Governor Baker Put the Brakes on Climate Disruption!

Good Monday Morning — 
Just 13 weeks to go in our countdown to the UN Climate Talks!Today’s Action:  Put the Brakes on Climate Disruption.

Suggested message:

“Dear Governor,

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.

We need cars powered by clean electricity, net zero energy and much more energy efficient homes and buildings. We need to use smart technology to reduce our state’s carbon emissions by 80% by 2050 – or sooner – in keeping with the Global Warming Solutions Act!
I am therefore deeply opposed to your proposed Executive Order 562 that would erode our State’s great environmental strides.

What’s more, I am 100% in support of removing the caps on net metering policy which is hurting our state’s solar business!

Thank you.
Sincerely,
YOUR NAME
With Mothers Out Front – Mobilizing for a Livable Climate

P.S. The Cool Solutions report, just released by Environment Massachusetts can point you in the right direction with ten game-changers that will help fight global warming.

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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 representative here

Search under zip and them find contact info under the BIO folder
http://votesmart.org/
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That’s it, you’re done. See you next week!
THANK YOU so much for reaching out! Whether or not you voted for the governor, s/he works for you. Emails, letters, calls- all count equally to elected officials. What counts is your voice: Aides tally up issues and zip codes and report to the governor what voters are saying.

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Do you have time to do more?
Right now, gas companies are pushing the MA government to make the public pay to build and live with dangerous unnecessary pipelines cutting across hard-won protected lands and aquifers. These pipelines are not for the public good, but will certainly increase our rates and help gas companies take the gas to the global market from our shores. 

People are really pushing back. We saw it in Greenfield last month. It’s working and we need to keep at it:

This terrific grass-roots group MassPLAN has been organizing to stop the pipeline. You can Help Pipe Line Awareness Network for the Northeast, Inc. (PLAN-NE)’s Intervenor Status by becoming a member – it’s free, just add your name to their efforts.

Here is their call to action DEAR GOVERNOR, LET ME TELL YOU…
A physical pile of comments is hard to ignore so: If you like, you might send something each day this month. Print out and clip their list of articles , and send in your own thoughts. Fill Baker’s office with complaints! Do it with your friends and family! This is how to stop the pipeline.
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Thank you for doing Monday Actions! You are the change we need to see in the world.
Please invite your people to join you in Monday Actions!

Onward–
Your Pioneer Valley Community Organizing Team

 

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Week 18: All State Reps Must Act Right Now

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
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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.

Sincerely,

YOUR NAME
YOUR TOWN AND STATE
With Mothers Out Front
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Representative Ellen Story can be reached at:
The State House:
    Room 277
    Boston, MA 02133
    Phone: 617-722-2012
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(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.

Sincerely,
YOUR NAME
YOUR TOWN AND STATE
With Mothers Out Front
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Well done! See you next week.
And remember, friends don’t let friends ignore climate change. Forward Monday Actions today!
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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!

In collaboration,
The Pioneer Valley Community Organizing Team

Mothers Out Front
http://www.mothersoutfront.org/amherst_community_team

 

Senator: Please Fight for More Renewables

It’s week 19 of our 40-week count down to the UN Climate Summit in Paris
Today’s Action:
Contact Your State Senator
For Solar and Against New Fossil Fuel Infrastructure

Here’s your proposed message:
Dear Senator,
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.

Thank you.

Sincerely,
[YOUR NAME ]
Amherst, MA

With Mothers Out Front, Pioneer Valley
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Contact Guide:
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.


Call his Northampton office:  413-584-1649 or Boston office: (617) 722-1500
and/or

Email: Stan.Rosenberg@masenate.govBackground to the DPU hearing:
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Stan Rosenberg offers the following regarding solar caps:

“On April 15, 2015, Senator James Eldridge introduced S.1770 to the Massachusetts Senate, “an act relative to net metering, community shared solar and energy storage”. The bill would implement a step by step program for the Commonwealth to achieve 20% solar powered dependency by 2025 as well as reducing greenhouse emissions and demands for electricity.

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.

On April 15, the bill was referred to the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and energy. A public hearing was held on June 2, 2015. I would strongly recommend you reach out to Senator Benjamin Downing, the Chair of the Committee to make your voice heard.”

Senator Downing can be reached here: http://senatordowning.com/index.php?nav_id=39

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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
Some background:

  • Berkshire Gas earlier this year imposed a moratoriumon new customers or expanded service in the region, citing a pipeline bottleneck.
  • Filings on the proposed firm transportation contract between Berkshire Gas and the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company may be viewed and downloaded at the DPU website under docket number 15-48.
  • Rosenberg has not taken a firm position on the Kinder Morgan pipeline

E-mail your objection to the proposed pipeline to:dpu.efiling@state.ma.u
And cc these folks:  
laurie.e.weisman@state.ma.us; javery@pierceatwood.com;matthew.saunders@state.ma.us;Stan.Rosenberg@masenate.gov;Ellen.Story@mahouse.gov; keith.barnicle@mail.house.gov

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
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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
http://www.mothersoutfront.org/

Week 21: Governor Baker Wants to Move Massachusetts Backwards

Suggested message:

“Dear Governor,
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 in fighting for real solutions to stop Climate Change. Move forward, not back.

I am therefore deeply opposed to your proposed Executive Order 562. It would erode our State’s great strides forward through our powerful Global Warming Solutions Act. Your Executive Order should be No New Fossil Fuel Infrastructure. Move forward, not back.

I switched my home electricity to renewables because I make every effort to reduce my carbon footprint. I look to my state leadership to do the same. This is urgent. You do not list Climate Change as a priority. I need you to change that. Move forward, not back.

Thank you.
Sincerely,

YOUR NAME

With Mothers Out Front- Mobilizing for a Livable Climate
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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 representative here:
Search under zip and them find contact info under the BIO folder
http://votesmart.org/
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That’s it, you’re done. See you next week!
THANK YOU so much for reaching out! Whether or not you voted for the governor, s/he works for you. Emails, letters, calls- all count equally to elected officials. What counts is your voice: Aides tally up issues and zip codes and report to the governor what voters are saying.
—————————–
Do you have time to do more?
Right now, gas companies are pushing the MA government to make the public pay to build and live with dangerous unnecessary pipelines cutting across hard-won protected lands and aquifers. These pipelines are not for the public good, but will certainly increase our rates and help gas companies take the gas to the global market from our shores.

People are really pushing back. We saw it in Greenfield last month. It’s working and we need to keep at it:

This terrific grass-roots group MassPLAN has been organizing to stop the pipeline. You can Help Pipe Line Awareness Network for the Northeast, Inc. (PLAN-NE)’s Intervenor Status by becoming a member -it’s free, just add your name to their efforts.

Here is their call to action DEAR GOVERNOR, LET ME TELL YOU…
A physical pile of comments is hard to ignore so: If you like, you might send something each day this month. Print out and clip their list of articles , and send in your own thoughts. Fill Baker’s office with complaints! Do it with your friends and family! This is how to stop the pipeline.
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Thank you for doing Monday Actions! You are the change we need to see in the world.

Please invite your people to join you in Monday Actions!

Onward–
Your Pioneer Valley Community Organizing Team