This is your Monday Action for the week of 10/23/17:
We write our elected officials every week, because they work for us.
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:
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 email@example.com.
- 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.
- Sunday 11/4, 4:30pm-6:00pm, Northampton Mothers Out Front Meeting. Smith College Campus Center. Contact firstname.lastname@example.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.
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Your Pioneer Valley Monday Action Team