RGGI is Good for Our Children’s Health

rggi-4.pngMonday Action for the week of 3/6/17:

How are nine states in the Northeast fighting climate change while improving health and saving lives? 

The Natural Resources Defense Council calls it one of the most successful climate policies in the country: the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI, pronounced “Reggie”). The participating states are Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

RGGI is a pioneering cap-and-invest program that has cut carbon pollution from power plants by over 37% through mandatory auctions for emissions allowances. The cap for emissions is reduced every 3 years; the annual reduction through 2020 is about 2.5%. The revenues generated by the auctions are used by states to invest in energy efficiency and other clean energy measures. The 9 Governors are discussing how much to limit carbon pollution from power plants after 2020.

Tell your Governor you want  a 5% annual reduction of emissions, double the current rate of reduction, and then tell your friends in the other 8 states to tell their Governors.

You can use the sample talking points or copy-and-paste text below, if you like. Calling shows you really mean it, but if you email, be sure to personalize it. Contact information is below.



Dear Governor Baker,

I am urgently concerned about climate change. This is the defining issue which future generations depend on us to solve. I urge you to be bold in fighting climate change and promoting clean energy for the health and safety of all our children.

RGGI is literally a life saver. You have the power to save even more lives if you will fight for a 5% annual reduction in carbon emissions.
A recent Abt Associates report found that, between 2009 and 2014, RGGI produced $5.7 billion in public health benefits, saved 300 to 830 lives, prevented 8,200 to 9,900 asthma attacks, and avoided 39,000 to 47,000 lost days of work.

RGGI has also generated $2.9 billion in economic gains in the region, saved consumers $618 million on their energy bills, and created 30,000 job-years (job-years = one-year of full-time work).

Be a climate hero for all our children by championing sharp reductions in carbon pollution post-2020.

Sincerely,

YOUR NAME

YOUR ADDRESS

With Mothers Out Front


Contact:
Governor Charlie Baker
To call: Phone: 617.725.4005 or 888.870.7770 (in state)
To email
To write a letter:
Massachusetts State House
Office of the Governor
Room 280
Boston, MA 02133


You did it! Together we can make a difference for all of us.
Thank you! See you next Monday!


If you would like to take a bus from Northampton to DC for the Climate March April 29th, let CAN know ASAP so they can reserve the number of buses needed: gotoclimatemarch.org


In Person Events:

  • Wednesday, 3/8, 6:45-9:00pm, International Women’s Day 2017, COURAGEOUS WOMEN / FEARLESS WOMEN, First Churches of Northampton.
  • Sunday, 3/12, 4:30-6:00pmNorthampton MOF Weekly Meeting, at the Smith College Student Center. Join us every Sunday, same time, same place! Contact Sarah at sarahrpartan@earthlink.net.

  • Saturday, 3/18, 1:00-2:00pm, Tour of Hitchock Center’s Living Building, with the 100% Renewable Amherst team. Contact Andra at amherstamr@gmail.com.
  • SaturdaySunday, 3/18-19, Citizens’ Climate Lobby – Northeast Regional Conference, at UMass. Learn about carbon pricing, how to talk about climate with peers, at hearings, when lobbying. For info: tinyurl.com/CCLNE2017
  • Monday 3/20, 6:00-8:00pm, Amherst MOF Monthly Meeting. Light dinner, children welcome. Join us every 3rd Monday, same time, same place. RSVP to Andra for location atamherstamr@gmail.com.

  • Sunday, 3/26, 2:00-4:15pm, Amherst MOF House Party. Join with other concerned people at this introduction to Mothers Out Front. RSVP ellentmiddleton@gmail.com.

  • Monday, 3/27, 7:00pm-9:00pmClimate Action Now meeting with breakout reporting on 100% Renewable Campaigns, Amherst Unitarian Society, 220 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, Mothers Out Front in the Pioneer Valley

 

6-Call Mandate to Stop the Pipeline!

We are stopping the pipeline: We’ve heard MA State Representative Ellen Story say: “Six Calls from My Constituents is a Mandate.”

Just. Six. Calls.

