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SUGGESTIONS FOR ACTION – Pick one or many!
( NEW TO THE ISSUE? Check our Getting Started page. )

WHAT YOU CAN DO

• NEW LEGISLATION PROPOSED IN MA! •
— There are several bills propose in the Massachusetts Legislature that are clean energy and regulatory-positive.
Renewable Portfolio Standard Legislative Bill Hearings

H2706/S1846 – An act relative to solar power and the green economy
H2700/S1876 – An Act to Increase the RPS & Ensure Compliance with the GWSA
11:45 AM – 4 PM
Massachusetts State House
24 Beacon St., Boston, MA
RALLY at 11:45 • Hearing begins at 1 p.m. in Room A-2
MORE INFO AT tinyurl.com/RPShearings2017
» See a review of current MA bills

• CT COMPREHENSIVE ENERGY STRATEGY COMMENT PERIOD •

Connecticut DEEP has released it’s Draft Comprehensive Energy Strategy (CES). The 2013 Comprehensive Energy Strategy brought us CT Expansion, even thought the market never materialized. The 2017 Draft CES still calls for more gas infrastructure expansion.
You can submit written comments until September 25, 4:00 PM
by emailing to DEEP.EnergyBureau@ct.gov or
via US Mail to:
Debra Morrell
DEEP’s Bureau of Energy and Technology Policy
Ten Franklin Square
New Britain, CT 06051
» MORE INFO AT: bit.ly/CT-CES-2017

• LAW SUIT TO PROTECT NATIVE AMERICAN SITES •
Narragansett Law Suit against FERC
FERC approved the CT Expansion pipeline before cultural surveys were conducted for Native American sites in the area. When the survey discovered over 70 in the pipeline path, the Deputy Historic Preservation Officer for the Narragansett Indian Tribe was told it was too late to change the route and 1/3 would be destroyed.  He is now suing FERC to make them adhere to NHPA rules.
» FOR MORE INFO and TO CONTRIBUTE: http://tinyurl.com/SaveMANativeSites

• NATIONWIDE —— URGENT! •
DirtyS1460
Please, CALL Your Senators TODAY and ask them to oppose S.1460, the Trump-McConnell Energy Bill that would fast-track pipelines. Details about it available (as well as a petition to sign) at http://bit.ly/DirtyS1460 , but make sure to call as well.

Please make a quick call:
Capital switchboard: (202) 224-3121
– they will connect you to your Senators.
Basic message:  Please oppose S.1460 – it would fast-track LNG export and pipeline reviews, instead of giving them the additional scrutiny they need!  This energy bill moves us in the wrong direction in many ways.  The fossil fuel industry doesn’t need more handouts and FERC needs major reform, not more power to do the fossil fuel companies’ bidding.

OTHER INDIVIDUAL ACTIONS
• Spread the word!
Write OpEds or Letters to the Editor about the pipeline issue. This especially important to counter inaccurate or one-sided reports you may see, but writing about the pipeline issue preemptively is a good way to bring the subject to the general public.

— Talk to your neighbors and friends about pipeline projects near you and let them know why they’re of concern

— Talk to your local selectboard, planning board, conservation commission about what their plans are or what you think they should be. Even if your town isn’t affected by fossil fuel infrastructure expansion, consider creating a 100% Renewables plant for your town (more info coming soon!), becoming a Green Community, or organizing to participate in the Solarize Mass program

— Talk to your State Legislators
Here are links to the major Massachusetts Legislative Committees who would have sway over these issues. These would be key people to contact first, but definitely feel free to contact more:
» Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy
» Joint Committee on Ways and Means
»
Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture

Consider spending some time at the State House.
Nothing beats an actual person talking to you about the issues. Consider making an appointment with either your own Legislators, or with some on the Committees show above to talk to them about your concerns and present some of the evidence for why more fossil fuel expansion is the wrong direction.


— In Your Own Home or Business
• Contact MassSAVE for a free home energy audit. Find out where you can improve your energy efficiency and what incentive programs and rebates you qualify for.

• Talk to a nearby rooftop or small-scale wind energy provider about systems you could use to generate your own clean energy. If you’re not sure where to find someone, NESEA’s Sustainable Green Pages could be a good place to start.

• If your own energy system isn’t an option, consider adding New England Green Start to your utility account. For pennies more per KWh, you can ensure that the amount of energy you use is purchased by your utility company from clean energy sources.

» WHAT BUSINESSES CAN DO
» WHAT YOUR COMMUNITY CAN DO

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• Plant a Tree!
In Pittsfield:
— Free Trees from BEAT! Neighborhoods in Pittsfield are now a part of a statewide program to increase canopy cover, reduce energy costs for heating and cooling, and make our neighborhoods healthier. Come visit our table and find out more about getting FREE TREES, PROFESSIONALLY PLANTED, FOR FREE! Hosted by Pittsfield Greening the Gateway City – Free Trees and Berkshire Environmental Action Team.
»  Contact Jane Winn of Berkshire Environmental Action Team


» Help other communities fighting similar battles against fossil fuel infrastructure expansion across the country


— Get behind solutions!
» FOCUS ON EFFICIENCY
• Encourage your State Reps. and the Governor to focus on energy efficiency as a way to close the energy gap, not bringing in more fossil fuels to feed existing and fire up more leaky gas-fired plants.

» FOCUS ON ALTERNATIVES
• Support solar, wind, micro-wind, energy efficiency and conservation measures.


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