Shannon Liss-Riordan challenges AG candidates to climate-focused debate, Campbell resists

Originally published April 7, 2022 (here)


Boston Herald

It appears that climate policy is up for debate among the Democratic candidates for Attorney General as Earth Day approaches this month.

In response to a challenge from candidate and labor attorney Shannon Liss-Riordan, the field of candidates, which also includes former Boston City Councilor Andrea Campbell and former Obama Administration official Quentin Palfrey, seemed to coalesce around the notion of a series of forums. The details still need to be ironed out, but Campbell is attempting to widen their scope.

“We can all agree on the urgency of this issue,” said Liss-Riordan. “We must act as a Commonwealth, country and global community to save our planet. If elected, I pledge to be the nation’s leading Attorney General when it comes to combating climate change and protecting our environment.”

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