To Our Legislators, With Thanks

2016-02-15-greenfield-berkshire-gas-march-bridge-to-nowhereTwo weeks ago you called your legislators in Boston about the Berkshire Gas moratorium. This past week, Senator Rosenberg and our Western Mass State Representatives submitted a Legislators Initial Brief referencing demand response and alternatives to the oversized build out of infrastructure Berkshire Gas has proposed.

It’s just as important to thank our legislators for their actions as it is to ask them to act. So that’s your Monday Action this week – to give our state legislators some love.

You can use the text below for talking points when you call or copy-and-paste if you choose to email. Personalizing your message makes it count a lot more.


Dear Senator Rosenberg and Representatives,

I am urgently concerned about climate change. This is the gravest threat facing us all and future generations depend on us to halt it. We need to get 100% of our energy from clean sources like solar and wind. We need to keep fossil fuels in the ground – including natural gas.

Thank you for your efforts with respect to the Berkshire Gas moratorium.  I appreciate your statement to MassLive that, “The Hampshire and Franklin County delegation has always supported a pathway to a clean, green energy future for Massachusetts.”  I am glad that you, as a delegation, have made clear to Berkshire Gas that it is simply unacceptable to hold the Valley hostage with their contrived moratorium so that the company can garner support for a massive overbuild of fossil fuel infrastructure.

Please stand firm in pushing for a targeted resolution of the moratorium that incorporates aggressive demand management strategies.  Our children need your bold leadership to achieve that green energy future as soon as possible.

Thank you for serving our community and especially for your work on behalf of all our children and grandchildren whose future will depend on taking immediate action now to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels.

Sincerely,
YOUR NAME
YOUR ADDRESS
With Mothers Out Front


Contact:
Senator Stan Rosenberg
Call: (617) 722-1500
Email: Stan.Rosenberg@masenate.gov

Representative Solomon Goldstein-Rose
To call: 617-722-2425
Email: Solomon.Goldstein-Rose@mahouse.gov

Look up contact info for your State Representative here.

You did it, thank you! See you next Monday.


In Person Events:

  • Friday 5/5 4:30-6pm Community Choice Aggregation 2.0 in Amherst. Contact amherstamr at gmail dot com.
  • Sunday 5/7 4:30-6pm Northampton MOF weekly meeting. Smith College Student Center. Contact info.ma.pioneervalley@mothersoutfront.org
  • Monday 5/8 4:30-6pm 100% Renewable Amherst. Contact amherstamr at gmail dot com.
  • Tuesday 5/9 6:15 MOF House Party in Leverett. RSVP and questions to info.ma.pioneervalley@mothersoutfront.org.
  • Monday 5/15, 6:00-8:00, Amherst Mothers Out Front monthly meeting. Light dinner served. All welcome, including children. RSVP Madeleine greenzinnia at hotmail dot com. We meet every 3rd Monday, same time/same place.
  • Sun. 5/21 1:30 MOF House Party in Amherst. RSVP and questions to ellentmiddleton at gmail dot com.
  • Monday 5/22, 7:00pm-9:00pm, Climate Action Now meeting. 6pm 100% Renewable Communities Pre-Meeting at the Unitarian Society of Amherst, 121 N. Pleasant St.

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 Monday Action Team

Berkshire Gas, We Want Less Gas!

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Monday Action for the week of 4/17/17.

Last week FERC granted Kinder Morgan permission to start tree felling in Otis State Forest. They may not start today, but they will try to start soon. There are still ways to stop them, so we haven’t lost heart. [Speaking of heart, please join us in giving a hearty Stop the Pipeline welcome to the MA Secretary of Energy and Environment, in Shelburne Falls on Wednesday morning. See our special plan below or click here.]

So Climate Heroes, we may not have stopped the interstate pipeline from going through Otis yet, but there’s one very close to many of us that Western Mass reps can help with. If you don’t live in the Berkshire Gas service region, please forward this to a friend who does and help them make the call.

If you live in a community affected by the Berkshire Gas moratorium (towns from Amherst to Greenfield, and Whately) please call Senator Rosenberg and your State Representative urging that they support Montague and Deerfield’s action plan to end the moratorium without big new infrastructure!

You can use the text below as talking points when you call or copy-and-paste if you choose to email. Personalizing your message makes it count a lot more.


Dear [Senator Rosenberg or Representative NAME],

I am urgently concerned about climate change. This is the gravest threat facing us all and future generations depend on us to halt it. We need to get 100% of our energy from clean sources like solar and wind. We need to keep fossil fuels in the ground – including natural gas.

Berkshire Gas has proposed a solution to the moratorium on new hookups which they imposed on our town. Their solution would flood the valley with double the amount of gas currently used, building new, expensive infrastructure.

I hope you have seen the Action Plan to end the Berkshire Gas moratorium that Montague and Deerfield sent you last week. I urge you to fully support their recommendations which come from two expert witnesses. They show that a combination of system adjustments, demand management, more energy efficiency, and modest improvements to Berkshire’s infrastructure could end the moratorium quickly.

I urge you NOT to compromise with any Berkshire Gas proposal that would send more gas into our town than we need for local economic development as we transition to an economy powered by conservation and 100% renewable energy.

