By 2020, tar sands oil -- the dirtiest fossil fuel on earth -- could make up a significant portion of Massachusetts' fuel supply. We need to act now to keep tar sands oil out of our state! On Thursday, the state legislature is hearing a bill that would effectively ban tar sands oil by imposing a clean fuels standard. We need as many people there as possible to show that Massachusetts residents don't want tar sands oil in our state! Join us!
WHAT: Legislative Hearing to Keep Tar Sands Out of MA
WHEN: Thu, May 28, 1pm – 2pm
WHERE: Hearing Room A-2, MA State House, 24 Beacon St, Boston
The divestment movement has spread like wildfire over the past few years. But one major voice is still largely absent from the debate: alumni. It's time to change that! Alumni are an immensely powerful force on campuses, and their involvement can make all the difference. If you're an alumnus of a college or university in New England, join us on May 27 for a gathering and discussion about divestment. This is your chance to meet other alumni from your school, learn about ways to get involved, and start taking action!
WHAT: Divestment Gathering for Alumni for New England Schools
WHEN: Wed, May 27, 5:30pm – 8:00pm (food and mingling from 5:30 to 6:00, with presentations and discussion starting at 6:00)
WHERE: First Church Congregational, 11 Garden St, Cambridge
The solar industry in Massachusetts has been growing by leaps and bounds: we were ranked fourth in the nation for solar installed last year -- beating far sunnier states like Texas and Arizona.
But now, solar is in trouble. There's a cap on the number of large solar installations that can use net metering, which allows solar owners to be paid for the electricity they generate. The cap has already been reached in some parts of the state, and it will be reached in others soon -- threatening the continued development of the Massachusetts solar industry.
Utilities like National Grid and Eversource know that solar threatens their old-fashioned business model, and they're fighting to keep the net metering cap in place. These are the same utility companies that broke their contracts with Cape Wind and are now advocating for new fracked gas pipelines. We need to fight back!
We're joining forces with solar advocates across Massachusetts and calling our legislators to eliminate the net metering cap. Join us!
Here's how to participate:
2) Ask your State Senator and Representative to support legislation that would lift the net metering cap. Here's a basic script you can use:
I’m a constituent of yours. I'm calling to urge you to raise the caps on net metering so that the solar industry can continue to provide clean energy and good jobs to Massachusetts. Will you support raising the net metering caps?
Note that the following key legislators particularly need to hear from their constituents on this issue: Representative Thomas Golden, Representative Paul Brodeur, Representative Brian Dempsey, Representative Ted Speliotis, Representative Tackey Chan, Representative Thomas Petrolati and Speaker DeLeo.