Pages tagged "legislation"

  • Thanksgiving carbon pricing call

    11/22/19

    Dear Mothers Out Front Massachusetts friends,

    For me, Thanksgiving is a small annual intergenerational gathering of a few family and friends. We traditionally take time to say what we are grateful for. Sometimes we share memories about relatives and friends who are no longer with us. It makes me reflect on my own life and how I would like to be remembered.

    As always, I am grateful for the love of family and friends. This year I am especially grateful for Mothers Out Front's campaign for a livable future.

    With every phone call, tweet, and letter to a public official, every rally and march, every conference call and meeting, my children see me as a passionate advocate fighting to transform a sick and threatened planet into a healthy, just, and thriving world.  

    The Mothers Out Front Legislative Team thanks you for your amazing support this year and asks that you take a moment, in the next week or two, to send a Thanksgiving message to your state legislators. We want to get a hearing for a bill that would create a state carbon fee and dividend program that fairly benefits all Commonwealth residents.

    Our calls are part of a statewide effort with the Clean Energy Future coalition in support of H.2810, “An Act to Promote Green Infrastructure and Reduce Carbon Emissions” sponsored by Rep. Jennifer Benson and co-sponsored by 104 other legislators

    Filling our legislators inboxes with emails and voicemails during and just after the Thanksgiving break will show that we're serious about wanting them to join us to work for a just and livable future for all children. If you email, include a photo of your family with your note.

    • Ask your legislators to urge the Chairs of the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy (Senator Michael Barrett and Representative Thomas Golden) to hold a hearing on the Benson Bill, H.2810, “An Act to Promote Green Infrastructure and Reduce Carbon Emissions.” 

    Thank you,

    Ellie Goldberg for the Legislative Team

     

    Below is a sample for you to use in calling your legislators. If you want to email, here is a sample

    For those who live within Senator Barrett’s district (Waltham, Lincoln, Lexington, Concord, Bedford, etc), here are alternative sample scripts for calling or emailing.

    Find my legislator: https://malegislature.gov/search/findmylegislator

    Sample constituent phone script for calling your legislator: 

    My name is ____ and I live at______. I am calling as a member of Mothers Out Front to ask you to please contact the Chairs of the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy (Senator Michael Barrett and Representative Thomas Golden) to bring the Benson bill H2810 to a hearing and to personally encourage your colleagues to also champion this bill to put a fair price on carbon pollution. [Add something about the loved ones who make you feel the urgency of climate change and motivate you to take action]. Thank you and Happy Thanksgiving.

    Learn more about H2810 here

  • The FUTURE Act

     

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    Thank you to all for showing up and supporting the FUTURE Act hearing in the Telecommunications, Utilities, and Energy Committee, November 12, 2019

    Audrey Schulman from HEET has made a thank you gift for all of us in this 45 second video. Thank you to Sonja Tengblad, from our East Boston team, for your creative testimony and the soundtrack for this video!
    Some highlights for those of you who weren't there:
    • 37 people testified for the FUTURE Act
    • A bus came from Merrimack Valley with lots of folks from Lawrence and North Andover. Seven of them shared really powerful and moving testimony about their experiences over the last year.
    • 4 moms from Mothers Out Front testified
    • The room was packed including about 100 from Mothers Out Front.
    • Boston Mayor Walsh testified in support of the FUTURE Act
    • Bill Akley, President of Eversource Gas testified after us and announced their plan for 3 geothermal microdistrict pilots.
    • If you want to see the 5 hours of testimony here is the video of the whole hearing.

    Legislative Sponsors:

    Senator Cindy Creem, Representatives Lori Ehrlich and Christina Minicucci

    The FUTURE Act:

    • Creates a path to a safer renewable energy future.

    • Addresses the neglected gas system’s current leaky pipes and safety challenges.

    • Reforms our Department of Public Utilities (DPU).

    Massachusetts has committed, through the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2008 to a 80% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from 1990 levels. While we strongly support increasing this goal to 100%, we are also aware that our current efforts will not suffice to meet even the 80% target. 

    Since 1997, Massachusetts has required electric utilities to use more renewable energy each year through the Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS). One result is that our growing solar electric industry has earned 11,500 jobs and attracted $5 billion of investment to our state. The gas utilities do not have a similar path to get to our state emissions goals and continue to invest heavily in fossil fuel infrastructure that will not be needed. If we are to meet even existing goals, we must address the gas system.

    It is time to take on the challenge of how to heat and cool our buildings with local clean renewable energy instead of explosive gas. The FUTURE Act creates a road map for gas companies to transition to modern renewable thermal by 2050.


    Next Steps for Advocacy

    The Senate passed a bill, An Act Setting Next Generation Climate Policy, S2500, with important components based on the FUTURE Act, including an amendment that passed in large part because of a surge of calls from Mothers Out Front members. Many parts related to safety and gas leaks will be discussed as part of a Senate Natural Gas bill in the near future. 

    The House members of the Telecommunications, Utilities, and Energy (TUE) Committee extended the deadline for their report on the FUTURE Act until June 4th. We want the bill reported favorably out of the committee as soon as possible. We are still asking Representatives in the House to reach out to the TUE Committee Chair Rep Thomas Golden about our support for the bill. We also ask that you reach out to constituents in other parts of the state where there may not be a strong climate voice to contact their Representatives. Here is a sample email and call script.

    Legislator Information Sheet

    FUTURE bill filed in the House, H.2849, full text

     

    Helpful documents:

    Talking Points for advocates

    Gas is the Past - Health Impacts Information

    Rep Lori Ehrlich on the FUTURE Act 

    Learn more about the bill:

    Webinar on the FUTURE bill