WASHINGTON -- Pride in the Olde Towne Team merged with Capitol Hill lawmaking Thursday, as Senator Edward J. Markey revised his planned remarks on energy legislation to plug the Red Sox World Series victory.
Markey, a Massachusetts Democrat, still planned to introduce his first piece of policy legislation in the Senate this morning, making good on a promise to tackle climate change with new renewable energy requirements. But he added a new section to his prepared floor speech to reflect in the glow of the Red Sox.
Markey, who still keeps the ticket stub from the 1967 World Series game he attended as a youth, planned to discuss the role of the Red Sox in the life of New England following the fatal Boston Marathon bombing.
“While this team can’t bring back the lives we lost, or heal the wounds inflicted, it did what no other team besides the Red Sox can do: it reaffirmed our common bond in Massachusetts, in New England, and with Red Sox Nation fans everywhere,” Markey planned to say. “It gave us the chance to all raise our hands in triumph again, together, as one.”
Regarding climate policy, Markey has long championed alternative energy sources, though he is a staunch opponent of nuclear energy. Before he was sworn in in July to replace Secretary of State John F. Kerry in the Senate, Markey counted energy and climate change legislation as one of his signature issues over a career of nearly 37 years in the House.
Markey’s first Senate bill would force electric utilities to acquire 25 percent of their electricity from renewable sources by 2025. The bill would also require electric and natural gas utilities to create new efficiency programs over the same period.
Markey’s office claims the new measures would quadruple renewable energy production in the united States, create 400,000 new jobs, and save consumers an average of $39 a year. Opponents of increased regulation have disputed that such measures save money and often say they increase costs to businesses, consumers, or taxpayers, when they receive subsidies.
“These advances, these jobs, these technologies have flourished in Massachusetts because we have set the right policies, and encouraged our companies to lead,” Markey planned to say on the Senate floor, according to remarks provided by his office. “I want American workers to build and export wind turbines and solar panels that say ‘made in America’ instead of the American economy importing millions of barrels of oil a day that say ‘made by OPEC.’”