Dec 15

Spectra Pipeline Week of Respect and Resistance

20141213_120337.000206Grassroots groups from four states along the proposed route of Spectra Energy’s Algonquin Incremental Market (AIM) pipeline expansion, which cuts through New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island, have joined together to host a coordinated “Week of Respect and Resistance”, with actions from December 13 through December 19 in opposition to the project. The actions are planned in anticipation of the release of the final Environmental Impact Statement by the Federal Energy Regulatory Committee (FERC) due on or about December 19, 2014.

Here are some of the exciting things happening in Massachusetts:

  • On December 13, as part of the Week of Respect and Resistance to the Spectra Pipeline, 350Mass activists and others distributed leaflets at the Legacy Place Mall in Dedham, one of the towns along the pipeline route. There was a great response from those they encountered! Stay tuned for more campaign events in Dedham and West Roxbury soon.
  • There will be a street theater performance outside of the State Street Corporation (the second largest investor in Spectra Energy) to connect the dots between extreme energy infrastructure and those thaB42vPr4CEAAcOw0.001407t profit from it. It’s time to call out State Street for their investments in climate chaos!
    WHAT: Week of Respect and Resistance Street Theater
    WHEN: Thursday, December 18, 4pm – 5pm
    WHERE: Meet at Chinatown Park (Essex and Surface Rd, Boston) before heading to the State St headquarters down the street    
  • On Thursday, December 18, members of several New England environmental organizations organized by the Committee to Stop Spectra’s West Roxbury Lateral Pipeline will be gathering outside Spectra Energy’s New England Regional Headquarters, 890 Winter St, Waltham, to protest the Texas-based company’s plans to locate a high pressure natural gas line through a densely settled residential neighborhood. Locally, West Roxbury residents were alarmed to learn of plans to locate a portion this high pressure pipeline in a densely settled neighborhood along Centre St., near schools, a nursing home and across from blasting at the local quarry.
    WHAT: Rally at Spectra Headquarters
    WHEN:  Thursday, December 18, noon-1pm
    WHERE: Spectra Energy’s New England Regional Headquarters, 890 Winter St, Waltham
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    On Friday, December 19, delegations will meet with the staffs of Senators Markey and Warren to insist that the Senators take action against the pipeline.

Dec 12

We Just Delivered 1300+ Postcards Calling for a Ban on Tar Sands Oil!

20141211_094858On Thursday, 350 Massachusetts activists and Better Future Project staff delivered 1300+ postcards calling for a ban on tar sands oil to David Cash, Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection. He said that the DEP would make progress towards tracking tar sands oil before Governor Patrick leaves office. Tracking would allow us to know exactly how much tar sands oil is entering Massachusetts, and it’s a great first step towards a ban on tar sands oil in our state! Great work by all who have pushed for a ban on tar sands oil by collecting postcards or sending the online petition link to friends. Postcard Front - Tar Sands (1) (2)

Even as the state government works to track tar sands oil, our grassroots movement needs to continue pushing to keep tar sands — the dirtiest of all fossil fuels — out of Massachusetts. By taking action at the state and local level, we can draw a line in the sand and stiffen the spine of national leaders like President Obama. Interested in getting involved in the fight against tar sands? Consider passing a local resolution calling for a tar sands ban! If you’ve got questions or want to get involved, contact Emily Kirkland, emily@betterfutureproject.org.

Dec 11

Why New Gas Pipelines Are Not the Solution

Executive Director Craig Altemose just posted a piece on The Huffington Post about why new natural gas pipelines are not the solution to high electricity costs. Check it out here!

nantucket.png350Mass volunteer Zoe Vanderschmidt made a very cool infographic to accompany the piece. 

Dec 04

Find a #BlackLivesMatter Event Near You

1014182_187274628110457_946782098_nLast night, a Grand Jury announced that they would not be bringing charges in the death of Eric Garner at the hands of a NYPD officer. It’s time for us to stand with our allies and say: #EnoughIsEnough. Find an #BlackLivesMatter event near you here. 