Thank you for serving our community and especially for your work on behalf of all our children and grandchildren whose future will depend on taking immediate action to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels.

Sincerely,
YOUR NAME
YOUR TOWN AND STATE
With Mothers Out Front


Contact:
Senator Stan Rosenberg
Call: (617) 722-1500
Email: Stan.Rosenberg@masenate.gov

Representative Solomon Goldstein-Rose
To call: 617-722-2425
Email: Solomon.Goldstein-Rose@mahouse.gov

Look up contact info for your State Representative here.

You did it, thank you! See you next Monday.


In Person Events:

  • TONIGHT! Monday 4/17, 6:00-8:00, Amherst Mothers Out Front monthly meeting. Light dinner served. All welcome, including children. RSVP Madeleine greenzinnia at hotmail dot com. We meet every 3rd Monday, same time/same place.
  • Monday 4/17 and Tuesday 4/18, 3-5pm, ART BUILD to paint signs and prepare Lorax books for 4/19 action in Shelburne Falls. RSVP timholcomb55 at gmail dot com.
  • Wednesday 4/19, 9:30-11am, Stop the Pipeline: Secretary Beaton Welcome Party. Join with MOF at the Bridge of Flowers in a silent (children’s noise welcome) protest of Baker’s policies on “natural” gas. The Secretary will speak for the Administration. The Lorax and we will speak for the trees. Info in link above or Felicia.Mednick at verizon dot net.
  • Saturday 4/22, 10-4, Amherst Sustainability Fair. Come see us at our booth, make a Super Climate Hero sheild for the Climate March, send a postcard to the Governor, introduce a friend to MOF. To help table and run children’s craft activities, contact Felicia at Felicia.Mednick at verizon dot net.
  • Sunday 4/22-23, 10-4, EcoLiving Workshops and The Franklin County Better Greener Living Show. At the Franklin County Fairgrounds in Greenfield. http://fcbetterlivingshow.org/workshops
  • Monday 4/24, 7:00pm-9:00pm, Climate Action Now meeting with breakout reporting on 100% Renewable Campaigns, planning for Climate Marches, and more at the Unitarian Society of Northampton, 220 Main St.
  • Saturday 4/29, Climate Marches in DC or Boston or Springfield.
  • Tuesday 5/9 6:15 MOF House Party in Leverett; Sun. 5/21 1:30 MOF House Party in Amherst. RSVP and questions to ellentmiddleton at gmail dot com.

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 Monday Action Team

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

Not your Rep? Look up yours here


* 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

Smart Power in MA

Monday Action 8/29/16: Help our State to Ask Smart Energy Questions To Prevent Wrong Infrastructure Build-Up.

Use the information in the sample letter below for calling your State Senator or Representative or to copy and paste the text of the letter into your own email or letter to your Senator or Rep. See the contact info below.


Dear Senator Rosenberg and Representative Story,

I am urgently concerned about climate change. This is the gravest threat facing us all and future generations depend on us to halt it. Therefore I oppose all new fossil fuel infrastructure and need a fair price on carbon.

Thank you for filing together with your colleagues as intervenors in Berkshire Gas’ proceeding at the DPU.

I am very concerned that energy companies including Berkshire Gas are still trying to create market conditions that they can use to justify new interstate pipeline projects.  I therefore urge you to engage an expert in this proceeding to present a plan to meet the region’s energy needs through energy efficiency, demand management, and fixing the leaks. An expert can offer solutions that the gas company will not put forward on its own.

Please take this opportunity to show that there is a better way forward for our communities and our children, than perpetually expanding fossil fuel infrastructure, locking us into fossil fuels for the foreseeable future.
Sincerely,

YOUR NAME

YOUR TOWN

With Mothers Out Front

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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

It’s key to also send this message to your Representative, Ellen Story:

Ellen.Story@mahouse.gov
State House
Room 277
Boston, MA 02133

Phone: 617-722-2012

Not your Rep or Senator? Look up yours here


* Curious about the Berkshire Gas 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:
8/30 The DPU Hearing is 7:00pm Tuesday, 8/30 at the Greenfield Middle School – we hope that everyone available will show up and if you wish, comment!

8/29 TODAY: Community Forum on Climate with the candidates for State Rep for Amherst, Pelham and Granby District 1.
Monday August 29 7-9pm at the UU in Amherst, 121 N. Pleasant St.
If you haven’t heard all the candidates speak in person, this is the last chance before theSeptember 8th (that’s a Thursday!) election.
Sponsored by the green committees of local churches and Climate Action Now.

9/11 Mothers Out Front House Party: Sunday, September 11, 4-6:15 pm in South Amherst, MA
Please join us for an empowering and engaging presentation and discussion party with Mothers Out Front. We have a short but real window of opportunity to protect all of our children and the children of future generations. There is urgency, but there is also hope. For directions and if you need childcare RSVP to alisapearson at hotmail dot com

YOU WILL LEARN TO:
—Support and inspire one another.
—Find a role, if you wish, in our Gas Leaks campaign.
—Act on our inspirations and strengthen our “civic muscles” as we find ways to help our planet.

