Governor: Block New Fossil Fuel Infrastructure

MOF lined up at Gov office

We write our elected officials every week, so they know what we need them to do:

Monday Action Motto: The best thing to do when you feel hopeless is one simple thing. Then make it a habit and do it with friends. It is fun and effective. And there has never been a better time for your involvement.

  Email us your thoughts on why you fight climate change.


YOUR MONDAY ACTION

Contact Governor Baker
Call: (617) 725-4005 or 888.870.7770 in state)
Email

or use this online petition to Tell Governor Baker to sign an executive order to block new fossil fuel projects.

Letter:
 Massachusetts State House, Office of the Governor, Room 280, Boston, MA 02133

Dear Governor Baker,
I am urgently concerned about climate change. it is already severely affecting us and is about to decimate the hopes of future generations. Your words say you care about climate change. What about your actions?

We need you to lead and make Massachusetts a fossil fuel-free model for the country. Please sign an executive order blocking all new fossil fuel projects. Thank you. Your own children will thank you too. What better legacy is there?
Sincerely,

(Your name and address with zip code)


That was you Monday Action, good job!
Thanks for checking in each week and doing what you can to heal the climate for future generations.

Potent extra:
Organizations across the state — including Mass Audubon, CLF, and many others — have joined in an urgent call for a legislative hearing on extremely troubling new proposed state regs on biomass.  Please call today! All the details you need – to act as an organization or individual – are provided here.


 In Person Events:

  • Monday, 11/6, from  12:15 to 12:45 PM we will stand out in front of Charlie Baker’s Office at Dwight Street in Springfield. We will demand that he Stand Up to Reclaim Our Future. We will deliver a list of demands to make Massachusetts a fossil fuel-free model for the country.
  • Wednesday 11/8, 7:00-10:00pmAmherst Town Meeting. Middle School Auditorium. Both the Zero Energy and 100% Renewable proposals will be decided. Be in touch if you want to know what time they’re likely to be discussed. info.ma.pioneervalley@mothersoutfront.org.
  • Monday 11/13, 6:00pm-9:00pm Pioneer Valley 100% Renewable Energy, CAN Legislative Committee Meeting. Amherst Unitarian Society.
  • Thursday, 11/16, from  12:15 to 12:45 PM go back to Charlie Baker’s office on Dwight Street, demand a response if we haven’t got one regarding signing an executive order to block new fossil fuel infrastructure.
  • Sunday 11/19, 4:30-6:00pmNorthampton Mothers Out Front Meeting. Smith College Campus Center. Contact info.ma.pioneervalley@mothersoutfront.org
  • Monday 11/20, 6:00-8:00pm, Amherst MOF Monthly Community Meeting. Setting goals for 2018. Light dinner, children welcome. Eat, learn and take action. Same place as usual. Contact:info.ma.pioneervalley@mothersoutfront.org.

You asked, “How can I get involved?” Here’s how, in 5 minute increments…

To join any of the Pioneer Valley MOF working groups on Zero Energy buildings, Community Choice Electricity, or home energy efficiency, contact us at info.ma.pioneervalley@mothersoutfront.org.

Keep up with other actions for resisting and protecting our communities and climate by following 413 Staying Connected for Action.


See and follow all actions to date on the Monday Action BLOG

Onward!
Your Pioneer Valley Monday Action Team

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Monday Action: No Pipeline Tax

Feeling hopeless? Here’s the antidote:
Just do one simple thing. Then make it a habit and do it with friends. It’s fun and effective.

Why do you fight climate change? Here’s Natania’s answer:
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Share with us why you fight climate change.
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YOUR MONDAY ACTION:
Contact your state senator. Find your own state senator here. 

Stan Rosenberg serves this district –see this map.
Senate President Stan Rosenberg
Call:
 (617) 722-1500
Email: Stan.Rosenberg@masenate.gov
Letter: State House Office, 24 Beacon Street,Room 332, Boston, MA 02133

Dear Senator,
I am urgently concerned about climate change and therefore oppose a pipeline tax.

We do not need new gas infrastructure and ratepayers should not foot this bill. Please sign, or let me know if you have already signed the letter against the pipeline tax that Senators Eldridge and Jehlen are circulating in support of S.1847 and S.1855.

Thank you for your consideration of this matter. Future generations very urgently depend on you to lead on climate issues.
Sincerely,
YOUR NAME, YOUR ADDRESS


You did your Monday Action, well done!

