The most important action you can take is to let your legislators know that you care about clean energy and want the most robust, clean, renewable, and just energy legislation passed this session. Thank our local legislators for all they have done thus far and then ask them to do more to get bills out of committee so that they can be voted on. If the bills don’t make it out of the various committee bottlenecks they will never have a chance at passing.
- Make phone calls or write to ask our state senators and representatives to support key legislation including a bill that bans a pipeline tax. In 2017, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled against allowing energy companies charging electric ratepayers for new gas pipelines. This year, we need the legislature to codify that ruling into law to protect us from future pipeline threats.
Contact House Speaker DeLeo and ask that he make sure clean energy and environmental justice bills make it to the floor for a vote. We need to see him to lead on clean energy policy.
Sample script for Governor Baker:
I am a constituent calling Governor Baker today to request that he withdraws his support for the Enbridge/Spectra pipeline projects in Massachusetts, including the Weymouth compressor station. Any new pipelines built would immediately put us over environmental protection mandates in the Global Warming Solutions Act.
Sharon Advocate Letters are due Monday by 9 AM for that week’s issue. Letters should not exceed 400 words.
Sample letter to the editor:
Whose side are you on, Governor Baker?
Industry propaganda touts natural gas as cleaner than other fossil fuels (Baker pushes on gas facility, 7/18/17). Sure, gas burns cleaner, but the impact of leaked methane, a potent greenhouse gas, must also be taken into account. If just 3% of the gas escapes into the atmosphere along the supply chain, then it causes as much global warming as burning coal. A Harvard study estimated gas leakage at about 2.7% of all gas delivered to the region (Leaks in Boston area gas pipes exceed estimates, 1/22/15).
Massachusetts’ aging gas infrastructure is riddled with gas leaks, many of them decades old (Project reveals 20,000 leaks in Mass. gas lines, 8/21/15). Rather than fixing those leaks, gas company executives, who are paid millions, are proposing a 7,700 horsepower compressor station in Weymouth to pump gas to LNG terminals in Nova Scotia and export it to foreign markets where they can get a higher price than here in New England.
Governor Baker should demonstrate his commitment to fighting global warming by helping Weymouth residents stop the compressor station, which has nothing to do with the clean energy needs of Massachusetts and everything to do with gas company profits.
Go to the No Sharon Gas Pipeline Facebook Page, where you will find the most up-to-date information, and “like” the page. Share with friends.
Join us at Sustainable Sharon Coalition meetings held the second Wednesday of each month at the Unitarian Church of Sharon.
Sign up for community solar at SharonSaves.org. Community solar comes through the electrical grid, so you don’t need to put panels on, or you can supplement your energy when your panels can’t keep up.
Sign up for Mass Energy’s Shave the Peak alerts so you can reduce electricity use during peak days. This reduces need (which helps stop pipelines) and prevents the use of more expensive, dirty fuels.
Ask our federal officials to intervene at the federal level so that organizations like the Federal Energy Resource Commission (FERC) that are heavily influenced by the fossil fuel industry, don’t hand the dirty energy companies permits without constituent and health officials’ input.
Support activists fighting the Weymouth compressor station. If the Weymouth compressor station is built it lays the groundwork for the Access Northeast pipeline project to transport harmful fracked gas from Pennsylvania through Sharon and neighboring communities primarily for sale to overseas markets.