Week 18: All State Reps Must Act Right Now

We’re already at week 18 of our 40-week count down to the UN Climate Summit in Paris!

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

Subject: Be Bold On Climate! 
Oppose the Pipelines, Raise Solar Caps, Promote Renewable Energy and Storage.

Dear Representative Story,

Please consider coming to the Greenfield Middle School this Wednesday, July 29th at 5:15 for a community rally and the FERC scoping meeting where many local authorities will give testimony about why the Kinder Morgan pipeline must not be approved!

And timing is critical on raising the net metering cap. With Paris only 18 weeks away, time is running out for MA to lead the nation to a powerful agreement. Unleashing large solar installations right now will show that MA will do its part to meet the U.S. goals for emission reduction. If the House waits until fall to act, we lose a month of the ripple effect of MA leadership on other states.

Given the recent passage of Senate bill S1973 to lift the solar net metering cap to 1600 megawatts of power, commensurate with the current statewide goal for electricity generated by solar, we need you and all your colleagues in the state house to support this bill! 

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.


With Mothers Out Front
Representative Ellen Story can be reached at:
The State House:
    Room 277
    Boston, MA 02133
    Phone: 617-722-2012
(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.

With Mothers Out Front
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 two:

1) Ask 5 people to join you in doing Monday Actions. Get them ready to start on Monday, August 10, when the next 8-week Monday Action cycle begins with another message to President Obama. If they have questions, you may find the FAQ useful. You will have made a Monday Action Circle!

2) Join us on Wednesday July 29  for a family fun rally on the lawn of the Greenfield Middle School (195 Federal St., Greenfield, MA.). Bring your children and a picnic, listen to inspiring planet-friendly live music and a few short passionate presentations, and – if you like – stay for the FERC hearing where we hope to definitively stop the proposed MA pipeline.

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

In collaboration,
The Pioneer Valley Community Organizing Team

Mothers Out Front



Senator: Please Fight for More Renewables

It’s week 19 of our 40-week count down to the UN Climate Summit in Paris
Today’s Action:
Contact Your State Senator
For Solar and Against New Fossil Fuel Infrastructure

Here’s your proposed message:
Dear Senator,
I am urgently concerned about climate change. This is the defining issue on which future generations will judge us. We need you to be bold in fighting for solutions including preventing any new fossil-fuel infrastructure, such as proposed natural gas pipelines.

There is a moral call for a moratorium on all new fossil fuel infrastructure, including NED. Therefore it is imperative that utility companies be incentivized to support energy conservation and renewables instead of new fossil fuel infrastructure. Incentives to utilities to promote savings through conservation lag sadly behind incentives to build new infrastructure. It needs to be the other way around. What are you doing about that? The current system is taking us off the energy cliff just as the solutions are available to us. Please fix this.

I understand you support expanding solar caps to 20% of the electricity mix. Please work harder to remove all capson the integration of renewables such as wind in our grid.There should be no caps. 20% is not enough, 2025 is not fast enough. I will write to Senator Benjamin Downing, the Chair of the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy and tell him the same.

Thank you.

Amherst, MA

With Mothers Out Front, Pioneer Valley
Contact Guide:
Find Your State Senator:
Not in Massachusetts? Look up your legislator here.
Look up MA state senators and representatives here
For finding what parts of what counties are in Stan Rosenberg’s district, use this map.

Call his Northampton office:  413-584-1649 or Boston office: (617) 722-1500

Email: Stan.Rosenberg@masenate.govBackground to the DPU hearing:
Stan Rosenberg offers the following regarding solar caps:

“On April 15, 2015, Senator James Eldridge introduced S.1770 to the Massachusetts Senate, “an act relative to net metering, community shared solar and energy storage”. The bill would implement a step by step program for the Commonwealth to achieve 20% solar powered dependency by 2025 as well as reducing greenhouse emissions and demands for electricity.

Legislation would enact a Solar Program to promote electricity suppliers to assist in developing solar and clean energy in order to achieve solar dependency.  The bill as well implements a maximum of 10 megawatts for net metering, including establishing a “community shared energy storage system,” designed for fusing businesses, families or individuals in investing in solar and energy development.

On April 15, the bill was referred to the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and energy. A public hearing was held on June 2, 2015. I would strongly recommend you reach out to Senator Benjamin Downing, the Chair of the Committee to make your voice heard.”

