YOUR MONDAY ACTION:
Thank State Senator Stan Rosenberg for speaking out in the Gazette on March 16 about what we can do to fight climate change this legislative session- that is, by this summer.
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State Senator Stan Rosenberg
Call: (617) 722-1500
Letter: State House Office, 24 Beacon Street,Room 332, Boston, MA 02133
Dear Senator Rosenberg,
I am urgently concerned about climate change because I think a lot about those who will come after us. I was therefore very glad to read in your March 16th guest column in the Daily Hampshire Gazette, Building our green, clean energy future, that you feel this urgency too, and that you are ready to move ahead with speed!
You remind us that these March storms are already out of the ordinary, that the 2008 Global Warming Solutions Act requires that we act fast to reduce emissions.
I am glad to hear that the Senate Committee on Global Warming and Climate Change released an omnibus Clean Energy Bill and was glad to read the following highlights in your guest column:
• an increase in the percentage of renewables that energy suppliers must have in their portfolios, or RPS, by 3% this year. Why not 10% a year?
• a state-based, market driven approach to reduce the use of carbon, or a price on carbon pollution. I like the idea that 80% would be returned to the taxpayers, and 20% put into a transportation and clean energy fund for upgrades, such as deep energy retrofits, which my house sure could use…and I could use financial help from the state to do so, the way Vermont residents do already!
• Many more electric vehicles!
• Remove net metering caps, making it easier for homeowners and businesses to switch to renewables and save money.
• And YES, consumers should NOT be made to pay for new fossil fuel infrastructure such as currently proposed large centralized fossil fuel powered plants and pipelines. Natural gas infrastructure is already outdated and much too dangerous. We need less, not more.
Thank you for leveraging your great experience to change the world for the better. Climate change affects us all, rich and poor, and it will hurt the most vulnerable first. We have a duty to act quickly in order to care for one another as best we possibly can.
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With Mothers Out Front, Mobilizing for a Livable Climate –and I VOTE.