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Monday - Climate Action Now Monthly Gathering 
Monday,  June 25, 2018  7 to 9 PM
**First Churches of Northampton
129  Main Street, Northampton
 Accessible and on a bus line

Feel the warmth of community and the power of collective action as we move forward together at this critical moment in history
Tonight in South Hadley - Hear from the candidates - climate and environment
Tomorrow nights the big night! Come on out and bring a friend.
Last Thursday the MA Senate passed a clean energy bill with many good features by a vote of 35-0.  It includes a requirement to implement a market-based mechanism with carbon pricing for transportation by the end of 2020, for commercial and industrial buildings and processes by the end of 2021, and for residences by the end of 2022.  The Senate became the first state chamber in the country to pass carbon pricing!

Carbon pricing is here and viable!!  Now the real work begins; we need to use the Senate win as a springboard for a win for carbon pricing in the MA State House.   There is a real possibility that we can pass a version of carbon pricing  this session.   Tomorrow’s meeting is important to help us design our strategy and define the tasks we need to do. 

The meeting is June 19, tomorrow, at  9 AM  at Panera in Hadley (Walmart and Whole Foods mall on Route 9).   Hope to see you there!  Because of the July 4th holiday our next meeting will be July 17.  Moving forward, we meet on the first and third Tuesdays of the month. 

Onward,  Mary Jo

 Mary Jo Maffei

Carbon Pollution Fee and Rebate Group

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Speaking of carbon pollution have you seen the film "Burned" yet. We'll be interviewing one of the creators on Tuesday's The Enviro Show. envirosho.blogspot.com/2018/06/summer-solstice-2018-enviro-show.html

The Berkeley City Council declares a CLIMATE EMERGENCY, endorses a just citywide emergency mobilization effort to end greenhouse gas emissions as quickly as possible, and calls for a Bay Area town hall.

URGENT PHONE CALL ACTION ALERT this morning (Wed - vote in MA senate is tomorrow)! & please share

Please call: Senate Ways and Means Chairwoman, Karen Spilka, Karen.Spilka@masenate.gov, 617-722-1640 ASAP and urge her to SUPPORT THE Clean Energy Future Act WITH AMENDMENTS
1) combat climate change with a strong plan for meeting emissions reductions;
2) promote solar access for all, and;
3) push back on pipeline expansion.
4) divest from coal.
Basically: Support the bill, with Amendments 44,42,22,6,60 and 25.

SCRIPT:
Thank you for your dedication to clean energy and our environment. I understand the Senate will be voting this week on S.2545, An Act to Promote a Clean Energy Future. While I support what is in this bill, it is missing crucial provisions included in its previous version that would make it a much stronger and more effective bill.

* First, please support Amendment 44, submitted by Senator Pacheco.

(This amendment will ensure that the bill achieves the goals of the Clean Energy Roadmap language in the previous version of this bill, including appropriate emission reduction goals for 2030 and 2040, in the most cost-effective, timely and technologically feasible manner. )

* Second, please support Amendments 43, submitted by Senator Chang-Diaz, and Amendment 22, submitted by Senator Cyr.

(These amendments will expand solar access to renters and low-income communities and empower communities with new tools to promote renewable energy.)

* Third, please support Amendments 6, submitted by Senator Jehlen, and 60, submitted by Senator Hinds.

(These amendments will push back on unnecessary pipeline expansion that will only prolong our fossil-fuel dependency and delay the much-needed transition to a clean, renewable energy future and a sustainable and stronger economy.)

* Finally, please support Amendment 25 submitted by Senator Feeny which divests the MA Pension Fund from coal investments.

I urge you to support these amendments to S.2545.
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S.2545 has strong provisions to support a market-based mechanism for pricing carbon, a 3% increase in the Renewable Portfolio Standard and increased offshore wind procurement. However, in an effort to streamline its predecessor (S.2302), several crucial priorities are no longer included in the bill. Amendments have been filed to reinstate several of these elements into S.2545.

The Senate is moving to take up S.2545, An Act to Promote a Clean Energy Future (also referred to as the Omnibus Energy Bill), with a vote on the bill expected Thursday June 14th.
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URGENT PHONE CALL ACTION ALERT this morning (Wed - vote in MA senate is tomorrow)!  & please share
 
Please call:  Senate Ways and Means Chairwoman, Karen Spilka, Karen.Spilka@masenate.gov, 617-722-1640   ASAP  and urge her to SUPPORT THE Clean Energy Future Act WITH AMENDMENTS                                                                                            
 1) combat climate change with a strong plan for meeting emissions reductions; 
2) promote solar access for all, and; 
3) push back on pipeline expansion.
4) divest from coal.
Basically: Support the bill, with Amendments 44,42,22,6,60 and 25.