Thanks for checking in each week and doing what you can to leave a healthy climate for the coming generations.
You are our inspiration.



 In Person Events:

  • Thursday, 11/2 at 4pm: Learn firsthand at UMASS: Carbon Pricing 101: Setting the Price and Allocating the Revenue. UMASS Design Building Room 162
  • Sunday 11/5, 4:30-6:00pm, Northampton Mothers Out Front Meeting. Smith College Campus Center. Contact info.ma.pioneervalley@mothersoutfront.org
  • Sunday, 11/5, at 5:30pm. March and Rally as COP23 begins. March with candles and banners from Northampton High School on Elm Street to City Hall.
  • Monday, 11/6, from 12:15 to 12:45pm Stand Up Charlie! Rally at Baker’s Office at Dwight Street in Springfield. Demand that he Stand Up to Reclaim Our Future.
  • Wednesday 11/8, 7:00pm, Amherst Town Meeting. Middle School Auditorium. Both the Zero Energy and 100% Renewable proposals will be decided. Be in touch if you want to know what time they’re likely to be discussed. info.ma.pioneervalley@mothersoutfront.org.
  • Monday 11/13, 6:00pm-9:00pm Pioneer Valley 100% Renewable Energy, CAN Legislative Committee Meeting. Amherst Unitarian Society.
  • Thursday, 11/16, from  12:15 to 12:45pm. Stand Up Charlie! Rally at Baker’s office on Dwight Street, Springfield.
  • Monday 11/20, 6:00-8:00pm, Amherst Mothers Out Front Monthly Community Meeting. Light dinner, children welcome. Eat, learn and take action. Same place as usual. Contact: info.ma.pioneervalley@mothersoutfront.org.

To join any of the Pioneer Valley MOF working groups on Zero Energy buildings, Community Choice Electricity, or home energy efficiency, contact us at info.ma.pioneervalley@mothersoutfront.org.

Keep up with other actions for resisting and protecting our communities and climate by following 413 Staying Connected for Action.


See and follow all actions to date on the Monday Action BLOG

Onward!
Your Pioneer Valley Monday Action Team

Dear AG: Investigate Eversource

This is your Monday Action for the week of 10/23/17:
We write our elected officials every week, because they work for us.

Dear Actionist,
Your own story can inspire others to act. Email back if you’d like to get involved or send us a short video about why you fight climate change.

Here’s a VIDEO from Eli’s Mom, Madeleine Charney:

Eli

MONDAY ACTION:
Contact 
Attorney General, Maura Healey
Call: (617) 727-2200 or TTY: (617) 727-4765
Email: AGO@state.ma.us
Write: One Ashburton Place; Boston, MA 02108-1518

Dear Maura Healey,
Thank you for beginning to investigate allegations that Eversource and Avangrid artificially constrained gas pipeline capacity.

These are extremely troubling allegations, and it’s clear that there are many questions still to be answered.

Please use the full authority of your office including your subpoena power, if necessary, to get to the bottom of this matter, and work with your counterparts throughout New England to develop better rules to protect us from the utilities’ practices. I appreciate that your office had already solicited an independent study that found MA does not need more gas infrastructure to power our grid. (AG Study: Increased Gas Capacity Not Needed to Meet State’s Electric Reliability Needs.)

It’s time to fully investigate whether the findings on the electric power side regarding the benefits of energy efficiency, demand response and renewables also apply on the heating side, to show that we don’t need new pipelines for gas utilities either.

As you know, methane is 86 times worse than CO2 as a global warming gas and we must not saddle today’s children with a melting planet. Yet for-profit utilities including Eversource are still pushing for pipeline expansion. We know that pollution is the largest environmental cause of disease and premature death in the world today (the Lancet, October 19, 2017) and clean energy has never been more urgent.

I furthermore also applaud you for suing the Trump administration to uphold the Clean Power Plan. Please keep up the good work.

Sincerely,(Your name and address with zip code)

 


Hey, you did it! Thanks for checking in each week and doing what you can to leave a healthy climate for the coming generations.
You are our inspiration. Tell your friends.


 In Person Events:

To join any of the Pioneer Valley MOF working groups on Zero Energy buildings, Community Choice Electricity, or home energy efficiency, contact us at info.ma.pioneervalley@mothersoutfront.org.

  • Monday 10/30, 6:30pm, Amherst Select Board hears our energy town warrant articles, come support with MOF t-shirts or buttons! Town Room, Town Hall.

Keep up with other actions for resisting and protecting our communities and climate by following 413 Staying Connected for Action.


