who showed their support by attending.
That statement encapsulates much of what the climate debate is all about. Urgency is indeed needed if the alternative is lethargy - and the longer activists think climate change goes unaddressed, the less likely they’ll support more moderate steps that might balance environmental concerns with those of businesses and local governments.
Massachusetts isn’t always as progressive as it seems. Our female leaders are fighting to change that
“It’s the culture of the [State House] that needs to be changed,” says state Representative Maria Robinson, the first-term Framingham Democrat who led the challenge against leadership on the corporate tax change and feels newly elected progressive women like herself are not being heard by the House leadership.