SCRIPT:
Thank you for your dedication to clean energy and our environment.  I understand the Senate will be voting this week on S.2545, An Act to Promote a Clean Energy Future.  While I support what is in this bill, it is missing crucial provisions included in its previous version that would make it a much stronger and more effective bill.

* First, please support Amendment 44, submitted by Senator Pacheco.

(This amendment will ensure that the bill achieves the goals of the Clean Energy Roadmap language in the previous version of this bill, including appropriate emission reduction goals for 2030 and 2040, in the most cost-effective, timely and technologically feasible manner. )

* Second, please support Amendments 43, submitted by Senator Chang-Diaz, and Amendment 22, submitted by Senator Cyr.

(These amendments will expand solar access to renters and low-income communities and empower communities with new tools to promote renewable energy.)

* Third, please support Amendments 6, submitted by Senator Jehlen, and 60, submitted by Senator Hinds.

(These amendments will push back on unnecessary pipeline expansion that will only prolong our fossil-fuel dependency and delay the much-needed transition to a clean, renewable energy future and a sustainable and stronger economy.)

* Finally, please support Amendment 25 submitted by Senator Feeny which divests the MA Pension Fund from coal investments.

I urge you to support these amendments to S.2545.
=========================================
S.2545 has strong provisions to support a market-based mechanism for pricing carbon, a 3% increase in the Renewable Portfolio Standard and increased offshore wind procurement. However, in an effort to streamline its predecessor (S.2302), several crucial priorities are no longer included in the bill. Amendments have been filed to reinstate several of these elements into S.2545.

The Senate is moving to take up S.2545, An Act to Promote a Clean Energy Future (also referred to as the Omnibus Energy Bill), with a vote on the bill expected Thursday June 14th.
Clean energy and environmental justice are on the move! Please email and call the legislature now and during the week of June 11 as requested by the Mass Power Forward Coalition:

Dear Friends,

Here it comes!

Days after US Mayors gathered in Boston to discuss climate action, the state legislature is preparing to act on environmental legislation! We are close to winning much-needed advances to combat climate change and promote equity––but we must press forward!

Specifically, legislators are debating whether to include two major issues in bills that are moving in the next two weeks!

1. Environmental and energy justice – We need to ensure all communities are protected from pollution and included in our clean energy programs.

2. Pushing back on pipeline expansion – We need to fix broken state regulatory agencies that too often give the gas industry whatever it asks for, and ensure we shift our Commonwealth away from fossil fuels.

We can win these reforms.

Click here to demand climate action and environmental justice. Write and call your state legislators. We can press forward.

Best,

Joel, Claire, Alan and Vick (and the CAN legislative team)
http://climateactionnowma.org/take-action/
The session is ending soon.  Any bills that dont make it through will have to start from scratch next year.
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Look at this great tour happening tomorrow in Amherst! See whats possible right now. Drop in/drop out as you wish.  Free and open to all!
THE BUN 2.0!
(Button Up Northampton 2.0) - Coverage in The Gazette

www.gazettenet.com/Button-up-Northampton-2-0-looking-to-save-money-and-the-environment-17984015.aspx

Picture of Marty Nathan, BUN Organizer
>>>>>>> Monday June 4 Action Alert.
Action alert! 
The next Candidate Forum on Climate and Energy takes place Tuesday, June 5 in Florence for the late Rep. Peter Kocots seat. 

Come to show interest in the issue of restoring a stable climate & transforming our energy system. You dont have to live in this district to show up!
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Please join us for a Poor People’s Campaign rally and action on Monday, June 4, at 1 PM
to demand Climate Justice and Healthcare as a Human Right!
Court Square, Springfield, MA
Info about the campaign: https://www.poorpeoplescampaign.org/
Action alert. All out! 
 Nationwide actions mostly in state capitols, but MONDAY, June 4, IS IN SPRINGFIELD.  Western MA, we need to show up for this.

Poor Peoples Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival 

The Poor People’s Campaign (PPC) has launched a 40-day, 41-state effort to unite the poor and disenfranchised and to challenge the interconnected evils of systemic racism, poverty, the war economy and ecological devastation. We believe a moral revival is necessary to save the heart and soul of our democracy.   

 www.poorpeoplescampaign.org        
Statewide information:
 Massachusetts@poorpeoplescampaign.org
Details coming soon.
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