Thank you for doing Monday Actions. 

See and follow all actions to date on the Monday Action BLOG

Onward!
Your Pioneer Valley Monday Action Team

Mr. President, We Need a Home

PIONEER VALLEY

Here is your Monday Action for the week of 10/9/17: We write our elected officials every week, because they work for us.

Maybe you noticed that your Monday Action looks different?

This is because your group of volunteers is training new voices to bring these updates. Would you like to try your hand? Let us know. No experience necessary. Email back and we’ll talk.

Here just a list of elected officials we contact. Print this ‘Lecteds List out and hang it on your fridge

In MA we all share these first five:

1. President Trump
To call: (202) 456-1111

2. U.S. Senator Markey:
To call: (413) 785-4610

3. U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren
To call: (202) 224-4543

4. Governor Charlie Baker
To call: (617) 725-4005 or 888.870.7770 in state)

5. Attorney General Maura Healey
To call: (617) 727-2200 or TTY: (617) 727-4765

——starting here, it differs according to your district. For 01002 you can use:
6. Congressman Jim McGovern
To call: (413) 341-8700

7. State Senator Stan Rosenberg, Senate President (!)
To call: (617) 722-1500

8. State Representative Solomon Goldstein-Rose
To call: (617)-722-2425


Take a deep breath, here’s the first on the list:

MONDAY ACTION: Contact President Trump
Call: 202-456-1111 or Switchboard: 202-456-1414
Email Link
Letter: The White House; 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW; Washington, DC 20500

Mr. President,

I am urgently concerned about climate change. We must fight this grave danger to all our children’s futures.

You could change everything if you wanted to. You could halt climate change and keep us safe.

We need you to step up, starting today.

Sincerely,

(Your name and address with zip code)

With Mothers Out Front


You did it! Thanks for checking in each week and doing what you can to leave a healthy climate for the coming generations. You are our inspiration.


 In Person Events:

  • Monday 10/16, 6:00-8:00pm, Amherst Mothers Out Front Monthly Community Meeting. Light dinner, children welcome, eat, learn and take action. Same place as usual. Contact: info.ma.pioneervalley@mothersoutfront.org.
  • Sunday 10/22, 4:30-6:30pm, Northampton MOF House Party. Meet concerned mothers and others, get the scoop on Mothers Out Front locally, in MA, and nationally. For info and childcare needs: info.ma.pioneervalley@mothersoutfront.org.

To join any of the Pioneer Valley MOF working groups on Zero Energy buildings, Community Choice Electricity, switching to renewable electricity, or home energy efficiency, contact us at info.ma.pioneervalley@mothersoutfront.org.

Keep up with other actions for resisting and protecting our communities and climate by following 413 Staying Connected for Action.


Thank you for doing Monday Actions.

Follow us on Twitter and see all actions to date on the Monday Action BLOG

Onward!
Your Pioneer Valley Monday Action Team

Monday Action: Gas to Mass = Coal to Newcastle

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Here is your Monday Action for the week of 9/25/17: Tell your State Senator that bringing more natural gas to Mass is like bringing more coal to Newcastle.

There’s a quasi-independent entity that operates the electric grid in the region called ISO New England or ISO-NE. They keep up-to-the-minute data online if you want to see exactly when the peak electric use was today, how much wholesale electricity costs right now and lots of other cool, nerdy stuff if you’re into that. If you’re not, you just need to know that ISO-NE is responsible for keeping the lights on and they’re serious about reliability as well as cost.

A team of Mothers Out Front spoke up at an ISO-NE meeting recently to question why they assumed more “natural” gas will be used to generate electricity, when they also predicted that solar and energy efficiency will cover any increase in electricity use for the next 10 years. It seems like they want to use more gas, and to justify building more pipelines, even though they know it’s not necessary.

We need our legislators to ask hard questions of ISO-NE too. Look up your State Senator here and call with questions of your own. Here’s some talking points:

  • New England already relies on natural gas to generate over 50% of our electricity, why would we want to add more?
  • With 50% of households also heating with gas, we need to diversify our energy sources
  • We want ISO-NE to help lead the transition to a clean grid — renewables backed by storage (check out this video of Sterling MA leading the way) — as quickly as possible.
  • We see California and New York embracing distributed energy, and want ISO-NE to do the same.

That’s it for this week! Thank you for doing your part in moving us toward a clean energy future.


