Last year, as families across the country struggled through the coronavirus pandemic, a barrage of crises compounded their suffering: catastrophic megablazes out West, flash floods and hurricanes that decimated the East Coast, and heat waves that killed record numbers of Americans in the Pacific Northwest. Nearly 80 percent of all Americans lived through a heat wave last year, and four heat waves in Massachusetts broke records. Climate change costs taxpayers billions of dollars each year — and countless human lives. This is not tomorrow’s problem. It is our reality today.

In addition to exacerbating extreme weather, US dependence on fossil fuels affects Americans’ health, particularly in disadvantaged communities. Reliance on oil and gas has also fed violent conflict and the coffers of oligarchs around the world, constituting more than one-third of all of Russia’s revenue in 2021. That same revenue has empowered Russia’s…

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