ONE OF THE MOST POWERFUL IMAGES from last winter’s 100-year storms was the photograph of General Electric’s future Boston home submerged under water. It served as a strong warning of the consequences if we fail to act boldly in the fight against climate change. In this final month of the state L...
Support Clean Energy & Justice: Call Today!
Make a call to support clean energy and justice today!
Last week, the State House leadership stripped important measures from our clean energy and climate legislation, despite the valiant efforts of more than 50 representatives championing progress. Now the bills are in committee and our representatives need to know that we want them to be as strong as possible.
Please call your House representative and tell them to support clean energy and justice.
If you don’t know who represents you, look up your state elected officials at wheredoivotema.com or malegislature.gov/StateHouse/Contact.
Hello, my name is ____ and I am calling from _______. May I speak with [__your representatives__]’s office about energy legislation?
I am calling in reaction to the energy bills that came out last week. I want to urge [__your representative__] to support the Mass Power Forward 5-point agenda in Conference Committee. The agenda is to meet at least 50% of our energy needs with clean energy by 2030, advance environmental justice, reform the Department of Public Utilities, ensure all communities can access solar energy and fully implement the Global Warming Solutions Act.
You can support these priorities today by writing to House Leadership and the members of Conference Committee. Several pieces of energy legislation have recently moved in the House, but they are NOT STRONG ENOUGH today!
I am going to tell you what I want for each priority.
50% clean energy by 2030. The energy committee has released a bill on the Renewable Portfolio Standard, but the bill does not do enough to combat the climate crisis or support Massachusetts’ clean energy industries. Please contact House Leadership to push for a stronger bill that would reach at least 50% clean energy by 2030 which the Senate did and which Rep. Khan filed an amendment for with 50 of your colleagues.
Solar Access. Massachusetts needs to ensure all people can access clean energy and save money on their energy bills. Unfortunately, the House’s energy bills do not address inequity in our solar policies. Please urge the House Leadership to amend the bill to adopt the changes in the Solar law that were in the Senate bill to ensure low-income residents and renters can benefit from solar energy.That is 2 of our 5 point agenda. Can I tell you the other priorities?
Environmental Justice – Original bill # H2913/S426. The House Ways and Means Committee is currently reviewing a strong environmental justice bill. Please reach out to House Leadership to support this bill and codify something that has been an Executive Order for years.
Binding Global Warming Targets for 2030/40. This is known as the Global Warming Solutions Implementation Act and adds emissions goals for 2030 and 2040. Right now the only goals we have are 2020 and 2050 and we need a pathway for our Massachusetts to meet our ambitious 2050 goal.
DPU Reform. We need to ensure the public’s ability to intervene at the DPU and hold local distribution gas contracts to high standards regarding the gas capacity they are allowed to buy. This legislation is contained within the Senate language and is necessary to not lock Massachusetts ratepayers, including businesses, into 20-50 year long investments in fossil fuel infrastructure.
"From (Thursday's) actions we see that the Mass. House is prepared to offer tepid clean energy legislation," said Emily Norton, Massachusetts director for the Sierra Club. "We will only be ramping up the pressure now."
Please fill out the form below to sign on to the letter. The deadline to sign on is 5:00 PM on Thursday, July 12. Contact Ben Hellerstein, Environment Massachusetts state director, with any questions: email@example.com. Dear President Chandler and Speaker DeLeo, As local officials, ci...
IT's NOW OR NEVER
We can state it strongly enough...this is an Action Alert!
Go to this link, Make these calls. Session ends in 21 days; by then we will either have this good climate bill passed or not.
If not, we'll have to start over and it will take 2 more years.
“We do have a climate emergency and I am proud that our city has been one of the leaders, not only in the state but across the nation, in trying to be out front trying to address it," said Northampton Mayor David Narkewicz.
Last month, the MA State Senate unanimously passed a fantastic bill that would (among other things) price carbon, divest the pension fund from coal, triple the rate of increase of renewable energy generation within Massachusetts, set binding interim caps for our climate pollution, and codify environmental justice into law. This is the exact type of response a state like Massachusetts needs to offer in the face of extreme weather events – like this heatwave – beginning to batter society – and in the face of the total absence of federal leadership.
Yet the MA State House is now considering their own legislation that is shaping up to be less ambitious. With the legislative session ending July 31st, we have a handful of weeks to motivate action, and we need your help to push them to do what the times demand.
Specifically, we are calling for:
Tripling the Renewable Portfolio Standard
Opening up solar to low-income residents
Banning the Pipeline Tax
Codifying Environmental Justice into law
Setting binding emissions caps for 2030 and 2040.
We really need your help on this. If you’ve ever wanted to make a difference on climate change with a relatively low-investment of your time, this is a great opportunity to step up and act!
Here’s our game plan: (If your
Get our reps to pledge their support. Call your representative and ask them to take the Mass Power Forward policy pledge. (Don’t know who your Rep is? – click here). Please call now or mark in your calendar when you will call in the next 24 hours. Once you do call, log it here. (From our area, Reps. Gonzalez, Scibak, Tosado, Kulik, and Goldstein-Rose have already signed. If you live in the late Peter Kocot’s district or the Rep. Velis’ district (currently out of the country), please contact Rep. Sanchez, Chair of House Ways and Means Committee at 617 722 2990 and ask him to support the five priorities listed above.)
Flood the State House with phone calls. We are going to generate multiple call storms over the course of the next month. We need you to contribute to those call waves, so sign up here. We will provide everything you need in the exact moment. (Again, if you live in the late Peter Kocot’s district or the Rep. Velis’ district (currently out of the country), please stand by for further directions.)
Canvass in Leadership Districts to help generate more engagement in key communities like Winthrop and Lowell (home of the Speaker of the House and the House Energy Committee Chair, respectively). Sign up here!
I know there’s a lot going on right now, and many things are competing for your attention. But this is probably the most important email we are sending this year, so please please do what you can to act on it. This one’s for the future.
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On September 8th, the weekend before San Francisco's Global Climate Summit and two months before the midterm elections, cities across the country are stepping up to "Rise for Climate, Jobs, and Justice." These coordinated actions will send a message to governments across the country that the people want real action on climate that promotes justice in their communities.
There will be an action in the Boston area! Stay updated about actions here: https://peoplesclimate.org/actions/sept-8/
Get more information about the day of action here:
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