1/2/17: In honor of the children of the world and YOUR work for a clean energy future, the Pioneer Valley team of Mothers Out Front presents this first Monday Action of the New Year:
I’m calling, Governor Baker, to ask you to strengthen our environmental agencies and protect the Commonwealth and future generations from unneeded and damaging gas pipelines.
You often state that pipelines are a “federal matter,” as if Massachusetts can do nothing. There’s many ways you could direct state agencies to take a stand. Yet you recently issued $98 million in budget cuts that “disproportionately devastate agencies protecting our environment and public health” (as noted by the Environmental League of Massachusetts).
I’m alarmed to learn that the Commonwealth of Massachusetts would sacrifice public conservation land in Otis State Forest for a gas pipeline. Your Department of Conservation & Recreation (DCR) has entered into a settlement with Kinder Morgan, rather than stand up for our constitution which safeguards our conservation land in Article 97. Your agencies did not even follow their own no-net-loss Article 97 land disposition policy. Now Upton State Forest is threatened by Spectra’s planned pipeline in the same way. Please change course!
You could have directed your Department of Environmental Protection, or DEP, to more rigorously apply the state’s water quality standards and deny the 401 for the Kinder Morgan project. And, regarding the Spectra’s compressor station slated for Weymouth, your DEP issued a superseding order, seeking to undermine local control by overriding the local conservation commission’s wetlands permitting decision. We need better.
As a father, as a fervent public servant who has dedicated his life to service, we need you to stand up to the pipeline companies, and help move us towards a sustainable energy future.
Governor, I thank you in advance for your actions to protect, defend and uphold our State constitution.
New fossil fuel infrastructure is not for the Common Good: We all must be urgently concerned about climate change, as future children are depending on us to leave them a livable world. We have a narrow window, but it can still be done if we can move to 100% renewables by 2030. Thank you for doing your part.
With Mothers Out Front
Thank you for starting off this year with your Monday Action!
Get a friend from another zip code to do this one, it’ll help a lot.
Thank Senator Markey for just introducing a resolution calling for the United States to reach 100% clean energy generation by 2050! Way to go, Ed!
Senator Ed Markey
In Person Events/Meetings:
Wednesday, 1/4, 6:30-8:00pm – MOF Amherst Volunteer work group meeting RSVP EllentMiddleton at gmail dot com
Sunday 1/8, 1:00-3:00pm, Going 100% Renewable in Amherst and Statewide. Green buildings in Amherst, Financing energy efficiency and renewables; other topics welcome. Jewish Community of Amherst, 742 Main St. Contact Andra amherstamr at gmail dot com
Sunday 1/8, 2:00-4:30pm – House Party in Amherst. An introductory presentation and discussion about MOF, including state, local, and individual climate solutions, and the company of other motivated mothers and others. RSVP EllentMiddleton at gmail dot com
Monday 1/16 6:00-8:00pm – MOF-PV Monthly Meeting in Amherst. Light dinner served. All welcome, including children. RSVP Madeleine greenzinnia at hotmail dot com. We meet every 3rd Monday, same time/same place.
Thank you for all you do.
Pioneer Valley Mothers Out Front