Week 20: Congressman, We’re Half-Way There

It’s week 20 of our 40-week count down on the Road to the UN Climate Summit in Paris.

Take 5-minutes to tell your U.S. representative that Climate Change is the burning issue of our time:
Your optional copy-and-paste text:
Dear Congressman McGovern,

I am urgently concerned about climate change. This is the defining issue on which future generations will judge us. We urge you to be bold in fighting climate change.

I want to thank you for your ongoing support of USDA’s Rural Development program, Rural Energy for America Program (REAP). It was heartening to learn of the recent grants awarded to support renewable energy and energy efficiency projects on several farms right in the Pioneer Valley.

Sadly, at least one of these farms would be drastically affected by the proposed Kinder Morgan pipeline (e.g. Clarkdale Fruit Farms, Inc. in Deerfield). We cannot allow that to happen. I urge you to continue taking bold measures to stop the pipeline and facilitating real solutions (like these renewable energy farm projects) that stop climate change.


With Mothers Out Front- Mobilizing for a Livable Climate
Contact YOUR elected Official:
If you live in Hampshire, Franklin or Worcester county
call Jim McGovern‘s Northampton office 413-341-8700
or his Washington DC office: (202) 225-6101
and/or Email his office: Contact

Here is a map of Congressman McGovern’s districts

To personalize for a different MA congressperson or a different state, explore votesmart.org Enter your zip code and search for your representatives’ contact information under the  “BIO” folder.

Thank you for all you do!
–Your Pioneer Valley Community Organizing Team
Visit our Mothers Out Front webpage for details about ways to join us in person and online.

Add spice to your message:
• Ask McGovern: “What are your official positions on 1) the solar net-metering cap and 2) a Fair Price On Carbon? Also, how can you effect Congress on these issues?”

“Under state law, utilities can only hook up so many solar energy projects to their systems under the so-called “net metering” cap [set at just 2% of each municipality’s total energy consumption!] which limits the amount of excess power utilities have to buy back from solar installations. In the part of the state served by National Grid, that limit may be hit today or tomorrow, which would force companies in the solar industry to rapidly readjust.”

A Fair Price on Carbon Details:
At its most basic, carbon pricing addresses the climate crisis by penalizing polluters for the carbon dioxide emissions that they pour into the atmosphere. Better Future Project, 350 MA, Climate XChange, Clean Water Action, the Environmental League of Massachusetts, and more are working to pass a carbon pricing bill in Massachusetts.

Wait, you want to do even more?!

If you haven’t done so already, would you consider switching to clean energy in your own home through Mass Energy? We support Mass Energy because they are local, offer MA-based renewable infrastructure (and fund it), and they are a non-profit (so the added differential is tax deductible). Details here.

Consider doing this “switch” even if you rent, or are one of the people on the vanguard who have put solar on your roof, geothermal heat and other new technologies in your home, and call MassSave every chance you get to take advantage of their conservation subsidies available to all utility customers to the tune of $2000 per cycle.

Every customer who chooses renewable energy sources is helping to protect the next generation. Those are the people probably looking up at you from about waist-height these days. Thank you for taking matters into your own hands! Your help makes all the difference. Amplify your power:

Forward this email to a friend today (and share how good it felt to switch!)
Mothers Out Front – Pioneer Valley



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