Climate change alarmist Sen. Marc Pacheco (D-Taunton), unhappy that his climate change legislation is apparently going nowhere this year, has exposed his Senate colleagues on Beacon Hill as a bunch of do-nothings.

According to the State House News Service, Senator Marc unleashed the forces of hell upon his Senate pals as they were about to adjourn last week.

"You've got to be kidding me, like we can't do this in the next 13 days?" he asked.

Pacheco, who chairs the Senate Global Warming Committee (snicker), challenged his colleagues to actually do something before they break for the holiday recess.

"What if we did something, like, extraordinary, like what if we actually came in next week and worked for two full days? Wouldn't that be something? That would be amazing," he said. "We could come in and work for two days, and maybe we could take one full day, make this a priority and get it done. That's what we should do, for the environment, for our collective public health, for the future of this commonwealth, for stimulating economic development, the likes of which will be significant if we move forward with a clean energy bill this year."

SHNS says 36 of 40 state senators signed a resolution almost a year ago "pledging to support a variety of climate solutions in 2019." Oops! Proposed legislation that would address clean energy, clean vehicles, and buildings is likely to emerge in January. There has been a debate between Republicans and the Democratic majority in the Legislature over how to tax working stiffs like you and me to pay for all of this.

We've learned a couple of things here, though, courtesy of Senator Marc. First, the people we send to Boston to work on our behalf are apparently slackers who do very little, yet are compensated very well. Secondly, they are apparently bored with the work they are paid to do like figuring out how to pay for pothole repairs and such and believe it is with their purview to fix the environment. What say we leave that to a higher authority to do what we hire you to do?

Massachusetts is badly in need of government reform. The first order of business should be to make the Legislature part-time with term limits.

Barry Richard is the host of The Barry Richard Show on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard weekdays from noon to 3 p.m. Contact him at and follow him on Twitter @BarryJRichard58. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.

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