Remove Canadian hydropower imports from the Massachusetts 2050 Decarbonization Roadmap
To: Kathleen Theohardis, Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs
I am writing to urge you to remove imports of Canadian hydroelectricity and new transmission corridors from the Decarbonization Roadmap.
Importing this hydropower makes Massachusetts complicit in the environmental racism caused by from Hydro-Quebec operations on Indigenous lands in Canada.
Hydro-Quebec cannot substantiate its claims that its hydropower is “low emission”, clean or renewable -- and neither can Massachusetts. In fact, the emissions are on par with fossil fuels and contribute to the climate crisis.
Canadian hydropower dams destroy river systems and fisheries and impair the ocean’s ability to sequester carbon.
We are in a climate and biodiversity crisis. Importing Canadian hydropower and building transmission corridors for this electricity undermines a livable future. Exclude this from the Roadmap.