When a handful of us activate our little networks, that’s a lot of power. Together, we can find people in every town in Massachusetts to say “no” to new pipelines. This weekend’s test-run, called Light Up the Map! showed 15 people knew pipeline opponents in 116 towns: So think about it, when 50 of us activate our personal networks, that is enough for a state-wide mandate to stop the pipelines.
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Today’s email therefore is a kit for you to forward to your friends. Roll up your sleeves for this 7-fer and also share with your friends in other MA towns! Let’s blow the lid off the fiction that natural gas is a “bridge” fuel.
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Today’s Mega Monday Action: Urge all seven of your representatives to:
Block New Pipeline Infrastructure.

SPECIAL HELP TODAY, courtesy of Environment Massachusetts! Thank you Ben! Use this online petition:
It directs to your personal state senators, state representatives and the Governor.

But note this: Calls and letters count more. If you are short on time, certainly use the above petition.
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Dear Governor Baker,

I want to see Massachusetts get 100 percent of its energy from clean, renewable sources like solar and wind. We owe it to our children and future generations to do everything we can to avoid the worst impacts of global warming.

That’s why I oppose building new gas pipelines in Massachusetts. These pipelines will harm local communities and natural landscapes, and keep us hooked on fossil fuels for decades to come.

We don’t need fossil fuels to power our lives. We can meet 100 percent of our needs with our abundant renewable energy resources. Why do we have yet to see a study of the gas companies’ need including all realistic alternatives? Please get us one, as the study the Attorney General, Maura Healy, initiated only covered the utilities’ needs, and concluded definitively that we do not need the pipelines.

Please support efforts to prohibit spending public money on new gas pipelines, and please do everything in your power to prevent the expansion of fossil fuel infrastructure.

Thank you for fighting for us and our environment. The children thank you.

Sincerely,
YOUR NAME
YOUR TOWN AND STATE
With Mothers Out Front
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This list is for zip 01002

Who Needs to Hear from YOU:
1. President Obama
To call: 202-456-1111
To email
To write a letter:
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500

2. Senator Elizabeth Warren
To call: 202-224-4543
To email
To write a letter:
317 Hart Senate Office Building,
Washington, DC 20510

3. Senator Ed Markey
To call: 202-224-2742
To email
To write a letter:
255 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510

4. Governor Charlie Baker
To call: Phone: 617.725.4005 or 888.870.7770 (in state)
To email
To write a letter:
Massachusetts State House
Office of the Governor, Room 280
Boston, MA 02133
————————————check your zip code starting here (see help with this at the bottom you this list)
5. Congressman Jim McGovern
To call: 202-225-6101
To email
To write a letter:
438 Cannon HOB
Washington, DC 20515

6. 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

7. State Representative Ellen Story
To call: 617-722-2012
To email
To write a letter:
State House, Room 277
Boston, MA 02133
——————————–To tailor this to your personal address you’ll need to find three people: Your Congressman/woman, your State Senator and your State Representative. For help finding those three folks use 5., 6., 7. below:

5. Current representatives

6. and 7.
Enter your Town and State to look up your State Senator and State Representative HERE:
http://openstates.org/
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Upcoming In-Person Events:

• Monday, April 18 from 6:00-8:00pm in Amherst, MA: MOF Community Meeting
“Pipe Up About the Pipeline”  Get the facts and practice talking about why we don’t want or need the Kinder Morgan pipeline. We will have time to mix and mingle and snack. RSVP to greenzinnia at hotmail dot com.

• Sat, April 23, 7pm – 10pm: Montague Retreat Center, North Leverett
Dance-dance-dance to the sax-fueled rock-&-roll of Trailer Park, a Valley favorite band. Chow down on pizza, salad, and vegan chili from Hillside Organic Catering.$20 (or more!) Requested donation benefits the Town of Montague’s Intervention at the Mass DPU, challenging a Berkshire Gas contract to buy into the Kinder Morgan NED pipeline. Pipeline Awareness Network of the Northeast (PLAN-NE) for more details.

• Monday, April 25, 7:00pm, Northampton UU: Climate Action Now -CAN- General Meeting

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

Governor Baker: NO Pipline!