 In Person Events:

  • TONIGHT! Monday 9/25, 6:00pm-7:00pm, Pioneer Valley 100% Renewable Energy. 7:00-9:00pm CAN Monthly Meeting. Amherst Unitarian Society.
  • Wednesday 9/27, 4:00-6:00pm, Community Choice Energy (CCE plus) Meeting. In Hadley. For location and info, contact info.ma.pioneervalley@mothersoutfront.org.
  • Sunday 10/8, 4:30pm-6:00pm, Northampton Mothers Out Front Meeting. We’re back to meeting at the Smith College Campus Center. Contact info.ma.pioneervalley@mothersoutfront.org.
  • Monday 10/16, 6:00-8:00pm, Amherst Mothers Out Front Monthly Community Meeting. Light dinner, children welcome, eat, learn and take action. Same place as usual. Contact: info.ma.pioneervalley@mothersoutfront.org.

To join any of the Pioneer Valley MOF working groups on Zero Energy buildings, Community Choice Electricity, or home energy efficiency, contact us at info.ma.pioneervalley@mothersoutfront.org.

Keep up with other actions for resisting and protecting our communities and climate by following 413 Staying Connected for Action.


Thank you for doing Monday Actions.

See and follow all actions to date on the Monday Action BLOG

Onward!
Your Pioneer Valley Monday Action Team

Guest Action: 100% Renewable in Mass

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Here is your Monday Action for the week of 9/11/17: Tell your State Representative that we need 100% renewable electricity by 2035 

[Editor’s Note: Thank you to our guest bloggers from Climate Action Now Western Mass (CAN) for writing about the 100% Renewable Energy bill. As we watch Irma pounding the Carribean, Cuba and Florida this weekend, we rededicate ourselves to minimizing the worst effects of climate change through our actions in Massachusetts.]

This is a CRUCIAL time for Massachusetts legislation. 

An Act transitioning Massachusetts to 100 percent renewable energy H.3395/S.1849, will accelerate the growth of clean energy, promote interagency collaboration to achieve 100 percent renewable energy economy-wide, by 2050 (including electricity, heating, transportation, and other sectors), and 100 percent renewable electricity by 2035. It also sets out clear, enforceable goals and requirements to ensure we achieve that objective.

Please take these three important steps:

1. FIND OUT WHO YOUR LEGISLATORS ARE AND THEIR CONTACT INFORMATION HERE. Simply enter your address and zip code.

2. TO SUBMIT TESTIMONY in support of H.3395/S.1849, the 100% Renewable MA Bill, click here. Copy, paste and customize the letter and send it to the emails or addresses listed on the letter. Send a copy to your legislators and to info@climateactionnowma.org.

3. MAKE A PHONE CALL TO FOLLOW UP ON YOUR LETTERS OR EMAILS.

Join us on Beacon Hill for a unity rally for clean energy at noon. Then come to the public hearing from 1pm to 5pm before the Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy (TUE) Committee.

WHEN 

September 19, 2017
RALLY at 12pm
Hearing 1pm – 5pm

WHERE

Massachusetts State House
24 Beacon St
Boston

BONUS: Amplify! Personally ask a friend in another part of the state to do this. Forward this Monday Action to them. State action on climate is all-important now.

For more information. Click here for list of 2017-2018 Bills Endorsed by Climate Action Now, Western MA.  Find the text of bills at https://malegislature.gov/Bills.

We need to call our representatives early and often starting NOW, to let them know that climate must be a top priority.



In Person Events:

  • Sunday 9/17, 10:30am-12:45pm, Amherst MOF House Party. All welcome. Learn more about Mothers Out Front, meet other concerned people, connect with our work at this discussion and presentation. Please let us know if you need childcare. For info contact: ellentmiddleton at gmail dot com.
  • Monday 9/18, 6:00-8:00pm, Amherst Mothers Out Front Monthly Community Meeting. Light dinner, children welcome, eat, learn and take action. Same place as usual. Contact: info.ma.pioneervalley@mothersoutfront.org.
  • Tuesday 9/19, 12:00pm RALLY, 1:00pm-5:00pm, Legislative Hearing. State House, Boston. Come show your support by helping us pack the room. Interested in testifying? Contact info.ma.pioneervalley@mothersoutfront.org
  • Saturday and Sunday 9/23-24, 10:00am – 5:00pm, North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival. Join MOF in the Climate Tent with CAN and Leaf Boat Puppets for a parade and performance both days at 3pm. Can you help out before, during or after the Festival? Contact Felicia.Mednick at verizon dot net.
  • Sunday 9/24, 4:30pm-6:00pm, Northampton Mothers Out Front Meeting. We’re back to meeting at the Smith College Campus Center. Contact info.ma.pioneervalley@mothersoutfront.org.
  • Monday 9/25, 6:00pm-9:00pm CAN Monthly Meeting and Pioneer Valley 100% Renewable Energy. Amherst Unitarian Society.