Senator Downing can be reached here: http://senatordowning.com/index.php?nav_id=39

FERC is coming town to hear from you to hear about whether the proposed pipeline should be built. This is the prefiling process and exactly when you need to be involved. There four hearings coming up that where public input is requested:

Monday, August 3, 2015, 7:00 p.m.
Dracut Senior High School Auditorium
1540 Lakeview Avenue
Dracut, MA 01826

Tuesday, August 4, 2015, 7:00 p.m.
Taconic High School Auditorium
96 Valentine Road
Pittsfield, MA 01201

Wednesday, August 5, 2015, 7:00 p.m.
Greenfield Community College
1 College Drive (Dining Commons)
Greenfield, MA 01301

Thursday, August 6, 2015, 7:00 p.m.
Lunenburg High School Auditorium
1079 Massachusetts Avenue
Lunenburg, MA 01426

Staying ahead of the proposed MA pipeline-get details atMassPLAN
Some background:

  • Berkshire Gas earlier this year imposed a moratoriumon new customers or expanded service in the region, citing a pipeline bottleneck.
  • Filings on the proposed firm transportation contract between Berkshire Gas and the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company may be viewed and downloaded at the DPU website under docket number 15-48.
  • Rosenberg has not taken a firm position on the Kinder Morgan pipeline

E-mail your objection to the proposed pipeline to:dpu.efiling@state.ma.u
And cc these folks:  
laurie.e.weisman@state.ma.us; javery@pierceatwood.com;matthew.saunders@state.ma.us;Stan.Rosenberg@masenate.gov;Ellen.Story@mahouse.gov; keith.barnicle@mail.house.gov

FYI, the above emails point to:
Laurie Ellen Weisman, Hearing Officer, Department of Public Utilities
Matthew Saunders, Assistant Attorney General
Stan Rosenberg, MA Senator
Ellen Story, State Rep for Hampshire
Keith Barnicle who will forward this to Jim McGovern, Congressman
Thank you for all you do!

Your Pioneer Valley Community Organizing Team
Visit our Mothers Out Front webpage for details about ways to join us in person and online!

Mothers Out Front – Pioneer Valley

Week 20: Congressman, We’re Half-Way There

It’s week 20 of our 40-week count down on the Road to the UN Climate Summit in Paris.

Take 5-minutes to tell your U.S. representative that Climate Change is the burning issue of our time:
Your optional copy-and-paste text:
Dear Congressman McGovern,

I am urgently concerned about climate change. This is the defining issue on which future generations will judge us. We urge you to be bold in fighting climate change.

I want to thank you for your ongoing support of USDA’s Rural Development program, Rural Energy for America Program (REAP). It was heartening to learn of the recent grants awarded to support renewable energy and energy efficiency projects on several farms right in the Pioneer Valley.

Sadly, at least one of these farms would be drastically affected by the proposed Kinder Morgan pipeline (e.g. Clarkdale Fruit Farms, Inc. in Deerfield). We cannot allow that to happen. I urge you to continue taking bold measures to stop the pipeline and facilitating real solutions (like these renewable energy farm projects) that stop climate change.


With Mothers Out Front- Mobilizing for a Livable Climate
Contact YOUR elected Official:
If you live in Hampshire, Franklin or Worcester county
call Jim McGovern‘s Northampton office 413-341-8700
or his Washington DC office: (202) 225-6101
and/or Email his office: Contact

Here is a map of Congressman McGovern’s districts

To personalize for a different MA congressperson or a different state, explore votesmart.org Enter your zip code and search for your representatives’ contact information under the  “BIO” folder.

Thank you for all you do!
–Your Pioneer Valley Community Organizing Team
Visit our Mothers Out Front webpage for details about ways to join us in person and online.

Add spice to your message:
• Ask McGovern: “What are your official positions on 1) the solar net-metering cap and 2) a Fair Price On Carbon? Also, how can you effect Congress on these issues?”

“Under state law, utilities can only hook up so many solar energy projects to their systems under the so-called “net metering” cap [set at just 2% of each municipality’s total energy consumption!] which limits the amount of excess power utilities have to buy back from solar installations. In the part of the state served by National Grid, that limit may be hit today or tomorrow, which would force companies in the solar industry to rapidly readjust.”

A Fair Price on Carbon Details:
At its most basic, carbon pricing addresses the climate crisis by penalizing polluters for the carbon dioxide emissions that they pour into the atmosphere. Better Future Project, 350 MA, Climate XChange, Clean Water Action, the Environmental League of Massachusetts, and more are working to pass a carbon pricing bill in Massachusetts.

