MA House: Make it Law, No Pipeline Tax

The omnibus energy bill is expected out of the House Ways and Means committee TODAY, Monday, and there is a very short window for amendments to be filed before the full bill goes for a vote on Wednesday. 

Today’s Action: Ask your State Representative to support an amendment that clearly prohibits electric ratepayer funding of gas infrastructure (a definitive ban of the “pipeline tax“).

Light Up The Map: If your rep, like Ellen Story, is already committed to forbidding a pipeline tax, tell her instead that you’re enlisting the help of your friends across the state. The omnibus energy bill comes at a critical time for the planet and you are the ones who can bring it by lighting up your networks: Ask at least one person to do today’s Monday Action: For phone numbers for this urgent action use This Link from the State

To help you think of friends in MA towns, see below the Special List of Legislators to target.

Calls are critical today. But if that’s a no go for you, then cut and paste the suggested letter below and email it to your State Representative and to one person in another part of the state.
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Dear State Legislator,

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 want to see Massachusetts get 100% of its energy from clean, renewable sources like solar and wind.

I therefore need the new omnibus energy bill to prohibit public or electric ratepayer financing of new natural gas infrastructure.  

We also need:
At least two thousand megawatts of offshore wind (or NY will grab it from us- it’s federal waters off our shores and NY needs the power. 2K MW is enough for infrastructure to be built in MA. That means jobs!).
Increase Renewable Portfolio Standard to 2% a year.(this means that we’ll get local green jobs twice as fast as now, and it means the industry can count on investing in twice as much infrastructure -because it is currently at 1% growth).
Environmental standards for massive transmission projects (Gov. Baker is pushing big hydro and that means tearing up our landscape to bring power from Canada).

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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Contact:

State Representative Ellen Story
To call: 617-722-2012
To email
To write a letter:
State House, Room 277
Boston, MA 02133

And, if you can:
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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Special List with TOWNS (Know anyone in these towns? Call them today!) of the Legislators to target:

James.Murphy@mahouse.gov – 617-722-2240, Fourth Norfolk, Consisting of Weymouth: Precincts 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 8, 10, 11, 13, 14, 15, 17, 18; Hingham: Precinct 2 (Plymouth Co.)
Robert.Koczera@mahouse.gov617-722-2582 – Eleventh Bristol, Consisting of Acushnet; New Bedford: Ward 1: Precincts A, B, C, Ward 2, Ward 3: Precincts B, C
Paul.Schmid@mahouse.gov617-722-2210 – Eighth Bristol, Consisting of Fall River: Ward 1: Precinct A, Ward 6: Precincts A, B; Freetown: Precincts 2, 3; New Bedford: Ward 1, Precincts D, E, F; Westport

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Remember to contact your elected officials often,
they need to hear from YOU and your mother, father, best friend, colleagues…you get the picture.
(NEED A CLICK: You can also keep sharing this generalonline petition. It auto-directs to your personal state senators, state representatives and the Governor.)

Enter your Town and State to look up your State Senatorand State Representative HERE:
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Upcoming In-Person Events:

  • June 26: MOF House Party at in Shutesbury. 12:45-3pm. RSVP to LightUpTheMap (at) gmail (dot) com. Childcare available if you let us know.
  • Fix the Gas Leaks Campaign: For details including locations RSVP to amherstamr (at) gmail (dot) com

    • June 6 Planning Meeting for marking every gas leak in Northampton 7:30 pm Forbes St. Noho
    • June 18 and 25 Art Work Days: Help Beth Fairservis with puppets and props for street theater action on July 2
    • June 20 Planning meeting Massasoit St. 7 pm.
    • June 27-July 2 Children’s camp to prepare for July 2
    • July 2 “The World We Love” and launch of Gas Leaks Flagging.

Thanks for all you do. Onward!
Visit our Mothers Out Front webpage for details about other ways to join us in person and online.

The New Sexy: Stop Wasting Gas

Today’s Monday Action: The upcoming omnibus energy bill in the MA Legislature is HUGE. We need it to phase out fossil fuels:
Write your state legislators to make gas companies fix all their gas leaks and seriously ramp up energy efficiency measures statewide.
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Dear Senator Rosenberg,

Thank you for your work in opposing the NED project and holding Berkshire Gas’ feet to the fire about its moratorium.

