More than 250 people gathered yesterday for a worship service, rally and march to oppose Spectra Energy's West Roxbury Lateral gas pipeline! We chanted, sang, and walked together to the Dedham-Boston city line, where we formed a human chain to symbolize our united resistance to the pipeline. Many groups came together to make this event a reality, including Resist the Pipeline, Stop the West Roxbury Lateral Pipeline, Dedham Safety Over Profits, West Roxbury Saves Energy, the 350 Mass Boston node, and others! Spectra has started construction on the pipeline, but with local residents and officials still standing strong, there's no way the company will be able to finish the project without a fight. Be sure to check out the photos on Facebook and read more about the action in the Boston Globe, and stay tuned for more updates on the campaign to #StopSpectra!
On Thursday, the Massachusetts State Senate unanimously passed S.1973, a climate adaptation bill that includes an amendment addressing solar power. The amendment would largely eliminate the state's caps on net metering, making it easier for solar owners all over the state to be paid for the power they generate. Although the amendment isn't perfect, it's a big step in the right direction. Now, it's up to the House to act!
Please call your state representative today and ask them to support raising the net metering cap!
2) Ask your State Representative to support raising the net metering cap. Here's a basic script you can use:
I’m a constituent of yours and a member of 350 Massachusetts. I'm calling to urge you to support raising the cap on net metering so that the solar industry can continue to provide clean energy and good jobs to Massachusetts. A Boston clean energy firm has estimated that between 10 and 20 solar jobs are lost per day as long as the cap remains in place. Millions of dollars of investments are leaving our state, and low-income solar projects are blocked in 170+ communities. This is unacceptable. Please support raising the net metering caps today.
If your legislator is already supportive of raising the net metering cap, you should thank them for their position and ask them to reach out to their colleagues on this issue. For a list of legislators who have already co-sponsored net metering legislation this session, click here.
If your legislator is interested in learning more, you can refer them to the Next Generation Solar Policy Framework, which lays out a comprehensive policy framework for promoting solar power in Massachusetts.
On Tuesday, Service Employees International Union Local 509 and the Massachusetts Nurses Association delivered a letter asking the Massachusetts pension board to address the financial risks of continued investment in oil, coal and gas companies. Educators for a Democratic Union, a progressive caucus within the Massachusetts Teachers Association, and Divest Our Pensions Now, an advocacy group representing state employees and pension recipients, also signed the letter.
"There are certainly environmental concerns related to the use of fossil fuels, but this ultimately comes down to ensuring a secure retirement for Massachusetts families," said Susan Tousignant, president of SEIU Local 509. "When it comes to the risk of fossil fuel investments, we’re looking at a volatile market, at best. At worst, we could see the financial security of current and future retirees go down the drain. We have a duty to do everything we can to prevent that from happening."
350 Mass has worked closely with SEIU 509 and the Massachusetts Nurses Association to advocate for divesting the state pension fund from fossil fuels, and we were on hand on Tuesday to help deliver the letter!
The letter explains that according to some of the world’s leading financial experts, fossil fuel companies present unique risks to investors, in part because the value of fossil fuel companies is likely to decline sharply when governments take action to address climate change.
Interested in getting more involved in our divestment campaign? Email Darcy DuMont, firstname.lastname@example.org. And don't forget to sign our petition to help make Massachusetts the first state in the nation to divest from fossil fuels!