Over the last few weeks, many 350Mass volunteers and Better Future Project staff have spoken out, calling on climate activists to stand in solidarity with all those demanding an end to police brutality and institutionalized racism. Read some of their reactions and responses here, and email Emily Kirkland, Emily@betterfutureproject.org if you have thoughts you’d like to share!

Nov 26

Reflecting on Ferguson and Climate Justice

to-change-everything-photo-by-pia-wardIn the wake of the Grand Jury’s decision not to indict Darren Wilson for the shooting of Mike Brown, many 350Mass volunteers and Better Future Project staff have spoken out, calling on climate activists to stand in solidarity with all those who demand an end to police brutality and institutionalized racism. There has been quite a lot of interest in creating an open space for reflecting on the events in Ferguson and the connections between climate justice and racial justice, and a series of responses and reflections is currently posted on our blog. If you have a response that you would like to share, email it to Emily Kirkland, emily@betterfutureproject.org, so that it can be posted.

Nov 19

The Senate rejected Keystone — for now. What’s next?

It’s time to mobilize against tar sands oil in Massachusetts.

Postcard Front - Tar Sands (1) (2)Last week, despite intense pressure from the fossil fuel industry, climate champions in the United States Senate kept the chamber from approving the Keystone XL pipeline by a single vote. All of us share in this victory. Celebrate it.

With a dramatic change in Senate control next January, the Senate will undoubtedly pass this measure next session, and all eyes will be on President Obama, waiting to see if he’ll veto the bill or allow the pipeline to go forward. His decision will have consequences here in Massachusetts: if Keystone goes forward, tar sands could make up nearly 18% of our liquid fuel supply by 2020.

We’ll be watching Obama as eagerly as anyone. But pressuring the President is no longer enough. Despite the millions who have spoken out, Big Oil is still calling the shots in Washington, and we can’t trust our national leaders to do the right thing.

The national scene is grim, but we have an opportunity to lead locally now. Governor Patrick has the chance to move towards a ban on tar sands in Massachusetts before he leaves office. Strong action by Patrick will help stiffen Obama’s spine and show him there is grassroots support for bold climate action.

We’re collecting thousands of offline and online petitions in the next two weeks telling Governor Patrick to ban tar sands. (Sign the postcard here — and please forward it to five friends.) We’ll deliver the postcards on December 11. And we’ll see where it goes from there: one way or another, we will keep organizing to keep the tar sands out of Massachusetts. 

Join us!

 

Nov 12

Ask Boston City Councilors to Support Divestment!

14762318113_62923a67c4_oWe’ve had victory after victory on city divestment in Massachusetts this year — but our biggest win may still be ahead of us! City Councillors Michelle Wu and Matt O’Malley are sponsoring a Boston City Council resolution in support of state divestment from fossil fuels. High schoolers from the Boston Student Advisory Council have been leading on the campaign to divest Boston, and the 350MA Boston node is now getting involved. If you’re a Boston resident, call your city councilor (look up their contact info here) and tell them to support divestment! And save the date: there’s a City Council hearing on November 17th – it’s time to pack the room with Bostonians and show our support for divestment!
WHAT: Hearing for a Boston City Council resolution in support of state divestment
WHEN: Monday, November 17, 4 pm
WHERE: Boston City Hall, Council Chamber, 5th Floor

Nov 02

Tell FERC: No New Gas in Mass!

15000229096_8b998f57e0_oFor years, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has been rubber-stamping new gas pipelines and plants, ignoring the overwhelming scientific evidence that we need to move away from fossil fuels as quickly as possible to preserve a livable climate.

Now, it’s time to stand up to FERC. From November 3-7, people are gathering at FERC’s headquarters in Washington, DC to oppose new gas infrastructure.

In solidarity, the 350 Massachusetts Climate Legacy campaign is mobilizing to submit comments to FERC opposing two new gas projects proposed for Massachusetts: the Spectra pipeline expansion and the Kinder Morgan pipeline.

