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May 2019

Dear friends,

Support Passage of a Carbon Fee and Rebate Law
in Massachusetts

This month we begin a series of articles profiling important climate and energy bills pending in the Massachusetts legislature.

H. 2810, An Act to Fund Green Infrastructure and to Lower Emissions is sponsored by Rep. Jen Benson and 94 other members of the Massachusetts House of Representatives.

The Benson bill:

The Benson bill imposes a carbon fee beginning with $20 per ton which would scale up to $40 per ton over four years. If Massachusetts falls behind mandated carbon reductions the price will increase an additional $5/ton per year. 30% of revenues raised will go to a Green Infrastructure Fund. At least 40% of those funds must be used for projects that benefit low-income households and communities. Additionally, Massachusetts must assess a carbon fee on methane leaks from the natural gas distribution system.

Read more here and at www.MassCleanEnergyFuture.org.

If you're a faith leader sign the MA Interfaith Call for Carbon Pricing today!

Call your state representative today and urge them to pass H. 2810.

 

A Green New Deal — Why We Need One, What It Means

John Oliver

There's nothing funny about climate change but John Oliver's explanation of the Green New Deal will leave you laughing — even if through your tears. It includes a "must see" explanation of carbon pricing by Bill Nye the Science Guy.

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For a more serious and detailed explanation of the Green New Deal check out this video featuring Rev. Michael Malcolm and Avery Davis Lamb of Interfaith Power & Light, and Emily Wirzba from the Friends Committee on National Legislation. It provides a good summary of four of the carbon fee and rebate bills in Congress. Our favorite is S.1128, the American Opportunity Carbon Fee Act sponsored by Sen. Whitehouse and Sen. Schatz. That bill provides a $900 tax credit for every worker and $10 billion for climate adaptation, low income communities and workers transitioning from the fossil fuel industry.

 

Solar incentive available in towns with municipal electric companies

solar panelsUntil now, if you live in a town like Concord, Belmont or Norwood that has a municipal electric company, you couldn't participate in the state programs that provide incentives to install solar panels. But that has changed: the state Department of Energy Resources just announced a rebate program in 19 towns that will pay up to 50% of the panels' cost on systems 25 kw or smaller. This size will easily produce enough electricity for any home and will likely cover most electric needs for a house of worship. Details on the program are at: https://www.mass.gov/guides/municipal-light-plant-solar-rebate-program#-program-overview-

But funds are limited and will likely go fast so you should act quickly. Contact one of MIP&L's solar partners to have them give you a proposal:

Madeleine Barr at Resonant Energy madeleine@resonant.energy and Bob Clarke at 621 Energy clarker@621energy.com. When you sign a contract with them, they will submit your project to qualify for the rebate.

And reach out to Jim Nail, MIP&L's solar expert, for guidance and questions: jnail78@comcast.net.

 

Oppose the Enbridge Weymouth Compressor Station

protestThe Massachusetts Dept. of Environmental Protection held a three-day hearing on the appeal of their approval of an air quality permit to Enbridge for a proposed Weymouth compressor station. Visit www.nocompressor.com for background on why it is so important to stop it.

After the second day of the hearing concluded, DEP released over 700 pages of new data that it collected in July of 2018 but did not provide to the organization whose Health Impact Assessment (HIA) concluded that there would be no health impact from the project. This is the second batch of "new" data discovered, and includes at least 10 new toxins, many at elevated levels.

What You Can Do:

 

Transportation Climate Initiative Comments Due Today — 5.29

TCI logo

A bipartisan group of governors from Massachusetts and 8 Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern states are collaborating to design a policy that would put a price on carbon for our transportation sector. This collaboration is called the Transportation Climate Initiative, or TCI.

The TCI is currently accepting public comments on their carbon pricing policy.
If you want to leave a comment, please do so today. The public comment form closes on May 29.

Click here to leave a public comment for the Transportation Climate Initiative.

In your comment:

 

For All Who Care About the Next Generations

book launch

Climate Generation: Awakening to Our Children's Future

Featuring:
Bill McKibben, author and environmentalist and
Lorna Gold, author of Climate Generation, and climate activist

Lorna Gold shares her inspiring personal journey to understand what climate change means for her as a mother seeking to protect her children and, by extension, the world of which we are all a part.

June 6, 2:30-4 pm
School of Theology and Ministry, Boston College
Simboli Hall, Room 100
9 Lake Street, Brighton, MA

Registration: https://bit.ly/2YATyCt (limited seating)
Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/2044642939178689/
Download flyer here.
Watch Dr. Gold's video here.

 

Go 100% Renewable in Newton Power Choice

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Brookline and Newton both have municipal aggregation programs that allow electricity customers to purchase more renewable energy than Eversource offers. Newton's program, Newton Power Choice, provides the equivalent of 60% renewable as the standard. In both communities, customers have the option to choose 100 percent New England renewable electricity. To choose the 100% renewable option, Newton residents should first locate their Eversource account number and then call 866-968-8065 or click here.

 

Peace and blessings,

Your friends at Massachusetts Interfaith Power & Light

 

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