Wait, you want to do even more?!

If you haven’t done so already, would you consider switching to clean energy in your own home through Mass Energy? We support Mass Energy because they are local, offer MA-based renewable infrastructure (and fund it), and they are a non-profit (so the added differential is tax deductible). Details here.

Consider doing this “switch” even if you rent, or are one of the people on the vanguard who have put solar on your roof, geothermal heat and other new technologies in your home, and call MassSave every chance you get to take advantage of their conservation subsidies available to all utility customers to the tune of $2000 per cycle.

Every customer who chooses renewable energy sources is helping to protect the next generation. Those are the people probably looking up at you from about waist-height these days. Thank you for taking matters into your own hands! Your help makes all the difference. Amplify your power:

Forward this email to a friend today (and share how good it felt to switch!)
Mothers Out Front – Pioneer Valley


Week 21: Governor Baker Wants to Move Massachusetts Backwards

Suggested message:

“Dear Governor,
I am urgently concerned about Climate Change. This is the defining issue on which future generations will judge us. I urge you to be bold in fighting for real solutions to stop Climate Change. Move forward, not back.

I am therefore deeply opposed to your proposed Executive Order 562. It would erode our State’s great strides forward through our powerful Global Warming Solutions Act. Your Executive Order should be No New Fossil Fuel Infrastructure. Move forward, not back.

I switched my home electricity to renewables because I make every effort to reduce my carbon footprint. I look to my state leadership to do the same. This is urgent. You do not list Climate Change as a priority. I need you to change that. Move forward, not back.

Thank you.


With Mothers Out Front- Mobilizing for a Livable Climate
: 617.725.4005
888.870.7770 (in state)
Fax: 617.727.9725
TTY: 617.727.3666

Email form on this Contact Page:

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

Looking to personalize this for a different state?
You can look up your representative here:
Search under zip and them find contact info under the BIO folder
That’s it, you’re done. See you next week!
THANK YOU so much for reaching out! Whether or not you voted for the governor, s/he works for you. Emails, letters, calls- all count equally to elected officials. What counts is your voice: Aides tally up issues and zip codes and report to the governor what voters are saying.
Do you have time to do more?
Right now, gas companies are pushing the MA government to make the public pay to build and live with dangerous unnecessary pipelines cutting across hard-won protected lands and aquifers. These pipelines are not for the public good, but will certainly increase our rates and help gas companies take the gas to the global market from our shores.

People are really pushing back. We saw it in Greenfield last month. It’s working and we need to keep at it:

This terrific grass-roots group MassPLAN has been organizing to stop the pipeline. You can Help Pipe Line Awareness Network for the Northeast, Inc. (PLAN-NE)’s Intervenor Status by becoming a member -it’s free, just add your name to their efforts.

Here is their call to action DEAR GOVERNOR, LET ME TELL YOU…
A physical pile of comments is hard to ignore so: If you like, you might send something each day this month. Print out and clip their list of articles , and send in your own thoughts. Fill Baker’s office with complaints! Do it with your friends and family! This is how to stop the pipeline.
Thank you for doing Monday Actions! You are the change we need to see in the world.

Please invite your people to join you in Monday Actions!

Your Pioneer Valley Community Organizing Team


Week 22 – Senator Markey Petition Fellow Senators

Thank you to everyone doing these “5 minute or less” Monday Actions! We’re in week 22 of our 40-week “labor” along the Road to Paris, where the UN Climate Summit will take place in December.

Our chorus grows louder every week thanks to YOU (and your friends – ask a few today to join you!)

This Week’s Monday Action:

Tell Senator Markey to Petition His Peers On Climate Issues:

Call his office:  617-565-8519
Email his office: Contact

Are you writing from another state other than Massachusetts? Look up your senator’s contact here

Here’s a sample email or phone script:

Dear Senator Markey,

I am deeply 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 thank you for your leadership with your Boston Globe op ed piece about Pope Francis’ encyclical which I have read and your Climate Change petition which I have signed.

But as the Chairman of the Senate Climate Change Clearinghouse, I would like you to report on progress being made in this effort. Where do your fellow Senators stand on Climate Disruption and what are you doing to motivate Decisive Action?

As a mother and concerned voter, I want assurance that my legislators are being bold leaders on behalf of future generations.

~ Your Name
With Mothers Out Front- Mobilizing for a Livable Climate

Thank you! See you next week.

