Elected Officials are listening to you. And they are busy with big things, so we need a strong call to action before summer: Reach out to ONE Massachusetts friend outside your zip code this week and get her/him to join you in action.
That’s why, right after your Monday Action we’re including an additional kit for you to forward to your friends. Roll up your sleeves, we won’t get this chance again very soon to impact our energy future so deeply. Policies now under discussion can change our course, or tie a fossil fuel stone very firmly around our necks with policies that will impact us into 2050 and beyond.
Today’s Monday Action: Urge Senator Markey to:
Block New Pipeline Infrastructure.
Remember, if you have time: Calls and letters count more. But your voices -including emails- are multiplying every week! Well done, you are empowering legislators to do the right thing. Nice lobbying, you.
Dear Senator Markey,
I want to see us get 100% of our energy from clean, renewable sources like solar and wind. Renewables are ready, and so are we. We owe it to our children and future generations to do everything we can to avoid the worst impacts of global warming. That’s why I oppose building new gas pipelines in Massachusetts. These pipelines would harm local communities and natural landscapes, and keep us hooked on fossil fuels for decades to come. In this, I know we have an ally in you.
I am concerned that pipeline companies hold too much power. “Suspending” the NED pipeline is different than withdrawing it. I am also contacting the MA legislature who are now working on the Energy Omnibus Bill due before summer break, to insist that rate payers are not charged for any new pipeline infrastructure: I am concerned that it’s looking like the Omnibus Bill is going to include a pipeline “tax”. That would bring the pipelines roaring back.
We are counting on you as part of the MA Congressional delegation to pressure Kinder Morgan to drop the MA loop from the CT Expansion (which still has CT and NY pieces that don’t go through protected land). Thank you for fighting for us and our environment. The children thank you.
YOUR TOWN AND STATE
With Mothers Out Front
Senator Ed Markey
To call: 202-224-2742
To write a letter:
255 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Share this kit with a friend. You can even do it together.
This Link from the State is a huge help when inviting friends in other zip codes to do Actions:
CONTACT YOUR STATE ELECTED OFFICIALS NOW: Tell them something personal so they know you are real (like you live near a gas leak- look them up here. Or maybe this is your first time writing/calling…) The following 3-point list comes from an impressive coalition that includes: The Conservation Law Foundation, the National Wildlife Federation, Mass Energy Alliance, and Environmental League of Massachusetts.
Call Gov. Baker, your State Representative and State Senator and tell them you want:
• Two thousand megawatts of offshore wind (or NY will grab it from us- it’s federal waters off our shores and NY needs the power)
• Increase Renewable Portfolio Standard to 2% a year. (this means that we’ll get local green jobs twice as fast as now, and it means the industry can count on investing in twice as much infrastructure -because it is currently at 1% growth)
• Need environmental standards for massive transmission project (Gov. Baker is pushing big hydro and that means tearing up our landscape to bring power from Canada)
DEAL BREAKER: You must VETO/VOTE AGAINST the omnibus bill altogether if it includes any kind of pipeline tax.
Well done! Thanks for all you do.
Upcoming In-Person Events:
Mothers Out Front House Party: May 22, 12:45 – 3:00 pm in Florence, MA
Please join us for an empowering and engaging presentation and discussion party with Mothers Out Front on how to protect all of our children and the children of future generations. There is urgency, but there is also hope. RSVP to greenzinnia at hotmail dot com. Feel free to bring an interested friend or neighbor. Child care is available (please let us know asap if you need care).
Climate Action Now Monthly Meeting: May 23, 7-9pm at the UU in Amherst. Join us as we plan new gas leaks actions. Tag every gas leak in Northampton with fliers? Canvas precincts with map of gas leaks there? Get your friends and relatives across MA to adopt a gas leak and hound their utility companies, town/city officials, state reps, to stop building more pipelines and fix the old ones.