Clean Energy Bill Passes MA State Senate
Moves to House Ways and Means Next; Your Input Counts
From our friends at Mass Power Forward
Last Thursday, the Massachusetts Senate unanimously passed the most ambitious and far-reaching piece of clean energy legislation in the country (S.2545 - An Act to promote a clean energy future
). It includes key Mass Power Forward priorities: solar equity, the Renewable Portfolio Standard, a dedicated plan to act on climate change and reforms to push back on pipeline expansion.Thank your Senator for supporting this historic bill, and urge your State Representative to take action.
This victory shows the enormous public pressure to combat climate change––pressure YOU helped generate. But now we need the Massachusetts House to act, and the clock is ticking.» Tell Your State Representative:
Pass A Bold Clean Energy Bill Before July 31!
Comment Period on FERC Project Approval Process Still Open
Your Chance to Speak Out on FERC’s Pipeline Review Process!
On April 25, 2018, The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) opened a public comment period regarding how the agency carries out its own review and approval of natural gas pipeline infrastructure.
Deadline is July 25th.
If you've previously sent comments to any FERC docket that contained critique of FERC's pipeline approval process, you can send it again with a cover letter, stating that this is a previously filed comment that was not addressed at the time it was filed. This can show that people have been asking for changes to the process for years. You can file as many comments to this new docket as you like, so this could be in addition to all of the other comment methods on our FERC Review page
It essential that we seize this moment to make clear to FERC that as a federal agency it has a duty to respect the law and respect the people.
FERC is starting to show signs of listening to pressure - Norman Bay's parting comments, undertaking this review of policy, extending the deadline and now Commissioner Lafleur stating that she will consider broader climate impacts
of pipelines. There's still a long way to go, though, so don't stop now!
Eversource seeks to revive New England Access Northeast natgas pipe
Reuters Staff, June 11, 2018
New England power company Eversource Energy said on Monday it would try to push the Access Northeast natural gas pipeline expansion in New England forward again, starting with New Hampshire.
Eversource notified New Hampshire regulators that the company would submit an updated proposal to replace its agreement to purchase capacity on the proposed Access Northeast expansion.
That decision came after the New Hampshire Supreme Court in May reversed the state Public Utilities Commission’s (PUC) October 2016 decision that did not allow electric customers to pay for pipeline capacity on behalf of power generators.
Antarctica Is Melting Three Times
as Fast as a Decade Ago
By Kendra Pierre-Louis, New York Times June 13, 2018
The rate at which Antarctica is losing ice has tripled since 2007, according to the latest available data. The continent is now melting so fast, scientists say, that it will contribute six inches (15 centimeters) to sea-level rise by 2100. That is at the upper end of what the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has estimated Antarctica alone could contribute to sea level rise this century.
“Around Brooklyn you get flooding once a year or so, but if you raise sea level by 15 centimeters then that’s going to happen 20 times a year,” said Andrew Shepherd, a professor of earth observation at the University of Leeds and the lead author of the study.» Read full storyFlooding from high tides has doubled in the US in just 30 yearsBy Oliver Wilman, The Guardian UK June 6, 2018
The frequency of coastal flooding from high tides has doubled in the US in just 30 years, with communities near shorelines warned that the next two years are set to be punctuated by particularly severe inundations, as ocean levels continue to rise amid serious global climate change concerns.
Last year there was an average of six flooding days per area across 98 coastal areas monitored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (Noaa) – an all-time record. More than a quarter of these locations tied or broke their records for high tide flood days, the federal agency states in a new report.
Known as “sunny day flooding”, these events swamp streets and homes with water simply from the incoming tide, without the aid of a storm. Noaa said that in 2017 areas across the US north-east and Gulf of Mexico were worst hit, with Boston, Massachusetts, and Atlantic City, New Jersey, both experiencing 22 days of flooding, while Galveston, in Texas, was soaked on 18 different days.
WEDNESDAY — JUNE 20, 2018 — FLORENCE, MA— Hampshire-Franklin Senate Candidate Forum on Climate & Energy
Hear Jo Comerford, Steven Connor, Chelsea Kline, Ryan O’Donnell, David Morin and Dave Murphy – the Democratic primary candidates for the Senate seat formerly held by Stan Rosenberg – speak about what they would do if elected to curb greenhouse gas emissions and the worst effects of climate change.
Public Event — Hosted by Climate Action Now MA
7 PM – 9 PM
JFK Middle School, Cafeteria
100 Bridge Road
Florence, MA 01060
» Bring questions for the candidates on climate and energy policy or tweet them to #gogreenmapoli» For details, visit climateactionnowma.org
THURSDAY — JUNE 21, 2018 — WEYMOUTH, MA
— WHAT IS A HEALTH IMPACT ASSESSMENT?
The community meeting will include an open house with a brief presentation for participants to familiarize themselves with the HIA process and the proposed decision, as well as space for discussion and public input about potential health effects and concerns related to the proposed station.
We must show up to this meeting like we just remembered HOW to show up!
Public Event – Hosted by FAE – Families Against Enbridge
7 – 9pm
Abigail Adams Middle School
89 Middle Street
East Weymouth, Massachusetts 02189
JUNE 23 – 25, 2018 — WASHINGTON, DC
Our communities and our planet are in desperate need of a halt to the permitting and building of all new fossil fuel pipelines and other infrastructure.
It is time to escalate at FERC. BXE is planning three days of sharing/training, art-building and action from June 23-25, beginning the morning of Saturday the 23rd.
On June 23rd we will take part in the DC national action being organized by the Poor People’s Campaign. This will be the last of 40 days of action the PPC is organizing around the country. Following the demonstration we will gather in the late afternoon for a time of sharing, art-building and getting prepared for action at FERC and elsewhere the morning of Monday, June 25th.
MONDAY — JUNE 25, 2018 — EAST GREENBUSH, NY
Support Still Needed for Ceremonial Stone Landscape Law Suit against FERCThere’s now just over $8,000 to go to support this legal effort that can prevent damage to Indigenous sites on future projects nationwide.
Every contribution helps!