SUGGESTIONS FOR ACTION – Pick one or many!
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WHAT YOU CAN DO
• CPV GAS POWER PLANT, ORANGE CO., NY •
Sign the Petition: Governor Cuomo Pull The Plug on CPV: Reject the 401 Water Permit
The CPV Valley Power plant, a massive 650 Megawatt fracked-gas power plant that is under construction right now in Orange County, New York, would be one of the largest in the State of New York and climate scientists say it would create a climate emergency. It would lock us into fracked-gas dependency for the next 40 years and put lower Manhattan under water.
CPV would require thousands of new fracking wells in neighboring Pennsylvania over its lifetime. The project also necessitates a vast network of infrastructure such as pipelines and compressor stations that are devastating communities all along its path. Health impacts have already been documented, people are being forced from their homes, some are even threatened with eminent domain.
But it is not too late to stop this project! There is one critical permit left, the NY State-issued 401 Water Quality Certificate, and without it CPV cannot operate. Cuomo must make a final decision on this last permit before the end of August.
• WEYMOUTH COMPRESSOR STATION / ATLANTIC BRIDGE •
• CT EXPANSION PIPELINE •
You can challenge the “need” for CT Expansion. Contact your State Legislators and ask them to press for a change of focus for the new Comprehensive Energy Strategy to clean energy and efficiency solutions – not including conversion to natural gas for heat, and to contact FERC, demanding that they rescind the Notice to Proceed with CT Expansion and re-open the precedent agreements at the heart of it’s FERC certificate. If there’s no longer a state program creating need for more gas, there’s no need for this pipeline project!
Instead of pressing for conversion to natural gas heat, the CES should provide for:
— increased energy efficiency
— conversion to electric mini-split cold weather heat pumps
— removal of any caps on solar, incentives for home solar
» See more information
» See 350ct.org’s statement on the CES for comment ideas
Amendment Seeks to Overturn CT Pipeline Tax
by Andrea Sears, Public News Service
June 7, 2017
HARTFORD, Conn. – Environmental and consumer groups are urging passage of an amendment in the state Senate that would protect Connecticut electric customers from being forced to pay for new gas pipelines. The proposed amendment to Senate Bill 861 would overturn a pipeline tax passed in 2015 to fund interstate gas pipelines.
» Read original article
• FOCUS ON FERC •
End #fercabuses! Call Your Senators and continue urging them to vote “NO” on Trump’s Nominees for FERC!
» More info
• NEW LEGISLATION PROPOSED IN MA! •
— There are several bills propose in the Massachusetts Legislature that are clean energy and regulatory-positive.
» See a review of current MA bills
• SIGN THE PETITION •
GOV. BAKER: No new gas infrastructure – It’s time to follow GWSA law
MA’s 2008 Global Warming Solutions Act’s key mandate, as reinforced by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court in May 2016, requires reductions of greenhouse emissions by 2020, a cut of 25 percent from 1990 levels. New gas pipelines & compressor stations ARE NOT compatible with this mandate.
Section 7 of the GWSA says the following: “In considering and issuing permits, licenses and other administrative approvals and decisions, the respective agency, department, board, commission or authority shall also consider reasonably foreseeable climate change impacts, including additional greenhouse gas emissions, and effects, such as predicted sea level rise.”
»» Sign Petition Here
• BUSINESSES, OPPOSE NEW PIPELINES! •
In W. Roxbury!
— Please come #StandWithMary. Demonstrate your anger and outrage over a project that no one wants and we don’t need. Our consistent, regular presence is a reminder of our determined opposition to this dangerous pipeline. We invite all who support our frontline challenge to join us. Extra signs available! Pledge to vigil with ResistthePipeline.org.
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.
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• Plant a Tree!
— 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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