Feel free to bring an interested friend or neighbor. Child care is available (please let us know by 9/6 if you need care).

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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.

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

http://www.mothersoutfront.org/amherst_community_team

Intervene to Prevent Another NED

Today’s Monday Action: Ask your State Senator and Representative to hold Berkshire Gas accountable, as this Spanish gas company uses the moratorium in a new attempt to resurrect the “NED” pipeline.Use the information in the sample letter below for contacting your State Senator and Representative.
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Dear Senator 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. Therefore I oppose all new fossil fuel infrastructure and want a fair price on carbon.

I deeply appreciate the role that our local legislators have taken in working towards a clean energy future, and also working to resolve the Berkshire Gas moratorium. I understand that Berkshire Gas recently filed its latest forecast and supply plan with the Department of Public Utilities. I am concerned that Berkshire Gas does not want to resolve its moratorium, but is instead looking to Kinder Morgan for a new massive pipeline project for our region that would undo all of our progress in addressing climate change. 

I urge you to intervene directly in this proceeding on behalf of your constituents, to push for real solutions that are better for our climate: creative expansion to energy efficiency programs, fixing the leaks, very rapid replacement of all fossil fuel with solar, wind and hydrogen made with renewable energy for our new cars, as well as targeted changes to Berkshire Gas’ own system, rather than waiting for another disastrous proposal from Kinder Morgan. We can do so much better! We must lead on climate– it’s on us.

Right now, Berkshire Gas is holding all of the cards — the company has the experts, and the statistics, and a sympathetic DPU. Please engage in this proceeding and bring in experts who can advocate on behalf of the communities in the Valley and hold Berkshire Gas accountable in this proceeding.

Thank you so much for all you do. We are counting on you to push for the strongest possible climate solutions –the “leap” that you spoke about recently– and prevent expansion of new fossil fuel infrastructure such as pipelines, new and old.

Sincerely,
YOUR NAME

YOUR TOWN

With Mothers Out Front

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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

It’s key to also send this message to your Representative, Ellen Story:
Ellen.Story@mahouse.gov

Not your State Senator or Representative? Look up yours here


Well done! See you next week.

And remember, friends don’t let friends ignore climate change. Forward Monday Actions today-find the youngest voter you know and get them “civically fit” with Monday Actions: five minutes a week for a stronger electorate!

* Curious about the Moratorium? Check out MassLive:
http://www.masslive.com/politics/index.ssf/2016/07/rosenberg_kulik_and_mark_push.html


Thanks for all you do. Onward!

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

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

 

You can also keep up with Mothers Out Front – Pioneer Valley on Twitter.

Berkshire Gas’s Bridge to Nowhere

Today’s Action: Ask MA Senate President Stan Rosenberg: Can Berkshire Gas prove the need for their moratorium?

Dear Senator Rosenberg,
I am urgently concerned about climate change. This is the gravest threat facing us all and future generations will judge us on how aggressively we worked to halt it. I oppose all new fossil fuel infrastructure and want a fair price on carbon. Natural Gas infrastructure is unhealthy and dangerous for all living things and especially for the children whose homes and schools are in the pathway of a pipeline.

Last August, you challenged the legitimacy of the moratorium Berkshire Gas imposed on new and expanded gas service. You asked them, and they agreed, to hire independent consultants to study alternatives to the moratorium. Did they? Have they provided new evidence to back up their claim that there isn’t enough supply unless the NED pipeline is built? Have they ever explained why they aren’t pursuing back up plans like finally building the 3 additional Liquid Natural Gas storage tanks they planned years ago to meet demand during the coldest days of the year? If they fixed the gas leaks in the existing pipelines, combined with demand management and conservation, wouldn’t the current supply of gas be adequate?

You have been a strong advocate for us with FERC and the DPU. Please demand alternatives to the NED pipeline which is a bridge to nowhere for the children I love.

Sincerely,

YOUR NAME
YOUR TOWN
With Mothers Out Front

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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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You did it! Thank you for flexing your civic muscle. 
Don’t forget to register to vote – Feb 10 deadline for MA presidential primary on March 1! Register online here.

See you next week,
Pioneer Valley Mothers Out Front
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Want to call Berkshire Gas’s bluff?
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Join Mothers Out Front
for a family friendly action at the Berkshire Gas office at 40 Mill Street in Greenfield on President’s Day 2/15 at 10am.
We’ll be picketing with a coalition of groups opposed to the NED pipeline. You can also join a concurrent walk from GCC that will arrive at the BG office at about 11:30.
You and your kids can help us erect and decorate a Pipeline Bridge to Nowhere, a pop-up art installation on the sidewalk that will show what we know: Natural Gas is Not a Bridge Fuel to the renewable energy future we demand.
At noon, all who wish will then march (or drive) 2 miles through Greenfield to First Congregational Church, 43 Silver Street, where we’ll eat lunch, maybe join a skit and talk about what we can do next. Please RSVP to Hattie Nestel at 978.790.3074 or email hattieshalom@verizon.net. For further information, go to http://www.hattienestel.com.

Want more info on gas pipeline leaks in MA? Click here.