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Mass. Interfaith Power & Light
14 Collins Road
Waban, MA 02468

Phone: 617-244-0755

MIPandL@MIPandL.org

 

Education and Advocacy

2019-2020 Massachusetts Legislative Session

Mass. Interfaith Power & Light's Legislative Priorities:

Our priorities are passing laws that will:

  • Build Green Infrastructure and Lower Carbon Emissions;
  • Make Environmental Justice and SolarEquity the Law; and
  • Get us to Net-Zero Carbon by 2050 by Providing a Concrete Plan of Action.

 

An Act to Fund Green Infrastructure and Reduce Carbon Emissions

Benson Youtube video

The Case for Carbon Pricing. In this video Rep. Jennifer Benson explains An Act to Promote Green Infrastructure and Reduce Carbon Emissions (H.2810). It is co-sponsored by more than 100 of her legislative colleagues in the State House and endorsed by more than 300 faith leaders, and dozens of businesses and non-profits like the Sierra Club, The Environmental League of MA, and Mass Power Forward.

See how H. 2810, the Benson bill, funds green infrastructure, cuts carbon pollution and protects low and moderate-income households and rural communities.

Carbon Pollution Pricing: Gains for Low and Moderate Income Households.

Impacts of Carbon Pollution Pricing on Massachusetts Households at Different Income Levels.

Massachusetts Campaign for a Clean Energy Future Principles for Carbon Pricing/Cap-and-Invest.

Harvard School of Public Health Finds Nearly $3 Billion in Health Benefits from Putting a Price on Carbon Pollution in Massachusetts.

 

Opinions—Scientists, Economists, Politicians and Clergy Agree

Is Carbon Pricing a Spiritual and Ethical Imperative?

Margaret Bullitt-JonasA politician, an economist, and a religious leader came together at a public forum at Westfield State University entitled "Carbon Pricing — A Key Component in Solving a Warming Climate."

Rev. Margaret Bullitt-Jonas explains why they agree on the need for carbon pricing. Read more.

 

Green energy plan should protect, support our communities, by Rep. Frank Moran (D. Lawrence) and Rev. Joel Almono (Rector of the Grace Episcopal Church, Lawrence), The Eagle tribune, June 7, 2019

Mass must lead on climate change; Price, or fee, on carbon pollution is the key by Williem Moomaw and Jesse Mermel, CommonWealth July 20, 2018

To love God and neighbor, put a price on carbon pollution by Rabbi Katy Allen, president, Jewish Climate Action Network and rabbi of Ma'yan Tikvah & Rev. Dr. Margaret Bullitt-Jonas, missioner for Creation Care in the Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts and in the Massachusetts Conference, United Church of Christ. Metrowest Daily News, October 22, 2017

Want to protect the climate? Time for carbon pricing by Naomi Oreskes, Harvard Professor and board chairman, Protect Our Winters, and Jeremy Jones, founder, Protect Our Winters, Boston Globe, May 3, 2017 

State's time to lead on climate is now by Marc Breslow, Ph.D., Policy & Research director of Climate XChange, and Juliette Rooney-Varga, Director of Climate Change Initiative at UMass-Lowell, Lowell Sun, April 26, 2017

 

Sign the Interfaith Call for Carbon Pricing

More than 306 clergy, denominational and lay leaders have signed the Massachusetts Interfaith Call for Carbon Pricing. Click here to read the call. Click here to add your name.  Clergy, lay officials and chairs of faith community committees are asked to sign.

 

Environmental Justice

Raising Up Environmental Justice: Two Major EJ Bills Filed in the 2019 Legislative Session.

 

2050 Roadmap to Zero-net Carbon in Massachusetts

2050 Roadmap Section by Section Summary Why We Need a Comprehensive and Concrete Plan; H.3983 and the Roadmap to Zero Net-carbon

 

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The Green New Deal

Getting Real About a Green New Deal, by Jason Bordoff, founding director of the Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University, in Democracy, A Journal of Ideas, March 25, 2019.

New Congress will bring a green wave on climate change, Op Ed piece by Sen. Edward J. Markey, Bosston Globe, December 17, 2018

 

Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative

Mass. IP&L letter to Gov. Baker urging strengthening of RGGI cap

 

Divest from Fossil Fuels and Reinvest in Clean Energy

To Divest or Not to Divest by Vince Maraventano, MIP&L News, June 2013

Deciding on Divestment from Fossil Fuels: From Congregations to Kitchen Tables
MIP&L Forum at Hancock Church, Lexington, May 14, 2014

Divesting from Fossil Fuel Companies; Considerations for Churches and People of Faith
Rev. Dr. Jim Antal, President MA Conference of United Church of Christ, presented at MIP&L Forum at Hancock Church, May 14, 2014

Divest from Fossil Fuels: Invest in the New Economy
Chuck Collins, Institute for Policy Studies, MIP&L Forum, May 14, 2014

Listen to Bill Moyer's Interview of Ellen Dorsey of Wallace Global Fund and Tom Van Dyk of RBS Canada, at Divest-Invest

For a good primer, read Building a Carbon-Free Equity Portfolio by the Aperio Group

Sophisticated investors can absorb the details at Responding to the Call for Fossil-fuel Free Portfolios Morgan Stanley/ESG Research, December 2013

Green Faith's Divest & Reinvest site has many faith resources

 

EPA Carbon Pollution Rules for New Power Plants

Brief supporting the Clean Power Plan filed in District of Columbia Court of Appeals in June, 2016, by the Catholic Climate Covenant,the Evangelical Environmental Network, the National Council of Churches USA, the Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life, and many other faith community friends of the court.

Anti-Carbon Pollution Rally sponsored by The Sierra Club in Boston, November 4, 2013
Listen to remarks of MA IP&L Executive Director Vince Maraventano and other community leaders on PBS' Steve Curwood's Living on Earth.

Statement in Support of Strict EPA Regulation of Carbon Pollution from New Power Plants by Vince Maraventano, MA IP&L Executive Director, at EPA Listening Session in Boston, November 4, 2013

Fighting Climate Change Caused by Power Plants (Federal and State Initiatives)
MA IP&L Educational Forum. June 2, 2013

Power Plan Carbon Standards: A Powerful Tool for Climate Action
Presentation by Rachel Cleetus, Sr. Economist, Union of Concerned Scientists, June 2, 2013

Fighting Climate Change Caused by Power Plants (State Initiatives: Coal Free MA
Presentation by Eugenia Gibbons, Environmental League of Massachusetts, June 2, 2013

Fighting Climate Change Caused by Power Plants - Next Steps to Action
Presentation by James O'Reilly, MA Interfaith Power & Light, Executive Committee, June 2, 2013

Addressing Industrial Carbon Pollution: EPA Safeguards for Power Plants
Interfaith Power & Light Fact Sheet

 

Oppose the Kinder Morgan Gas Pipeline

Read why another natural gas pipeline through Massachusetts isn't necessary.

Does Massachusetts need more fracked gas?  The "rest of the story" on the Kinder Morgan pipeline.

 

Congressional Climate Solutions Caucus

MA IP&L Sign on to USCAN Climate Solutions Caucus letter urging congressional action on climate change.

 

 

Mass. Interfaith Power & Light is a non-profit organization that provides a religious response to climate change. Our mission is to: Assist faith communities, their members and the public to decrease their carbon dioxide emissions & energy costs; educate people on why climate change is a matter of morality and justice; and advocate for policies that will lead to a sustainable future.