Go to Gov Baker’s email form page, scroll to the bottom, and fill in your name. Cut and paste the following letter into the form. Change it as you see fit.
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Print this out and mail it. Here is a DOC file you can download: http://climateactionnowma.org/?attachment_id=4655
Massachusetts State House
Office of the Governor
Boston, MA 02133
Dear Governor Baker,
We were extremely pleased that you recognized in your recent Executive Order the emergent threat to the Commonwealth posed by climate change, and made a strong call for fulfilling the commitment to cutting emissions outlined in the Global Warming Solutions Act.
We fully support this effort as necessary to prevent the terrible consequences of looming climate chaos. You are demonstrating your commitment to continuing to lead the nation in the fight against climate change and the promotion of renewable energy.
However, those tasks cannot be fulfilled without specific and effective legislation and administrative action. The devil is in the details, and there are governmental policies that are known to work in reducing greenhouse gases. We recommend the following as necessary steps for the Commonwealth to take to meet its goals under the GWSA:
- Passing and implementing a market-based Carbon Fee and Rebate plan to impose a tariff on all fossil fuels entering the state. Such a system has been shown to immediately and effectively reduce emissions. Such bills were sponsored in the past by Senators Barrett S1747and Pacheco S1786 and a similar bill will be reintroduced in the upcoming session. Your support would go a long way to fulfilling the goals of the Executive Order.
- Doubling the rate of increase in the Renewable Portfolio Standardsfor utility companies from 1% to 2%.
- Raising the offshore wind investment beyond the present 1600 Megawatts
- Blocking the imposition of tariffs or taxes on Massachusetts residents to pay for the building of pipelines or other fossil fuel infrastructure.The first three measures have been proven to create jobs and boost the economy where adopted.
The Executive Order was a great start. We ask you to fulfill its promise and assume the national leadership on this issue that our country sorely needs.