Today’s Monday Action: Tell the Governor you oppose natural gas pipelines and want a fair price on carbon.
To learn more and for a phone script to tell Gov. Baker that you support current legislation putting a fair price on carbon, click here.
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Dear Governor,
Every opportunity I have, I vote for the strongest climate advocates. Show me what you can do.

I am urgently concerned about climate change. This is the defining issue on which future generations will judge us. We therefore urgently need you to protect us from new fossil fuel infrastructure including the proposed Kinder Morgan NED (Northeast Energy Direct) “natural” gas pipeline. Gas is not a bridge fuel. It is a bridge to nowhere.

We need you to make fair carbon pricing part of the Commonwealth’s climate strategy. In survey after survey, over 90% of economists say the most efficient and effective way to reduce climate pollution is through market-based policies that put a price on carbon.
Thank you for fighting fiercely for the children’s future.
Sincerely,

YOUR NAME
YOUR TOWN
With Mothers Out Front
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Contact:
Governor Charlie Baker
To call: Phone: 617.725.4005 or 888.870.7770 (in state)
To email
To write a letter:
Massachusetts State House
Office of the Governor
Room 280
Boston, MA 02133
Contact info for zip code 01002. Live somewhere else? Look up your representatives HERE. (State Reps are faster HERE)
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Well done, you did your Monday Action! Bye, see you next Monday.
Ask your friends to join you in action.
Thank you for being the change you want to see.
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PLEASE NOTE: Never hesitate to cut and paste, call, or pour your heart out in email or letters and share your solutions.
Your voice gets counted in each case.
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Looking to join others in community? MOF Pioneer Valley will be at:

Renewables Are Ready – an inspiring presentation about the transition from fossil fuels to renewables, presenters Pat Hynes and Susan Lantz, Traprock Peace Center
Wednesday, March 9th, 7-9 pm at the UMass Library, 26th floor
Women Resisting Pipelines – an International Women’s Day gathering to honor grassroots leaders, plus tabling, drumming, singing, presentations
Tuesday, March 8, 7-9 pm at First Churches, 129 Main Street, Northampton
A few of us from our local chapter of Mothers Out Front will be talking up an exciting idea – and we need your input!
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FYI: Your handy list of the representatives we cycle through to contact weekly.

Write them anytime you like, they need it. Got election fever? You should think about running for local office: read this.

Contact info for zip code 01002. Live somewhere else? Look up your representatives HERE. (State Reps are faster HERE)
1. President Obama

To call: 202-456-1111
To email
To write a letter:
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500

2. Senator Elizabeth Warren

To call: (202) 224-4543
To email
To write a letter:
317 Hart Senate Office Building,
Washington, DC 20510

3. Senator Ed Markey

To call: 202-224-2742
To email
To write a letter:
255 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
4. Congressman Jim McGovern
To call: 202-225-6101
To email
To write a letter:

438 Cannon HOB
Washington, DC 20515
5. Governor Charlie Baker
To call: Phone: 617.725.4005 or 888.870.7770 (in state)
To email
To write a letter:
Massachusetts State House
Office of the Governor
Room 280
Boston, MA 02133
6. 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
7. State Representative Ellen Story
To call: 617-722-2012
To email
To write a letter:
State House,
Room 277
Boston, MA 02133
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Thank you for all you do.
Pioneer Valley Mothers Out Front

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

A Wicked Scary Future Governor Baker

 

Just 5 weeks to go in our countdown on the UN Climate Summit ‘Road to Paris’.

Today’s Action:  The Future is wicked SCARY unless you act NOW.
Suggested message:
“Dear Governor,
This Halloween we are thinking of something really scary, something that’s not going away unless we all take bold steps NOW:

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 — and help Massachusetts put the brakes on Climate Disruption.

Senator Rosenberg traveled to Washington to hand deliver to FERC our testimony about Kinder Morgan’s proposed pipeline. He asked if the Commonwealth could have a seat at the table during the decision making process. No state has made that request before, but FERC could allow us to participate if you ask.

I urge you to request that Massachusetts be given a formal role as a cooperating agency working with FERC as it reviews Kinder Morgan’s application to build the Tennessee Gas Pipeline. FERC needs to know that we want our utility companies to transition ASAP from the fossil fuel past to the renewable energy future. Building a new pipeline will slow down this critical change. Please help find alternatives to the pipeline.

