|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.
YOUR TOWN AND STATE
With Mothers Out Front
Representative Ellen Story can be reached at:
The State House:
Boston, MA 02133
(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.
YOUR TOWN AND STATE
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!
Mothers Out Front
It’s week 19 of our 40-week count down to the UN Climate Summit in Paris
Contact Your State Senator
For Solar and Against New Fossil Fuel Infrastructure
Here’s your proposed message:
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.
[YOUR NAME ]
With Mothers Out Front, Pioneer Valley
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.
Email: Stan.Rosenberg@masenate.govBackground to the DPU hearing:
Stan Rosenberg offers the following regarding solar caps:
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.
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
E-mail your objection to the proposed pipeline to:firstname.lastname@example.org
And cc these folks:
email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org;email@example.com;Stan.Rosenberg@masenate.gov;Ellen.Story@mahouse.gov; firstname.lastname@example.org
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