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Make Polluters Pay

October 22, 2023 , 5:00 pm 6:00 pm EDT

Learn about the movement to make “polluters pay” during this free webinar.

The principle of Polluters Pay is simple: those who make a mess should be the ones to clean it up. Any well-behaved 5-year-old would tell you this is fair. So why do we let big oil, coal, and gas corporations get away with it? 

For decades, fossil fuel corporations have made record profits while destroying our shared environment. And for decades, taxpayers have footed the bill for cleaning up the mess. It’s time we turned that around. The costs of climate change are growing every year as the effects become more and more extreme. We need strong legislation to ensure that the profitable fossil fuel corporations are held accountable for their actions.

Better Future Project, in partnership with 350 Massachusetts and Mass Power Forward, will be filing legislation to create a climate change superfund which will establish the climate change adaptation cost recovery program. It will require companies that have contributed significantly to the buildup of climate-warming greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere to bear a share of the costs of needed infrastructure investment, raising an estimated $75 billion over 25 years from the 20 largest polluting companies. This influx of funds will enable the commonwealth to prepare for the coming climate impacts.

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