Massachusetts has been a leader in the battle against climate change. As we approach the climate talks in Paris, we can add to the momentum by going beyond the goals required by the Federal government and even by our own state legislation to lower our own carbon emissions.

Thank you.
Sincerely,
YOUR NAME
With Mothers Out Front – Mobilizing for a Livable Climate
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Gov. Baker’s Contact:
Phone
: 617.725.4005
888.870.7770 (in state)
Fax: 617.727.9725
TTY: 617.727.3666

Email form on this Contact Page:
http://www.mass.gov/governor/constituent-services/contact-governor-office/

Letters:
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 state here:
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That’s it, you’re done. See you next week!
THANK YOU so much for reaching out. Together, we can do this.
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Do you have time to do more?

1. Check out this fun reverse trick or treat idea and take this Switch Witch Card with you to hand out this Halloween.

2. Join us tonight at 7pm for a break out session at the Climate Action Now monthly meeting at the Northampton UU. We’re launching the Massachusetts Mothers Out Front new three year strategy, which will focus on speeding up the utility companies’ transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources. Your ideas are welcome!

3. Here is a link to an editorial in the Daily Hampshire Gazette about Senator Rosenberg’s trip to DC. 

Please invite your people to join you in Monday Actions. That’s what makes them powerful.
Onward–
Your Pioneer Valley Community Organizing Team
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Find all Monday Actions (and share your action experiences) HERE on our Blog

Mothers Out Front – Pioneer Valley
http://www.mothersoutfront.org/

Governor Baker, We Are Against the Proposed Pipeline!

March 9th Monday Action – week 38 of our countdown to Paris — we contact Governor Baker to strengthen a petition against the proposed MA pipeline

Click the above link and Contact your Governor’s office:
http://www.mass.gov/governor/constituent-services/contact-governor-office/

Here’s a sample text, if you find it useful:

“Dear Governor Baker,

I am urgently concerned about climate change. We need you to issue an executive order banning all new fossil fuel infrastructure, including the proposed Kinder-Morgan pipeline across the Commonwealth.

The goal of 20% solar electricity generation by 2025 is not bold enough, it’s a minimum placeholder. You must push for many more green energy projects, including the completion of Cape Wind.

We look to you to lead. Thank you for doing everything in your power to stop climate change.”

Onward!
Your Pioneer Valley Community Organizing Team

P.S. Governor Baker just opened an office in Springfield with an all white male staff.
And if you want more detail on when the Department of Public Utilities will be holding a public hearing on this matter (the last three hearings have been postponed) click here


P.S. Governor Baker just opened an office in Springfield with an all white male staff.
And if you want more detail on when the Department of Public Utilities will be holding a public hearing on this matter (the last three hearings have been postponed) click here

Call Governor Baker

Monday Action:  February 2, 2015

Thank you for your participation in our weekly actions!

This week’s action: Please contact our new Governor Charlie Baker to let him know who you are and what you care about. If you choose you can mention that you are part of Mothers Out Front, a rapidly growing, nonpartisan (or Mom-Partisan!) movement of mothers and others who are expecting bold action against climate change to protect our families.

His toll-free number is: 888-870-7770
or his online contact form is here:
http://www.mass.gov/governor/constituent-services/contact-governor-office/

Thank you for all you do to help protect our families’ futures!

With thanks from the Pioneer Valley Chapter of Mothers Out Front

Call Governor Patrick

Monday Action:  November 17, 2014

Please call Governor Patrick at 617-725-4005 or 888-870-7770 and leave this message on his voice mail:

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I’m calling, Governor Patrick, to thank you for your past climate leadership and to ask you to publicly commit Massachusetts to a renewable energy future with no new fossil fuel infrastructure.

WE ARE ALL AT A CLIMATE CROSSROADS.

As a [mom, grandmother, parent, aunt] I choose the road toward conservation and clean, renewable energies for my home and I want the same for my community.

Mothers Out Front and our allies will be on your front steps at noon each day this week starting today!

Governor, I thank you in advance for your action toward a livable future for all our children.”

 

And we, the Pioneer Valley chapter of Mothers Out Front, thank you!