CLIMATE CRISISMassachusetts Democrats recognize that climate change is real and is already causing disruption and destructionto our property and our lives. The melting of polar ice caps, increased numbers and severity of storms, increaseddrought and flooding are all changes we cannot ignore. We understand that these changes are a direct result of human activity, primarily green house gas emissions from burning fossil fuels including coal, oil and naturalgas. We understand that the resulting Climate Crisis requires prioritized attention and action on the scaleequivalent to a major war. It is urgent that the we take immediate action at all levels of government.Massachusetts Democrats Support:1. Remembering and acting upon the reality that we have the resources in the public and privatesectors to address climate change successfully if we are prompt, smart, and shift our resources towardsmart policies.2. Providing local, state, national, and international leadership in addressing climate change.3. Changing the economy to a sustainable economy rather than an economy structured around the presumption of growth and presumed increases in population and consumption.4.Preparing for the anticipated impacts of climate change, including flooding, storms, speciesmigration, heat waves, etc., and communicating with the public forthrightly about the realities of thoseimpacts and the requirements of mitigation.5.Reducing as soon as possible and ultimately eliminating fossil fuel consumption. This meansrejection of tar sands oil, including the Keystone XL and Northeast pipelines; rejection of fracking; andno approvals for additional coal and gas capacity. .6.Disinvesting taxpayer funds from programs and policies that subsidize oil production.7.Putting a price on carbon using a tax, a cap and trade system, or some other mechanism.8.Investing in wind, solar and other renewable energy sources to replace fossil fuels.9.Accelerating weatherization and other programs that will help individuals and businessesreduce the net amount of carbon entering the atmosphere, through methods that create local jobswhenever possible, do not bloat bureaucracy, and do not merely subsidize or prop existing state vendors, but instead foster market creativity and innovation.10.Encouraging voluntary behavior changes that reduce the impacts of climate change and/or improve the ability to cope effectively.11.Updating and upgrading infrastructure projects of all types, including transportation systems,with commitments to minimize climate change and its impacts.12.Upgrading the MA public transportation system so that by 2060, 90% of the population in andnear Boston can travel to destinations without using personal fossil-fueled vehicles. Alternativetransportation methods include public transportation, bicycles and other person-powered vehicles, and public personally-driven electric vehicles.13.Recognizing that the party with the strongest grass-roots organization will be in the best position to develop and implement the needed institutional, social and political changes required to copewith the climate change.14.Creating a Climate Action Committee as part of the State Committee, and a Climate ChangeCaucus as a subcommittee. The purpose of the CAC shall be to foster collaboration of towns and people, formulation of actions to perform, and oversight to see that they are completed well. TheCaucus shall be an ad hoc subcommittee consisting of as many as two representatives from each DTC.It shall be a think tank and action arm of the CAC.