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 need to see us get 100% of energy from clean, renewable sources like solar and wind, and become the energy efficiency model for the world– Good Old Yankee Values and Know-How in action.

I believe that in order to meet our climate goals, we must learn to meet our development needs while using much less fossil fuel such as gas, and fast.  If the state invests in doing more with less gas, gas companies like Berkshire Gas will surely end their moratorium.  Two things I ask today:

Get gas companies to fix all their leaks ASAP. We are wasting our gas supply daily through thousands of leaks statewide. Consumers pay for that. But the worst is the huge amount of methane leaking. New pipelines leak as much as the older ones because the industry is laying pipelines so fast they’re cutting corners that could have disastrous results like the gas explosion in Pennsylvania last week.

Ramp up energy efficiency measures. Energy efficiency remains a tremendous resource, especially on the commercial side, and is the most cost-effective way to meet our energy needs. Demand management and retrofitting are programs that create jobs and bring down costs to the consumer as it saves energy.  Expanding and building on MassSave incentives for energy efficiency can help us end up on the right side of the “bridge” to a clean energy future.

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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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

State Representative Ellen Story
To call: 617-722-2012
To email
To write a letter:
State House, Room 277
Boston, MA 02133

Enter your Town and State to look up your State Senator and State Representative HERE:
http://openstates.org/
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Special List of the Legislators to target if you have time:

House Energy/Utilities Committee members who did not sign Dear Colleague pipeline letter:
Chicopee, Ludlow; Springfield, Belchertown
Thirty-second Middlesex, Consisting of Malden: Ward 5: Precinct 2; Melrose; Wakefield: Precincts 4, 5, 6.
Quincy: Ward 1, Ward 3: Precincts 1, 2, Ward 4: Precincts 2, 4, Ward 5: Precincts 1, 3, 4, 5.
Claire Cronin – Claire.Cronin@mahouse.gov
Eleventh Plymouth, consisting of Brockton: Ward 1, Ward 3: Precinct D, Ward 7: Precincts C, D; Easton: Precincts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 (Bristol Co.)
Randy Hunt – Randy.Hunt@mahouse.gov
Barnstable: Precincts 11, 12; Bourne: Precincts 1, 2, 7; Sandwich; Plymouth: Precinct 9 (Plymouth).
Tom Golden (chair) – Thomas.Golden@mahouse.gov
Sixteenth Middlesex, Consisting of Chelmsford: Precincts 2, 3, 6; Lowell: Wards 5, 6, 9.


Remember to contact your elected officials often, they need to hear from YOU.

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Upcoming In-Person Events:

Tuesday, May 3rd, come to Boston to Celebrate and Rally for a Renewable Future and No More Pipelines. For transportation click: tinyurl.com/May3rd-res–11:30 Rally, Celebration & Pizza
-12:00 Training/Opportunities to Visit Legislative Offices and Push Hard on the Pipeline Tax
-1:00 Senate Committee on Global Warming and Climate Change Hearing: Commonwealth’s Clean Energy Future

Saturday, May 7, 3-7 PM, Cleaner, Greener, More Just Earth Care Fair
At Mt. Toby Friends Meetinghouse, 194 Long Plain Road, Leverett
Food, music, education, kid activities. MOF will be there with the “Plug the leaks” cork toss.
Please share this Monday Action with your friends all across the state. We need to enlist their help. The upcoming omnibus energy bill comes at a critical time for the planet and we need citizen input. You can keep sharing this online petition. It sends an email to your own state senators, state representatives and the Governor.

Onward!

Getting Bolder in the House!

February 8, 2016
Today’s Monday Action:
Call State House Speaker Robert DeLeo and Representative Thomas Golden to tell them supporting solar energy means eliminating the net metering cap, ensuring power sold back to the grid is fairly compensated, and making sure there is no mandatory fee for producing solar energy. Then ask your Massachusetts House Representative to be bolder than ever before.
Speaker of the House
Rep Robert DeLeo
617-722-2500  Robert.DeLeo@mahouse.gov

House Chair of Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy,
Rep Thomas Golden
617-722-2263   Thomas.Golden@mahouse.gov

Also urge Your Massachusetts House Representative to move on solar TODAY. Find your personal State Legislators here.  
(If your representative is Ellen Story, copy and paste this sample letter; if not, adapt the suggested text below)
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Dear Representative Story,
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 on keeping the solar industry growing in the Commonwealth.
The growth of solar electricity in Massachusetts is threatened by H.3854, which would:

  • Slap a new mandatory minimum charge on solar
  • Raise the net metering cap only 2% (reached by summer 2016)
  • Slash net metering reimbursement by 75% for sizeable projects (such as municipal and community shared solar).

