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2019 Climate & Energy Advocacy Training

Thursday, June 13, 7 pm to 9 pm at Temple Beth Elohim, 10 Bethel Road, Wellesley 

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Please join us at the upcoming 2019 Climate and Energy Advocacy Trainingpresented by the Massachusetts Sierra Club and Mass Power Forward Coalition.  This training will provide a valuable update on clean energy, climate, and environmental justice priorities for this legislative session and share action steps and tools you can use to help move these priorities forward. You’ll hear from Sierra Club trainers and local environmental leaders.

This training will:

  • outline key legislation to expand renewable energy and reduce climate pollution in Massachusetts
  • explain why equity and environmental justice matter and how they are central to the Mass Power Forward Coalition’s climate agenda
  • share action steps you can take and tools to prepare you to engage effectively with state and local officials
  • answer your questions about the clean energy landscape in our state.

Join us for this informative evening and let’s come together to make real progress on a just clean energy transition in our communities and across Massachusetts.  No prior experience required!

Registration requested.  Please use this Sign-Up link.

Co-sponsors include First Parish in Needham UU Green Congregation Committee, Green Needham Collaborative, Jewish Alliance for Law & Social Action, Jewish Climate Action Network, Sustainable Wellesley, Temple Beth Elohim Green Team, Temple Beth Shalom, UU Wellesley Hills, and Wellesley Village Church.

Phyllis Theermann

boston keystone

The photo is of several Wellesley residents who teamed up with 350.org Massachusetts Chapter to send a message to Obama/Markey this week in Boston. 

The conclusion from the U.S. State Department’s Environmental Impact Statement that the proposed Keystone XL pipeline would have “no significant impacts” on the environment is disgraceful. Leading climate scientists have deemed the report’s conclusions “without merit in many critical areas.”

The critical environmental issue is not the risk of spills due to the integrity of the pipeline connecting Alberta to our coasts. The issue is the certain increase in emissions of heat-trapping carbon dioxide gas that would result if we open the spigot to one of the planet’s dirtiest fuels: tar sands. Scientists estimate that the Alberta tar sands contain 360 to 510 billion tons of carbon – more than double that of all oil burned in human history! No impact on the environment?

I think not.

Approving the Keystone XL pipeline would deal a devastating blow to our climate, environment and national interests. We need leadership! President Obama and Secretary of State Kerry can provide it given their knowledge on the climate issue, but their decision will not be easy given the overwhelming economic and political clout of the fossil fuel industry.

James Hansen, the most respected climate scientist in the world, summarized it best recently: “The science on climate change has been in for a quarter of a century. There are no more mixed messages, just catastrophe after catastrophe. The President/Secretary of State stand at a fork in the road: rejecting the pipeline will show the world we are serious and determined to do what’s right by the people, planet and future generations.”

It boils down to this: Obama/Kerry know what the right decision is, but will they have the courage to make it? Will we finally realize “hope and change” with respect to climate change? We’ll find out any day now with their decision on the Keystone XL pipeline.

This is such an important decision with global/national implications, here are Dave’s ask of all of us:

1.       Vote for politicians who say and do the right thing with respect to climate change.  Write them to tell them that you will work to get them elected if they do the right thing, but that you will work to get them unelected if they do not.

2.       Because we are already paying the price of carbon emissions (floods, droughts, super storms, wild fires, higher insurance premiums, higher food prices), we must put a price on carbon emissions.  Such a price would drive adoption of energy efficiency and renewable energy.  Learn about the leading policy options for implementing this (carbon tax, fee-and-dividend, or cap-and-trade).  This recent NY Times Op-Ed by a former Republican Secretary of State lays out a great argument for a fee-and-dividend approach:  http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323611604578396401965799658.html

3.       Sign up to get a monthly email from the leading climate scientist in the world, James Hansen.  As you learn more about the science of climate change and its implications, you will be well equipped to win the conversation with family, friends and those in your social network.  You can sign up here: http://columbia.us1.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=0ebaeb14fdbf5dc65289113c1&id=2256fd804a

-written by: David Flannery, Wellesley, MA

Phyllis Theermann

There are many things you can help Massachusetts get done.

1. Fund Mass Transit – Call on Gov. Patrick and our legislature to fund mass transit. We need a 21st century transit system to build our economy and reduce carbon pollution at the same time!

☀ Visit t4ma.org.

2. Call Governor Patrick immediately and ask him to lower the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) Cap. Current emissions are at roughly 91 million tons, yet discussion is underway to raise the cap to 97-106 million tons. DEMAND THAT THE CAP BE LOWERED AT LEAST BACK TO 91 MILLION TONS, or, better yet, to reflect a 25% reduction: 68 million tons. 617.725.4005 www.mass.gov/governor

3. In addition, tell Governor Patrick to enforce the Global Warming Solutions Act (GWSA), particularly Section 3D. The GWSA mandates a 25% reduction in greehouse gasses by 2020 and 80% by 2050, with required regulations setting declining annual emissions for all sectors. TELL GOVERNOR PATRICK TO ENFORCE THE LAW!

4. Call State Senator Mike Barrett and Representative Tom Conroy of Concord-Carlisle to thank them for their recent legislation mandating a carbon tax. Ask how you can support his efforts.

5. Consider joining a group such as Citizens Climate Lobby, which is currently researching the feasibility of putting an initiative on the ballot for a statewide carbon tax.

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