We are down to the wire, everyone. We have just two days, at most, until a joint Senate-House committee releases their final version of the big energy omnibus bill. From there, it will go to the House and Senate for an up-or-down vote, and then onward to the Governor's desk to be signed into law.
Our movement has put up a hell of a fight over the last year, and our opposition knows it. They're going all-out in these final days, with front groups like the "Consumers Energy Alliance" running TV ads, making robocalls, and more.
The committee is operating behind closed doors, and solid information is hard to come by. But it sounds like our opposition may be gaining ground. We're hearing that the committee is leaning towards staying silent on the pipeline tax. And although they'll offer some support for clean energy and offshore wind, it may not be as much as we need.
With the hours counting down until the bill is done, our movement needs to make one last push!
How to Call:
Please call your representative TODAY!
1. Look up your state representative's name and phone number by entering your street address here.
2. Call your state representative's office. Tell them you are calling about the big energy bill and that you have a message that you would like your representative to pass along to Speaker De Leo and the members of the conference committee. Tell them that you want a bill that ensures 2,000 MW of offshore wind, doubles the Renewable Portfolio Standard, and bans the pipeline tax.
3. Report your call below!
4. Have five more minutes? Make a few more calls! Contact Speaker Robert DeLeo (617-722-2500) and the three House members of the conference committee, Rep. Brian Dempsey (D-Haverhill, 617-722-2990), Rep. Thomas Golden (D-Lowell, 617-722-2263) and Rep. Bradley Jones (R-North Reading, 617-722-2100). Share the same message: we want a bill that ensures 2,000 MW of offshore wind, doubles the Renewable Portfolio Standard, and bans the pipeline tax!90 callsAdd call
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Footprint Power is trying to build a new 740-MW gas-fired power plant in Salem, on the site of the decommissioned coal plant. We're working to stop them.
More than 60% of Massachusetts' energy already comes from gas -- the last thing that we need is another gas plant. Despite what the industry might tell you, gas is not a bridge to a clean energy future. In fact, recent studies have suggested that when methane leaks are taken into account, gas may be as bad for our climate as coal. Instead of doubling down on gas, we should be working to meet our energy needs through conservation, efficiency, and renewables.
The proposed plant is also a bad deal for the people of the North Shore. The plant would spew air pollution and put the health of Salem residents at risk, and it would be an ugly eyesore right on the edge of Salem's historic harbor. As repeated studies have shown, there are much better uses for the proposed site.
Massachusetts is at a crossroads: we can set an example for other states, and for the world, by stopping the proposed plant -- or we can deepen our dependence on fossil fuels and lock ourselves in decades of continued emissions. The choice is ours.
Join us in working to stop the Salem plant!
- Check out our allies in Salem, Grassroots Against Another Salem Power Plant (GASPP)
- Take a look at our report about why building the new Salem plant would make it hard for Massachusetts to meet its global warming goals
Tell Governor Baker: Don't Bill Us for New Pipelines
Sign our petition to tell Governor Baker that you oppose his plan to make electricity customers pay for new gas pipelines!1,286 signatures
Dear Governor Baker:
Your Department of Public Utilities has moved forward with a proposal to pay for new gas pipelines by adding a charge to our monthly electricity bills. But ratepayers should not be saddled with costs that have always been borne by gas companies in the past.
PLUS: Attorney General Healey’s recently released study shows that we don’t even need new pipelines! By investing in clean energy and energy efficiency, we can ensure reliability while keeping costs down and meeting the state’s mandated goals for reducing climate pollution.
Emily Kirkland published Jobs, Justice, Climate: Rally to Defend New England's Future! in Latest News 2015-12-14 13:27:38 -0500United Nations delegates have been negotiating about climate change for more than 20 years, and this December, they'll meet again in Paris for yet another round of talks. There's reason to be hopeful, but we already know that even if the delegates finally reach an agreement, it won't be strong enough to prevent the worst impacts of climate change.
No matter what happens in Paris, we know what we need: real climate solutions that create secure union jobs and strengthen community power and resiliency. And to get there, we need to build an unstoppable grassroots movement that can unite organized labor, immigrant rights, racial justice and climate justice groups.
It's up to us to lead the way -- and we're starting right here in New England with a massive rally on December 12, the day after the Paris talks end!
What: Jobs, Justice and Climate: Rally to Defend New England’s Future
When: Saturday, Dec 12, 1-3 pm
Where: Parkman Bandstand, Boston Common, BostonWe’ll lift up the voices of New England's organized labor, immigrant rights, racial justice, and climate justice groups as we call for jobs, justice and climate action together. Join us as we build connections between movements and stand together as one! RSVP here.
To: Governor Charlie Baker; Senate President Stanley Rosenberg; Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo;
We, the undersigned...
to hold polluters accountable for the damage that fossil fuels inflict on our air, our water, and the future stability of our climate; to reduce our reliance on imported dirty fuels such as oil and gas, and build a strong, independent economy that runs on clean, renewable sources of energy produced here in Massachusetts; to protect poor and vulnerable populations, both from suffering an unfair burden from fossil fuel pollution, and from bearing the cost of the transition to a just and stable future; to honor the legal commitment that Massachusetts made when we passed the Global Warming Solutions Act, to reduce our emissions in proportion to what the best scientific evidence indicates is necessary to avoid catastrophic global warming; to write the next chapter of bold Massachusetts policy leadership, and demonstrate to the country and to the world that pollution pricing can be good policy and good politics; and to create a safe and sustainable future for our children, our grandchildren, and all future generations, here in Massachusetts and around the world...
call on the State of Massachusetts to put a price on global warming pollution.
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