Guest essay by Eric Worrall
Boston Mayor Marty Walsh has announced that Boston will host the 2017 US-China Climate Leaders Summit. The announcement was made By US Secretary of State John Kerry, while he and Mayor Walsh were attending the 2 day U.S.-China Climate-Smart/Low-Carbon Cities Summit.
Thousands of leaders from across the globe will travel to Boston next summer to discuss climate change.
Boston will host the 2017 US-China Climate Leaders Summit, Mayor Martin J. Walsh and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry announced during a two-day climate summit this week in China.
“There is no more pressing, or defining, global challenge than climate change,” said Walsh in a statement. “We know we must be making investments now to create a more sustainable future for the world we share. I look forward to continuing these substantive, challenging conversations in Boston.”
The leaders will discuss and share experiences with building low-carbon, climate-resilient communities.
I must admit I had never heard of either conference before reading the article above. The 2 day U.S. summit which just finished didn’t make it to the UNFCCC Calendar.
Perhaps there are so many climate conferences for our jetset climate heroes to attend, that only the major conferences make it to the UN list. Or perhaps the US/China conferences are on a different list.
Whatever the explanation, I’m sure the people of Boston appreciate Mayor Walsh’s altruistic dedication to attending and hosting international climate conferences, to help Boston map a path to a low carbon future. Mayor Walsh’s determination to maintain his climate principles, regardless of the cost, is also noteworthy.
For years energy experts have warned that New England would pay a price for wanting to use more and more natural gas for heating buildings and to replace dirty coal-fired power plants for producing electricity, while not making any investments in expanding gas pipelines.
Tuesday came shocking word of just how much that situation will cost in a matter of weeks, as National Grid, Massachusetts’s biggest utility, said it needs to seek a 37 percent rate hike for the six months beginning November 1.