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Boston's Concern for Climate Change

Global warming and rising sea levels will soon threaten parts of Boston.Tomorrow Boston will express their concern for the climate in Christopher Columbus Park. Locals attending the International Day of Climate Action will dress in snorkels and life jackets. Forming a human and sand bag sea wall, hopes are local government officials will catch a glimpse of their anxiety.

International Day of Climate Action, lead by author Bill McKibben, may be the largest political environmental action yet. According to the Boston Globe an expected 4,500 events are to take place in over 175 nations. Participants in these events hope to pressure political leaders to help stabilize carbon dioxide in the atmosphere to 350 parts per million. Current carbon dioxide levels sit around 390 parts per million, without intervention these levels inevitably rise even further.

12 Massachusetts Dealerships Shut Down

789 dealerships have lost their Chrysler LLC franchise.  Among those, 12 of them have been in Massachusetts.  The bankrupt auto maker was forced to pare off these dealerships from their network.   This is all part of their government-backed reinvention plan.

Kathy Graham, a spokeswoman for Chrysler reported to the Boston Globe on the matter.  “We have found homes for all the inventory. The company  expects to start redistributing roughly 26,000 vehicles – about 60 percent of the 44,000 originally on the lots of dealerships losing their franchises. The rest have been sold by the dealers since the closings were announced last month. ”

The dealerships that were on the cutting block were able to liquidate their inventory by cutting prices or selling dealerships staying in business.  Some dealers took $4,000 to $5,000 losses on some of their recent sales.

Some of the dealers are planning to take Chrysler to court.  Billy Donley, a franchise law attorney with Baker Hostetler, said he “believes the bankruptcy ruling will trump the state laws that would be used to protect the dealer. ”

If that is the case, these dealers are out of luck.  Some plan to transition into the used car market and others are hoping to survive because they sell more than one brand.  For example,  Pete Krause, who owns a dealership in Dudley, said his business will survive because it also sells Toyota’s.

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