Here is your Monday Action for the week of 9/18/17: Tell Representative Thomas Golden, who co-chairs the committee that decides on legislation about utilities, that we need a jump in the clean energy required by the Renewable Energy Standard (RPS).
Rallies and hearings aren’t for everyone. Plus a surprising number of people work or take care of children during the day. That’s why we write these Monday Actions – so busy mothers and others can collectively make a difference in 5 or 10 minutes. So grab a cup of tea, snuggle on your couch with your laptop or phone, a calm child or a furry friend, and type away.
The Joint Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy (TUE) Committee holds a hearing on Tuesday this week. Many clean energy bills will be heard. Mothers Out Front is focused on is the RPS bills because we want to speed up the transition to a clean energy future for our kids.
TO SUBMIT TESTIMONY in support of MA bills for raising the RPS at least 3% per year copy, paste and customize the sample letter below and send it to the email or address listed. Send a copy to your legislators as well.
Bonus: MAKE A PHONE CALL TO FOLLOW UP ON YOUR LETTERS OR EMAILS.
To learn more about the RPS, click here.
This action should take 5 minutes if you keep it simple. And it matters that you do it because you’ll help create a deluge of support for the RPS increase that we and our allies are promoting.
Dear Representative Golden,
I am submitting the following as written testimony in support of any of the bills that would increase the Renewable Portfolio Standard, including S.1880; H.2700/S.1876; H.2706/S.1846. We need to reach at least 50% renewable energy by 2050. I also urge you to ensure that municipal light companies be included in the RPS requirement.
The children I love deserve a future that is swiftly moving to climate health. To give them that world, we must act now with the strongest state policy possible. Aggressively raising the RPS would put us on par with or ahead of other leading states.
Such an increase would spur local renewable energy production, benefiting not only local clean energy companies, but also the overall state economy. Massachusetts currently spends approximately $22 billion per year on energy, and $18 billion of it leaves the state. By shifting to home-grown renewable energy, we would keep that money in the state, while reducing our greenhouse gas emissions in accordance with our GWSA mandates.
I am counting on you to take the most aggressive action possible to curb climate change and to position Massachusetts in the forefront of the clean energy economy. All our children and grandchildren need bold legislation.
YOUR STREET ADDRESS and TOWN
With Mothers Out Front
Representative Thomas Golden
House Chair, Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy
State House, 24 Beacon St
Boston, MA 02133
If you are able to, please join us on Tuesday 9/19 for a unity rally for clean energy on the State House steps at noon. Then lobby your representative or come to the public hearing from 1pm to 5pm before the TUE.
RALLY at 12pm, gather at 11:45am
Hearing and Lobbying 1pm – 5pm
In Person Events:
- Tuesday 9/19, 12:00pm RALLY, 1:00pm-5:00pm, Legislative Hearing. State House, Boston. Come show your support at the rally, lobbying representatives, and in the hearing. Contact firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com.
- Monday 9/25, 6:00pm-7:00pm Pioneer Valley 100% Renewable Energy, 7:00pm-9:00pm CAN Monthly Meeting. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Keep up with other actions for resisting and protecting our communities and climate by following 413 Staying Connected for Action.
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