Malloy, Marsh, Foley Address Issues Facing Connecticut
Connecticut Fund for the Environment and nine other regional environmental groups hosted a forum today for Connecticut’s gubernatorial candidates. Republican Tom Foley, Democrat Dan Malloy, and Independent Tom Marsh gathered at Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies to speak on their environmental priorities and answer questions from audience members and moderator Nancy Cohen of WNPR Connecticut Public Radio.
“This is a watershed moment for Connecticut’s economy and environment,” said Don Strait, executive director of Connecticut Fund for the Environment. “The next governor will have to set out a vision for clean energy and transportation, both of which are key to jobs and Connecticut’s economy. He will also have to address how to protect our natural resources, like Long Island Sound, clean rivers, and healthy forests, which are so important to the state’s high quality of life.”
Democrat Dan Malloy and Republican Tom Foley are scheduled to appear at Fairfield University on Tuesday. The 3 p.m. debate is sponsored by and will air live on Connecticut Public Television, Connecticut Public Radio and WFSB-TV. Independent candidate Tom Marsh wasn’t invited. The three candidates are running for the seat being vacated by Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell, who’s not seeking re-election.
“Getting to Green: A Forum for Connecticut’s Gubernatorial Candidates on Energy, Economy and the Environment” was structured to allow each candidate time to give a brief statement, after which they were interviewed by moderator Nancy Cohen, who also asked them questions submitted by the audience prior to the forum. The candidates appeared sequentially, their order chosen at random just before the event.
“Connecticut is and must continue to be a leader in environmental policy,” Tom Foley, Republican nominee, said. “When I am governor we will promote energy efficiency, use of renewable and alternative energy sources, and we will continue to support the policies and programs to preserve open spaces, clean-up our waterways including Long Island Sound, and improve air quality. As governor, I hope to make Connecticut a leader in developing alternative energy technology to create jobs.”
The candidates praised Connecticut’s intellectual resources and innovation. The state has a growing clean energy research industry and prominent academic programs in forestry and agriculture.
“Sustainability is perhaps Connecticut’s greatest opportunity. It is the linchpin that connects economic, environmental, transportation, and employment policy, all of which impact our quality of life,” said Tom Marsh, Independent Party candidate for governor. “I have great confidence in our abilities. As governor I will build upon Connecticut’s substantial professional and academic assets, focusing not on particular technology or industry, but on the premise that the cross-discipline expertise that exists here will provide the synergy to attract investment and growth for decades to come.”
Another common thread was the job-growth potential of environmental initiatives and the necessity of linking economic and environmental planning to create the greatest long-term benefits for the state.
“Good environmental policy impacts a great deal more than the ecosystem—it also allows us to create jobs, grow our economy, and make Connecticut a more sustainable place to work and live,” said Dan Malloy, Democratic nominee for governor. “As Mayor of Stamford, I helped make environmental improvement a fundamental goal of the way we did business. Given the chance, I’ll do the same as Governor.”
The event was sponsored by Audubon Connecticut, Connecticut Citizens Transportation Lobby, Connecticut Fund for the Environment and its program Save the Sound, Connecticut League of Conservation Voters, Environment Northeast, Regional Plan Association, Rivers Alliance of Connecticut, Sierra Club-Connecticut Chapter, Solar Connecticut, and Transit for Connecticut.
From the Hartford Advocate:
A few people in the environmentally conscious crowd sighed when Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Foley declared that he wasn’t sure whether human activity led to rising global temperatures. But he went on to say that it doesn’t matter what the cause is, the state needs to conserve energy and reduce its reliance on fossil fuels and foreign oil. via : Tom Foley Pleads For Environmental Conservation – Hartford Advocate.
Read the story in CT Mirror:
Connecticut’s gubernatorial candidates split Monday over how to make the environmental watchdog process more efficient without putting the state’s populace and natural resources at risk.During a Yale University forum sponsored by the Connecticut Fund for the Environment and nearly a dozen other environmental advocacy groups, Democrat Dan Malloy stopped short of pledging more staff for the Department of Environmental Protection, but questioned whether it could improve responsiveness with current employee levels.
Read coverage in the New Haven Independent:
The Connecticut Fund for the Environment and several other advocacy groups sponsored the forum, which featured a question-and-answer session for each candidate with WNPR environmental reporter Nancy Cohen.
And from the Yale Daily News:
In addition to the two frontrunners, Independent candidate Marsh spoke on the need to better organize state agencies working on environmental policymaking. To demonstrate, Marsh held up a chart during his speech showing a web of bubbles and lines that he said represented the disarray of the state’s energy policy.
With the gubernatorial election now two weeks away, polls show Malloy ahead of Foley by margins of 5 to 8 percentage points.