To join any of the Pioneer Valley MOF working groups on Zero Energy buildings, Community Choice Electricity, or home energy efficiency, contact us at info.ma.pioneervalley@mothersoutfront.org.

Keep up with other actions for resisting and protecting our communities and climate by following 413 Staying Connected for Action.


Thank you for doing Monday Actions.

See and follow all actions to date on the Monday Action BLOG

Onward!
Your Pioneer Valley Monday Action Team

Senators, Don’t Fast-Track Fracked Gas

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This Monday Action, for the week of 7/31/17, is brought to you by our friends at Pipeline Awareness Network for the Northeast. Contact Senators Markey and Warren and ask them to oppose the energy bill that would make exporting fracked gas easy. For the sake of the generations to come we have to stop building any new fossil fuel infrastructure.

Congress is trying to rush through a pipeline fast-track bill that expedites Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) terminal approvals (creating “need” for more pipelines), requires increased deference to FERC from state, local and tribal governments, and much more. The House version – H.R. 2910 – just passed last week. The word is that the Senate bill could be voted on early this week, and that Bernie Sanders is so far the only Senator to have spoken out againstit!

Please make a quick call:

Capital switchboard: (202) 224-3121 – they will connect you to your Senators.

Basic message:  Please oppose S.1460 – it would fast-track LNG export and pipeline reviews, instead of giving them the additional scrutiny they need!  This energy bill moves us in the wrong direction in many ways.  The fossil fuel industry doesn’t need more handouts and FERC needs major reform, not more power to do the fossil fuel companies’ bidding.

Here is a fact sheet with more information about the bill; here is the full text.

While phone calls are best, here’s a quick link from Food & Water Watch with an editable form email that has the basics.


You are making the changes we need! Thank you for your effort. Please share this Monday Action with friends and family across the country.

See you next Monday.


In Person Events:

  • Thursday 8/3, 5:00pm-7:00pm, Amherst Board of Health Meeting. We’ve asked the Board to sign a letter to the Governor to study the health effects of methane from pipelines. Please come and show that mothers and others care about the health of children and planet. Bangs Center, Room 101. Contact info.ma.pioneervalley@mothersoutfront.org.
  • Friday 8/4, 4:00-5:30pm, Community Choice Electricity, also known as CCAplus, Meeting and Potluck Dinner, Amherst location. Bring food if you like. After dinner we’ll walk up the hill to Amherst Cinema. Contact Andra amherstamr at gmail dot com.
  • Friday 8/4, 7:00pm, An Inconvenient Sequel, Al Gore’s new film, followed by discussion with Ben Hellerstein of Environment Mass. Amherst Cinema.
  • Sunday 8/6, 4:30pm-6:00pm, Northampton Mothers Out Front Meeting. At Cultivate & Bloom behind Sylvester’s on Pleasant Street at 20 Hampton Ave, suite 160. Contact info.ma.pioneervalley@mothersoutfront.org.
  • Monday 8/14, 600pm-7:00pm, Pioneer Valley 100% Renewable Energy Meeting. 7:00pm CAN Legislative Committee. Amherst UU, 121 N. Pleasant St, Amherst. Enter at the side on Kellogg St.
  • Monday 8/21, 5:00-7:00, Amherst Mothers Out Front Family PICNIC at Groff Park! Bring the whole family for a potluck picnic and participatory entertainment. RSVP info.ma.pioneervalley@mothersoutfront.org. In September we’ll resume our 3rd Monday meetings as usual.
  • Monday 8/28 7:00-9:00pm, Climate Action Now meeting. Northampton Unitarian Meeting House, Main St., Northampton.

To join any of the Pioneer Valley MOF working groups on Zero Energy buildings, Community Choice Electricity, or home energy efficiency, contact us at info.ma.pioneervalley@mothersoutfront.org.

Keep up with other actions for resisting and protecting our communities and climate by following 413 Staying Connected for Action.


Thank you for doing Monday Actions.

See and follow all actions to date on the Monday Action BLOG

Onward!
Your Pioneer Valley Monday Action Team