A fair price on carbon would make solar and other renewables even more financially viable. It’s time to break free of fossil fuels. Renewables are ready and while we bring them in, we can use other short term solutions like demand management, which the Supreme Court has given the green light to FERC to promote.

Thank you Representative Story for so many excellent years of service. We wish you all the best in your upcoming retirement and hope that your successor will do you proud, especially where climate is concerned.

Sincerely,

YOUR NAME
YOUR TOWN AND STATE
With Mothers Out Front—————————-

Representative Ellen Story can be reached at:

The State House:

Room 277
Boston, MA 02133
Phone: 617-722-2012
Email: Ellen.Story@mahouse.gov

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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?Take your family on an outing to Greenfield andprotest the Berkshire Gas imposed moratoriumMonday, February 15th. We’re joining other groups in a walk and picket.

Picketing and a kid-friendly 3D arts project from 10 – 12 at the Berkshire Gas Regional Office, 40 Mill Street, Greenfield
Preparing and presenting a skit, and enjoying a donated lunch from 12 – 2 at First Congregational Church, 43 Silver Street
You can also join the walk starting at 10 from GCC that will arrive at the BG office at about 11:30.
Please RSVP to Hattie Nestel at 978.790.3074or email hattieshalom@verizon.net. For further information, go to www.hattienestel.com.

Go here to read more background from Climate Action Now on solar legislation in MA.

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

Your State Rep Needs to Hear About Your Climate Concerns

Just 3 more weeks in our 40-week countdown to the UN Climate Summit in Paris. And big things are heating up: the President rejected the Keystone XL pipeline and China is burning 17% more coal than we thought. We have to go for broke: What would it take to wean us from fossil fuels this decade?

Today’s Monday Action:
Urge Your Massachusetts House Representative to be bolder than ever before.
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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Dear Representative Story,

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.

This week the Pacific Ocean was 9 degrees Fahrenheit above normal, what the NYT called a “cauldron”. It’s time to pull the emergency brake: We need very bold action. What are you doing to wean us from fossil fuels this decade? I would like to see that plan.

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

    Email: Ellen.Story@mahouse.gov

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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?

Should Monday Actions continue? And if so, do we need a frame, like “Elect the Greenest Candidates”? What would it take for you to get people to join you in Monday Actions? Let us know this week.

Here are some upcoming local events:
Tues 11/10, 4-8:30pm – Climate panels at Hampshire College
Weekend of 11/28-29:  9-noon – Simple Diaper “Stuff” swap, Holyoke and UN Climate Talk candlelight vigils from 6-7pm at the Amherst Common and the corners of Main & King Streets in Northampton
Thurs 12/3 7:00 – “This Changes Everything”, UMass Library
January house party in Amherst (date TBA)

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

The Fate of Solar Growth Now Lies in the House

Just 10 more weeks in our 40-week countdown to the UN Climate Summit in Paris. Our 30 actions to date have made a difference!

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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Dear Representative Story,
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.

Thanks to Senator Ben Downing, the Senate has adopted an amendment that would raise the cap on net metering in the Commonwealth that aligns with our 1600 MW goal of installed solar capacity.

The amendment also directs the Department of Energy and Resources to create a new solar incentive program post 1600MW. This amendment creates long-term guidelines for increasing solar capacity while also promoting continued development prior to the expiration of the Federal Solar Tax credit on December 31, 2016. As you know, we need the House to pass this legislation now.

While we’re growing our renewable infrastructure, we need to reduce our energy consumption to avoid new fossil fuel infrastructure in Mass. Vermont is employing Demand Management as a strategy to reduce demand; could we do this in MA? There are many ways we could reduce energy consumption, level the peak demand, and change the calculations of how much gas we’ll need in the near future. Many of us would be happy to turn down non-system critical equipment to save money and avoid the proposed dirty, disastrous pipelines threatening our aquifers, protected lands and bringing UN-natural toxic gas from Pennsylvania to be sold at our coast to the highest bidders.

