Last week scientists confirmed what many Bay Staters have begun to see as the norm: 2012 was the hottest year on record in the United States (“Year was nation’s warmest on record,” Page A1, Jan. 9). Nineteen states also saw record heat years, including Massachusetts. We need only think back to July’s heat and the destruction caused by Superstorm Sandy to consider what we can expect to see more of if we don’t take action to curb global warming now.
We know what needs to be done — cut the largest sources of carbon pollution fueling global warming, and build up Massachusetts’ renewable programs. The path to turn down the heat at the country’s biggest source of carbon pollution is here. President Obama and the Environmental Protection Agency are proposing rules to limit carbon pollution from new power plants for the first time ever. A record number of Americans have already spoken out in support of the proposed standards, and I urge the EPA to finish the job on these standards and also develop standards for existing power plants.