Call Script: State Environmental Bills

Rising seas. Blizzard weather. A climate denier in the White House. It’s time for Massachusetts to act on climate change. Can you call your state legislators today to take urgent action on clean energy this session?

If you don’t know who represents you, look up your state elected officials at wheredoivotema.com or https://malegislature.gov/StateHouse/Contact.
Please take a moment to call your legislator using the guidelines below.

CALL SCRIPT:

“Hello, my name is ____ and I am calling from _______. May I speak with [Rep.] or [Senator]’s office about energy legislation?

FIRST ASK

(you may be transferred to another staff member):

I am calling to urge [__your legislator__] to do everything in their power to assure the legislature acts on clean energy and climate change in 2018. Failure to take action diminishes our leadership and leaves communities and jobs at risk. Will [__your legislator__] ask legislative leadership to move forward with clean energy this year?

SECOND ASK:

Specifically, I support the Mass Power Forward 5-point agenda to meet at least 50% of our energy needs with clean energy by 2030, advance environmental justice, reform the Department of Public Utilities, ensure all communities can access solar energy and fully implement the Global Warming Solutions Act. Would you like bill numbers for these five priorities? I can share bill numbers, or point you to more information online (mapowerforward.com).

IF YES:

I am going to read you the bill numbers for each priority.

  1. 50% clean energy by 2030 – (H2700 and S1876) There are many bills filed on the Renewable Portfolio Standard, our clean energy mandate. Please support at least 50% by 2030.
  2. Environmental JusticeH2913 and S426  
  3. Solar for AllH3396 and S1831  
  4. Reform the DPU and Prevent the Pipeline TaxH3400 and S1847 –  
  5. Implementing the Global Warming Solutions ActH2149 and S479

Thank you for your time.

MORE INFORMATION below:

Accelerating Renewable Energy

Mass Power Forward supports achieving at least 50% clean energy by 2030. To do so, we must accelerate the Renewable Portfolio Standard by at least 3% each year, driving demand for renewable power and growing our local clean energy industries. Achieving at least 50% clean energy by 2030 will put us on a strong path toward 100% Renewable Energy, economy-wide.

We also support eliminating the solar net metering caps and incorporating municipal light plants into the state’s clean energy goals.

Solar Access for All

Mass Power Forward urges the legislature to ensure all communities can benefit from solar energy. This legislation ensures fair compensation to low-income solar and to community shared solar net metering with a minimum threshold of low-moderate income customers, incentivizes projects that expand access to communities facing barriers, and directs the Department of Energy Resources to address barriers like income, housing type and language in their program design.  

Environmental Justice (EJ)

EJ is based on the principle that all people have a right to be protected from environmental pollution and to live in and enjoy a clean and healthful environment. EJ is the equal protection and meaningful involvement of all people with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws. We support codifying environmental justice definitions and protections into law as this law would do, and altering the Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act to incorporate environmental justice concerns into its reviews.

Reforming the Department of Public Utilities and Ramping Down on Fossil Fuels

We cheered the August ruling by the MA SJC that pipeline taxes are illegal, but we know the fight against new gas pipelines is not over. We support bills by Rep. Kulik and Senator Eldridge to ensure the public’s ability to intervene at the DPU and hold local distribution gas contracts to high standards regarding the capacity they are allowed to buy. We also support legislation filed by Sen. Jehlen and Rep. Gordon to ensure that electric and gas consumers can never be forced to subsidize new interstate gas pipelines.

Acting on Climate Change – and Planning For It

Massachusetts became a leader in climate action in 2008 when it set binding emissions reductions targeting 2020 and 2050. Yet our Commonwealth does not have – and desperately needs – a comprehensive and detailed plan to achieve the 2050 emissions reductions required by our nation-leading climate law, the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2008 (GWSA). Without such a plan, and supporting data and analysis, we cannot ensure that our actions today (currently aimed at 2020) are putting us on the most effective and lowest-cost path to achieving our 2050 goals. We are in – and need to break – a cycle of myopic, near-term planning lurching forward either under the threat of litigation or periodic legislative command. We do not have – and absolutely need – iterative, win-win regulatory and investment strategies for deeply decarbonizing our complete energy system (buildings, transportation, electricity, industry) by 2050 while simultaneously ensuring the health and vibrancy of the Commonwealth’s economy.

  • H2149/S479  – Global Warming Solutions Implementation Act – Rep. Smizik / Sen. Pacheco
Jeff Warmouth