Please share this with friends in other states. They can look up their senators’ contact here.

And comment about your experience with these actions here, where you can also review all Monday Actions to date.

Still reading and looking for more spice to communicate to Senator Markey?

You might also consider this:

  • With the two largest carbon-emitting countries now in agreement on emissions targets (China and the U.S.) — and the European Union having established a target of its own — Markey thinks the stage is set for a significant advance when officials from 196 countries meet in Paris in December for the United Nations Conference on Climate Change.
  • Senator Markey understands the importance of renewing the federal tax credits for wind (which expired in December 2014) and solar (which are set to expire at the end of 2016). Ask him what he thinks the likelihood will be for renewing these tax credits!
  • Mothers Out Front helped fund an alarming HEET squeaky leaks report of “natural” gas leaks in MA. Because taxpayers are paying billions$ for thousands of miles of gas leaks, Markey introduced the Pipeline Modernization and Consumer Protection Act of 2013 and the Pipeline Revolving Fund and Job Creation Act. Ask him how likely these pieces of legislation are to pass!

Thank you for all you do!

Sincerely yours,
The Pioneer Valley Community Organizing Team


Senator Warren, Make Carbon Polluters Pay

Today’s Monday Action: Take 5-minutes now to ask Senator Warren to make carbon polluters pay.

Senator Elizabeth Warren

Your optional copy-and-paste text for email or talking points if you call:

Dear Senator Warren,

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.

Thank you for your support of a carbon fee and dividend. Economists across the political spectrum agree that putting a price on carbon is the fastest and fairest way to reduce carbon emissions at this time.

We look to you for your leadership.


With Mothers Out Front

Contact Info:

Boston Office
2400 JFK Federal Building
15 New Sudbury Street
Boston, MA 02203

Boston Office: (617) 565-3170
Springfield Office: (413) 788-2690

Looking to personalize this for a different state?
You can look up your Senator here:

Thank you! See you next Monday!

P.S. Please consider joining us TONIGHT for a Mothers Out Front breakout session at the Climate Action Now general meeting – 7 pm at the Unitarian Society of Northampton, 220 Main Street.

Please also forward this Monday Action today

Want to learn more about the carbon fee and dividend?

This week’s Monday Action dovetails perfectly with the action of Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL). They are sending 868 citizen volunteers to Washington D.C. (some of our friends from the Pioneer Valley will be there). The CCL has succeeded in scheduling over 400 in-person meetings today with members of the House and Senate! The intention – to advance carbon fee and dividend as a solution acceptable to Democrats and Republicans alike.

Want to learn more about Massachusetts legislation and community efforts for a carbon fee and dividend? Check out Climate XChange.

Thank you for doing Monday Actions. 

Your work is already causing waves.
See and follow all actions to date on the Monday Action BLOGhttps://mothersoutfront.wordpress.com/

Your Pioneer Valley Community Organizing Team


Week 24: President Obama’s Daughter Has Asthma

President Obama recently linked his daughter Malia’s asthma to climate change. He still has a chance to be our climate hero (see Bill McKibben’s 6/11/15 open letter) Let’s thank Obama for connecting climate change to children’s health and tell him this is why we oppose the TPP:

Here’s a sample text for your 5-minute Action to call 202-456-1111, write or email:

MONDAY ACTION: Week 24 in Countdown to UN Climate Talks in Paris
Dear Mr. President,
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. Be our climate hero, there is still time!

Thank you for speaking out in April about the connection between climate change and our children’s health: To stop climate change we have to keep fossil fuels in the ground. I don’t understand how you could support the TPP when this Trans-Pacific Partnership would let fossil fuel companies sue governments to dig them up. I oppose the TPP.

Please direct your Paris delegates to be bold on our behalf this December at the UN Climate Talks. I am part of a growing movement united in our desire to halt climate change. Your boldness is crucial to our collective future.

I exercise my right to vote.

With Mothers Out Front

Contact info:
To call: 202-456-1111
To email
To write a letter:
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500
You did it! Bye. See you next Monday!
Thank you for being the change you want to see!
Wait, you’re still here?
So that took you less than 5 minutes? You want more?

Did you know: Senator Markey’s aide told us that they tally only issues and addresses and pass that spreadsheet on to the Senator once a week. MA State Representative Peter Kocut says “6 calls from my constituents on one issue represents a mandate.”

So please never be afraid to cut and paste, call, or pour your heart out in email or letters and share your solutions. Your voice gets counted the same in each case.