Phyllis Theermann

Come hear the candidates discuss their ideas and positions on the critical environmental issues we face. The discussion will be moderated by Katie Lannan of State House News Service.

Democratic candidates Jay Gonzalez, Bob Massie, and Setti Warren have confirmed and Governor Baker has been invited but is unable to attend.

Event takes place on Monday, April 23rd, from 5pm-7pm at the Suffolk University Sargent Hall Function Room (120 Tremont Street, Boston MA).

The forum is free to attend, but attendees must register at as space is limited.

Participating Organizations include: 350 Mass for a Better Future, Acadia Center, Charles River Watershed Association, Conservation Law Foundation, Clean Water Action, Environment Massachusetts, Environmental League of
Massachusetts, Mass Audubon, Mass Energy Consumers Alliance, Mass Rivers Alliance, Massachusetts Sierra Club, Metropolitan Area Planning.

Phyllis Theermann

Tstate househe House energy bill (now HR 4336) was finally released last week and there is some cause for celebration: The bill does not include a pipeline tax and it does include historic provisions to encourage offshore wind development. However, bolder measures to build a clean energy future are needed.

The bill is now in the House Ways & Means Committee so the State Reps can still weigh-in on the final form. Please consider taking the opportunity to impact its final form by calling your Representative.  (MAICCA) suggests the following script when calling your Representative and ask for bolder action:

I’m a constituent of Rep.__, a resident of [your town], and a member of Mass Interfaith Coalition for Climate Action. I’m calling today about House energy bill HR 4336.

[If your rep signed the Kulik or Farley-Bouvier/Ehrlich letter*]: First, I want to thank Rep. __ for holding the line against the pipeline tax!

I’m please that the energy bill does not include a pipeline tax and proud that Massachusetts is making an historic commitment to developing offshore wind. Now I’m asking Rep.__ to urge even bolder action:

1. Increase the offshore wind procurement level to 2,000 megawatts,which is the scale needed to ensure that Massachusetts will benefit from the cost reduction, jobs, and overall economic benefits of offshore wind.
2. Support an amendment to ban a pipeline tax so that the burden and risk of costly, unnecessary pipeline construction cannot be shifted onto ratepayers.
3.  Lift the solar cap and restore fair net-metering rates for low-income and community-shared solar projects. I hope Rep.__ will support any amendments with these provisions to help ensure solar is accessible to all Massachusetts citizens.

– I appreciate Rep.__’s support for clean energy and hope she/he will encourage other House members and leaders to do the same!

*Please be sure to thank House members who have already been champions for these issues this session. To know whether your rep joined their colleagues in signing two important letters to the House leadership on energy policy: Kulik “no pipeline” letter and/or Farley-Bouvier/Ehrlich omnibus priorities letter, simply click on these links BEFORE you call or send your email.

MAICCA’s partners at Clean Water Action have created a great automated email link that folks can also use to write their legislators – please click here for the link.