The Fate of Solar Growth Now Lies in the House

Just 10 more weeks in our 40-week countdown to the UN Climate Summit in Paris. Our 30 actions to date have made a difference!

Today’s Monday Action:
Urge Your Massachusetts House Representative to Be Bold in Keeping the Solar Industry Growing.

Find your personal State Legislators here.  (If your representative is Ellen Story, copy and paste this sample letter; if not see suggestions below)
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Dear Representative Story,
I am urgently concerned about climate change.This is the defining issue on which future generations will judge us. Therefore I urge you to be bold in fighting for real solutions to stop climate change. We look to you for your leadership.

Thanks to Senator Ben Downing, the Senate has adopted an amendment that would raise the cap on net metering in the Commonwealth that aligns with our 1600 MW goal of installed solar capacity.

The amendment also directs the Department of Energy and Resources to create a new solar incentive program post 1600MW. This amendment creates long-term guidelines for increasing solar capacity while also promoting continued development prior to the expiration of the Federal Solar Tax credit on December 31, 2016. As you know, we need the House to pass this legislation now.

While we’re growing our renewable infrastructure, we need to reduce our energy consumption to avoid new fossil fuel infrastructure in Mass. Vermont is employing Demand Management as a strategy to reduce demand; could we do this in MA? There are many ways we could reduce energy consumption, level the peak demand, and change the calculations of how much gas we’ll need in the near future. Many of us would be happy to turn down non-system critical equipment to save money and avoid the proposed dirty, disastrous pipelines threatening our aquifers, protected lands and bringing UN-natural toxic gas from Pennsylvania to be sold at our coast to the highest bidders.

Now we urge you, our esteemed State Representative, to please continue pushing for the net metering legislation and to raise the possibilities of reducing energy demand.

Sincerely,

YOUR NAME
YOUR TOWN AND STATE
With Mothers Out Front
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Representative Ellen Story can be reached at:
The State House:
    Room 277
    Boston, MA 02133
    Phone: 617-722-2012
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(other sample call or cut-and-paste email) 


Dear Representative ___________________:

 
I am urgently concerned about climate change.  [you can “spice up” this message yourself by adding how it touches you personally, or by mentioning specific issues that are important to you.] This is the defining issue on which future generations will judge us. Therefore I urge you to be bold in fighting for real solutions to stop climate change. We look to you for your leadership.

Sincerely,
YOUR NAME
YOUR TOWN AND STATE
With Mothers Out Front
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Well done! See you next week.
And remember, friends don’t let friends ignore climate change. Forward Monday Actions today!
__________________


Still here? Are you looking for an in-person action?
 Here are events happening this week with the arrival of Pope Francis in the U.S.
Mon 9/21 7pm Interfaith Community Forum on the Papal Encyclical at First Churches Meeting House in Northampton.

A panel of religious leaders from the Catholic, Protestant and Jewish faith traditions will share their perspectives on the critical importance of Pope Francis’ recent papal letter and his call for Climate Justice.

Wed 9/23 8:15pm  Candlelight vigil to oppose climate disruption at First Churches Meeting House in Northampton.

Thurs 9/24 7pm Watch the Pope’s Congressional Address at the Unitarian Universalist Society in Amherst, 121 N. Pleasant St. Amherst

Fri 9/25 7pm Watch the Pope’s Congressional Address at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish Hall, Hawley St. in Northampton.

Sun 9/27 5-8pm Jewish Community of Amherst, 742 Main St.  Inviting Hope Into the Harvest Hut

A potluck (vegetarian) dinner, ritual and discussion on our clean energy future in the Sukkah hosted by the Tikkun Olam Committee and Mothers Out Front – Pioneer Valley. 

Visit our Mothers Out Front webpage for details about other ways to join us in person and online!

In collaboration,
Your Community Organizing Team

Mothers Out Front – Pioneer Valley
http://www.mothersoutfront.org/amherst_community_team

 

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