Now we urge you, our esteemed State Representative, to please continue pushing for the net metering legislation and to raise the possibilities of reducing energy demand.

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 events happening this week with the arrival of Pope Francis in the U.S.
Mon 9/21 7pm Interfaith Community Forum on the Papal Encyclical at First Churches Meeting House in Northampton.

A panel of religious leaders from the Catholic, Protestant and Jewish faith traditions will share their perspectives on the critical importance of Pope Francis’ recent papal letter and his call for Climate Justice.

Wed 9/23 8:15pm  Candlelight vigil to oppose climate disruption at First Churches Meeting House in Northampton.

Thurs 9/24 7pm Watch the Pope’s Congressional Address at the Unitarian Universalist Society in Amherst, 121 N. Pleasant St. Amherst

Fri 9/25 7pm Watch the Pope’s Congressional Address at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish Hall, Hawley St. in Northampton.

Sun 9/27 5-8pm Jewish Community of Amherst, 742 Main St.  Inviting Hope Into the Harvest Hut

A potluck (vegetarian) dinner, ritual and discussion on our clean energy future in the Sukkah hosted by the Tikkun Olam Committee and Mothers Out Front – Pioneer Valley. 

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

 

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

 

Action Week 26: Rep. Story Lead Us to a Clean Future

It’s week 26 of our 40-week count down to the UN Climate Summit in Paris.

Today’s Monday Action:
Urge Your State Representative to Be Bold in Combating Climate Change.

Our numbers are growing! – Mothers, fathers, aunts, uncles, grandparents, sisters, sons and daughters are all demanding a safe future NOW. We are pulling the emergency brake on carbon pollution and the tide is turning toward renewable energy.

The Monday Action Recipe:

Monday Actions start out with a general header: “I am urgently concerned about climate change.” This is the core message we want to bring home. It’s straightforward and big-picture, something that all US voters anywhere can vocalize to their elected representatives. You can therefore share Monday Actions broadly! This chorus is growing, and quickly.

In addition to this repeated declaration you’ll see we craft something specific and local for “spice”.

THIS WEEK’S ACTION:

Find your personal State Legislators here.  (If your representative is Ellen Story, check out the letter to her sampled below.)

Tell your State Representative, (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!
(If you wish, check out the additional, in-person actions listed after the sample letter to Ellen Story below.)
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If Ellen Story is your representative, you might like to share the following text, created by a small team of mothers in her Western Massachusetts district.

Subject: Be Bold On Climate! 
Oppose the Pipelines, Raise Solar Caps, Promote Renewable Energy and Storage.

Dear Representative Story,

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.

Thank you for working so boldly to oppose the proposed MA pipeline! I applaud you for doing so by recently joining anti-pipeline groups seeking legal status to intervene in the request by Berkshire Gas Co. to become a customer of the planned Tennessee Gas Pipeline project. Please stay on top of that!

Thank you also for supporting lifting caps on solar electricity. I was shocked but not surprised to learn that our unfortunately for-profit electric utilities (Eversource, NStar, National Grid etc.) want to stall lifting the cap on large solar power incentives. This certainly strangles the vibrant local solar industry and our ability to halt the increased use of “natural” gas.

I also look to you to seize and promote the new development in energy storage announced by Tesla recently: Now that storage has been solved, there should be no impediment to a green energy future. The question is not whether we will switch to clean energy sources, but how quickly.

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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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, June 15, 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!

To see how easy it is to lead a circle, you are cordially invited to an hour-long conference call where Monday Action Circle leaders can share ideas. To join that call, just dial 605-475-3220 from your phone and enter ID 555127# on June 7 at 7pm.

2) Mark your calendar for Thursday June 11, where you can personally tell the Department of Public Utilities to stop the proposed MA pipeline: You are invited to attend the DPU hearing 7-9pm at the Greenfield Middle School (195 Federal St., Greenfield, MA.)

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 – Pioneer Valley
http://www.mothersoutfront.org/amherst_community_team