By submitting hundreds of thoughtful, well-researched comments, we can help turn the tide and stop the new gas projects planned for Massachusetts.

Join us!

HOW TO SUBMIT A COMMENT 

1) Click here and enter your name, address, email address, and phone number, then hit “Authorize’.

2) FERC will send you an email. Click on the link at the bottom of the email. The link will take you to a page for submitting your comments with your name and contact information already filled in.

3) Start by inputting the docket number for the Kinder Morgan pipeline (PF14-22). Hit the button marked “Search”, then wait a moment for a response. Then, click on the blue cross in the far right column under the heading labelled “Select”.

4) Then, input the docket number for the Spectra pipeline expansion (CP14-96). Again, hit “Search” and wait a moment for a response. Then, click on the blue cross in the far right column under the heading labelled “Select”.

5) Finally, enter your comment and tell FERC why we need to stop new gas pipelines! It lets you enter up to 6000 characters. It’s best if you type up your comment before, and just copy and paste it into this box. When you’re done, hit the “enter” button on the site.

7) Fill out this form so we know how many comments have been submitted from the 350MA network!

WHAT TO WRITE

FERC is required by law to read each comment carefully and weigh the arguments for and against each project. At this stage, our primary objective is to be loud and show the strength of the grassroots movement against the pipeline.

Share personal stories about how gas pipelines will impact you, and talk about the opposition to new gas infrastructure that you’ve seen in your community!

Note: do not share specific information about your individual objections to the Kinder Morgan pipeline (such as, “the north end of my property is home to this endangered species”, etc.). The Kinder Morgan pipeline is still in the “pre-filing” stage, and it’s better to reveal such information during the “filing” stage. 

 

Nov 02

Thank Legislators for Supporting Divestment

14748401943_07bdd7f48c_o (1)Fifty state senators and representatives endorsed state divestment this year, thanks to tireless grassroots organizing all over Massachusetts! With the next legislative session right around the corner, this is a great moment to thank these legislators for their leadership. Can you send your local representative or state senator a thank you card? If they endorsed state divestment, thank them for their support; if they haven’t endorsed divestment yet, thank them for engaging with us on the issue and remind them that you look forward to their support next year. Not sure who your legislators are or how to contact them? Find out here! Not sure if your local legislator endorsed divestment? You can see the list here. If you have questions or need further guidance, contact Eli Gerzon,eli@betterfutureproject.org, or Darcy DuMont,dumont140@yahoo.com

Sample wording for a thank you card:

Dear Representative Kocot,
As Thanksgiving approaches and we think about what we are grateful for, I would like you to know how much I appreciate your support for fossil fuel divestment in the last legislative session. I look forward to your continuing support for efforts to divest the Massachusetts pension fund from fossil fuel companies, as an important step towards a clean energy future. Thank you!

 

 

Oct 31

Support a Clean Energy Standard for MA!

gov-patrick-speech-meme-3Remember the “future free of fossil fuels” speech? 
 
Back in May, Governor Deval Patrick called for a future free of fossil fuels and promised to push for a clean energy standard that would require power plants to use renewable energy first and fossil fuels only as a last resort. 
 
Now, six months later, the Patrick administration is ready to move forward. The clean energy standard could be a huge step forward for our state — but the devil will be in the details. The Patrick administration is soliciting input now, and we need to let them know that MA citizens want the clean energy standard to be as strong and comprehensive as possible. 
 
Can you send an email to climate.strategies@state.ma.us with your input about the clean energy standard? It’s particularly important to mention these key points: 

  • All utilities (including municipal utilities) should be required to comply with the standard 
  • The CES should only include wind, solar, geothermal, small-scale hydro, and other renewables as clean energy (alternatively, the Renewable Portfolio Standard should be raised) 
  • The standard should require utilities to use 100% clean energy by 2050, including strong and aggressive 2020 and 2030 targets 

  • Overall, the CES should dramatically increase the amount of clean energy available on the market and dramatically decrease climate pollution and associated public health risks 

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