Week 15: Senator Markey, Hold their Feet to the Fire

Thank you to everyone doing these “3 minute or less” Monday Actions! We’re in week 15 of our 40-week campaign along the Road to Paris, where the UN Climate Summit will take place in December.

Our chorus grows louder every week thanks to YOU (and your friends – ask a few today to join you!)

This Week’s Monday Action:

Tell Senator Markey to hold the fossil fuel barons feet to the fire:

Call his office:  617-565-8519
Email his office: Contact

Are you writing from another state other than Massachusetts? Look up your senator’s contact here

Here’s a sample email or phone script:

Dear Senator Markey,

I am deeply concerned about climate disruption. Every day we read more news about planetary instability. This is the defining issue on which future generations will judge us. Therefore I urge you to be bold in fighting to end fossil fuel subsidies.

In a recent email from your office you noted the $7 BILLION annual subsidies to the fossil fuel profiteers. What are you doing about ending these?

At a recent climate conference, a director of shareholder advocacy specializing in engaging fossil fuel companies reported a few beliefs common to all gas and oil barons:

  • “yes IEA says we can’t burn even 1/3 of the 2800 GT of fossil fuels we have on reserve, but no matter what happens, we’ll be okay”,
  • “demand for our product won’t peak for several decades”,
  • “government’s job is to put a fair price on carbon and since they haven’t done this, we have carte blanch permission to continue”,

As the Chairman of the Senate Climate Change Clearinghouse, I would like you to report on progress being made in this effort. What are you doing to end fossil fuel subsidies?

As a mother and concerned voter, I want assurance that my legislators are being bold leaders on behalf of future generations.

~ Your Name
With Mothers Out Front- Mobilizing for a Livable Climate

Thank you! See you next week.

Please share this with friends in other states. They can look up their senators’ contact here.

You can comment about your experience with these Actions on the Pioneer Valley Mothers Out Front BLOG, where you can review all the actions to date.

Still here and looking for more spice?

You might also consider this:

  • The Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs is hosting Environmental Justice Policy Listening Sessions! 
    • The Springfield Listening Session will be held:
    • Wednesday August 19 from 3:30-5:30 at the Community Music School of Springfield. This is sponsored by Partners for a Healthier Community and ARISE for Social Justice
  • Senator Markey has yet to take a position on the Iran nuclear deal that took 2 1/2 years to negotiate and would avert another war in the Middle East. American Friends Service Committee will be planning an action in Senator Markey’s Springfield office on August 26th. Stay tuned for details here.


Thank you for all you do!

Sincerely yours,
The Pioneer Valley Community Organizing Team



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