Stan, say it’s not so.

Monday Action for the week of 9/19/16: Yikes. We thought you got it, Stan! Set the MA State Senate President straight and tell him not to believe the glossy brochure.

Use the information in the sample letter below for calling your State Senator or to copy and paste the text of the letter into your own email or letter.
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Dear State Senate President Rosenberg,

I am urgently concerned about climate change. This is the gravest threat facing us all and future generations depend on us to halt it.

I am very concerned that your recent statement in the latest Rosenberg Report about the Berkshire Gas moratorium (“Promoting the use of natural gas as an environmentally attractive fuel is the only viable long-term solution to increase new sources of gas supply to meet the growing needs of our communities.” )

Were you saying that natural gas is environmentally attractive, or that the only way to expand the use of natural gas in our communities is to promote it as if it were environmentally attractive? When full lifecycle impacts are taken into account, natural gas has no greenhouse gas benefit over coal.

Natural gas is mostly methane, a greenhouse gas 86 times more powerful than CO2 over a 20-year timeframe.

Focusing on expanding our natural gas infrastructure and use is a recipe for disaster.Please stand up for the climate and push Berkshire Gas for serious energy efficiency measures, such as fixing the leaks (see the map of gas leaks here) and more broadly, please take further steps to improve energy efficiency incentives and to jumpstart the renewable energy storage industry in Massachusetts. Thank you.

Sincerely,

YOUR NAME

YOUR TOWN AND STATE

With Mothers Out Front

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SOURCES: (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Anthropogenic and Natural Radiative Forcing inClimate Change 2013: The physical science basis, Table 8.7, p. 714 available here).  Recent studies show that,when full lifecycle impacts are taken into account, natural gas has no greenhouse gas benefit over coal. (See e.g., Robert W. Howarth, “Methane emissions and climatic warming risk from hydraulic fracturing and shale gas development: implications for policy,” available here).

Contact: State Senator Stan Rosenberg
To call: (617) 722-1500
To email
To write a letter:
State House Office
24 Beacon Street, Room 332,
Boston, MA 02133

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* Curious about the Moratorium? Masslive has this great article:
http://www.masslive.com/politics/index.ssf/2016/07/rosenberg_kulik_and_mark_push.html

Well done! See you next week.
And remember, friends don’t let friends ignore climate change. Forward Monday Actions today.


In Person:
9/19
You are invited to the Mothers Out Front monthly meeting: Monday, Sept 19th from 6pm to 8pm in North Amherst. We’ll focus on writing about climate change from our hearts plus our community goals for 2017. All are welcome. Please RSVP to get the address and if you’re bringing children.Contact Greenzinnia at hotmail dot com. Light meal provided, bring something if it’s easy.

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Thanks for all you do. Onward!
Visit our Mothers Out Front webpage for details about other ways to join us in person and online. You can get Monday Actions by following our Monday Action blog.

In collaboration,
Your Community Organizing Team
Mothers Out Front – Pioneer Valley

http://www.mothersoutfront.org/amherst_community_team

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