Shannon Liss-Riordan challenges GA candidates in climate debate, Campbell resists

Climate policy seems to be the subject of debate among Democratic candidates for attorney general in the run-up to Earth Day this month.

In response to a challenge from candidate and labor attorney Shannon Liss-Riordan, the group of candidates, which also includes former Boston City Councilwoman Andrea Campbell and former Obama administration official Quentin Palfrey, appeared to coalesce. around the concept of a series of forums. The details have yet to be worked out, but Campbell is trying to broaden their scope.

“We can all agree on the urgency of this issue,” Liss-Riordan said. “We must act as a commonwealth, nation and global community to save our planet. If elected, I pledge to be the nation’s lead attorney general on fighting climate change and protecting our environment.

Liss-Riordan cited a recently released report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change which states that “without immediate and deep reductions in emissions across all sectors, limiting global warming to 1.5 (degrees) is out of reach”, which is a key objective to reduce the worst effects. of the climate crisis.

In her response, Campbell said she “wholeheartedly agrees that we need an urgent response to environmental injustices, and will connect with both campaigns in forums and debates”, although she did not clarified that she accepted a debate on the climate only. .

Campbell, who recently announced a tour of the state’s Gateway Cities, noted that “families are concerned not only about environmental injustices, but also about wage theft, housing affordability, economic prosperity, health care, public corruption and criminal justice and police reform, and much more,” she said.

“This means that any conversation about the powers of the AG office must also include these issues. The next GA can — and should — do all of this, all at the same time, to create real economic stability for every Massachusetts resident.

Campbell was also endorsed by Senator Ed Markey, a climate advocate who helped formulate the Green New Deal.

Liss-Riordan campaign manager Jordan Meehan called it “disturbing” that in less than 8 hours Campbell walked away from his deal for a climate-focused debate, although Campbell’s camp says that he never formally agreed and was generally open to debate on a range of topics, including climate injustice.

Quentin Palfrey, a former Obama and Biden administration staffer and former deputy attorney general, accepted the offer of a climate-focused debate and proposed four additional debates. Two debates are scheduled to take place before the convention and two between the convention and the September primary, and to be held in locations across the state.

In his letter to other campaigns, Palfrey highlighted his work protesting the dumping of radioactive waste in Cape Cod Bay, opposing a compressor station in Weymouth as proof of his commitment to the environment.

Attorney General Maura Healey has used her role in the office to sue the Trump administration for several of its anti-climate policies, as well as ExxonMobil for misleading advertising. She also called on the SEC to require companies to disclose climate risks.

Healey, who is now running for governor, will take part in a climate-focused forum against Senator Sonia Chang-Díaz this month, sponsored by WBUR and the Environmental League of Massachusetts.

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