It's official: President Obama just rejected Keystone XL.
To the countless 350 Mass members who marched, rallied, took long bus trips to DC, and stood vigil in the winter cold: thank you.
This is OUR victory, and it shows the growing strength and power of our movement. When the campaign against Keystone XL started, many people said that the pipeline was a done deal. Now, it's officially dead.
Over the coming months, we will build on this victory as we fight to stop new gas pipelines and other proposed fossil fuel infrastructure projects across New England and beyond. Spectra, Kinder Morgan, and other fossil fuel companies should be getting very nervous right now: Keystone XL is one of the first fossil fuel projects to be stopped by our movement, but it will not be the last.
If you're looking for a chance to get involved in the fight to price carbon, November 4 is the perfect opportunity! The Jamaica Plain forum is working with 350 Mass and our allies in the Coalition for a Clean Energy Future to host a carbon pricing forum. We're going to be talking about how carbon pricing intersects with environmental justice and what it will take to make this policy a reality.
You'll hear from Sen. Sonia Chang Diaz, Cindy Luppi of Clean Water Action, Darlene Lombos from Community Labor United, Peter Shattuck from the Acadia Center, and our own Craig Altemose. Join us!
What: Carbon Pricing Forum in Boston
When: Wed, November 4, 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Where: First Church JP, 6 Eliot St, Jamaica Plain
See you there!
Massachusetts has the chance to make history by becoming the first state in the nation to put a price on carbon. The world's leading economists agree that the single best way to tackle climate change is by adopting a carbon price, which forces big polluters to pay for the carbon emissions that they put into the atmosphere. By adopting this ground-breaking policy, we can blaze a trail forward for other states and countries to follow and show our nation and our world what true climate leadership looks like.
On Tuesday, October 27, the Massachusetts Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy Committee is holding a hearing on a bill that would put a price on carbon. We need to pack the room and show that the people of Massachusetts are eager for visionary leadership on climate!
If you can, please write a few brief paragraphs of testimony about why you support carbon pricing and strong action on climate and send it to Andrew Gordon,firstname.lastname@example.org, before Monday, October 26. We'll all deliver our testimony to the committee chairs together before the hearing begins! If you can't make it in person, you can go ahead and submit testimony anyway -- we'll deliver it on your behalf. You can see sample talking points and sample testimony here.