December 27, 2019

 
 
 
 
Greetings!
Thank you for a great 2019!

As another year closes, we are so grateful for your commitment to protecting our environment, our natural areas, our health, and our friends and neighbors from the threat and abuses of the fossil fuel industry and its unnecessary infrastructure projects. Over the last six years, we have gone from stopping huge interstate fracked gas pipelines, to fighting smaller fracked gas infrastructure projects consistently arising in their wake while also helping people save money by saving energy in their homes.

During our seventh year, No Fracked Gas on Mass will be building on this years’ success of our EE Pittsfield program. This past summer, through door to door outreach in Pittsfield’s downtown neighborhoods, we connected hundreds of residents to energy efficiency programs through MassSave, Berkshire Community Action Council and the Solar Access program administered by the Center for Eco Technology. In 2020, we’ll be extending EE Pittsfield to working directly with the City of Pittsfield through MassSave’s Municipal Partnership Program - helping connect moderate income households, small businesses, and renters and landlords to all the benefits of our state’s energy efficiency programs. This work, combined with assisting in state-wide initiatives for municipal action on building codes, gas bans and other local by-laws, public health advisories on the effects of fracked gas infrastructure, and assisting and informing community members facing new infrastructure proposals remains the core of our mission.

And it’s your help that keeps us going!
Every effort counts, whether showing up for events, rallies, and hearings, making the effort to write to our representatives at all levels of government and regulatory agencies, and continuing to pound the drum via your tireless communications across email, social media, on the telephone, and in person. –  Without your efforts would never have been able to achieve what we have achieved together in the past six years! And we have achieved great things, all while operating on a shoestring budget.

So we write with deep gratitude, and also a plea:
Please be generous by sending an end-of-year donation
of whatever size you can manage.


Whether it’s $5 or $5,000, we appreciate your help so much! 
And don’t forget, you can keep sending your support all year
by setting up a monthly donation as well.


Your ongoing support enables us to keep our watchdogging eyes on the horizon and our ears to the ground.


With heartfelt thanks from the
No Fracked Gas in Mass Team,

Rosemary Wessel
Logan Malik
and Jake Laughner



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Mass Attorney General Maura Healey Calls out ISO New England: Shape Massachusetts' Clean Energy Future

Tell ISO New England that you want rules to promote affordable clean energy, healthy communities, and climate protection.
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New England’s energy system is more expensive and more polluting than it should be. Whether our energy system uses clean energy or fossil fuels matters. Dirty fossil fuels cost Massachusetts residents more in pollution, health harms, and climate impacts. I am calling on ISO New England to adopt energy market rules that promote affordable clean energy, healthy communities, and climate protection.

EVENTS
WEDNESDAY — JANUARY 8, 2020 — ONLINE

Gas Ban Webinar from MCAN, 3rd in our Gas Ban series: Webinar to continue the conversation on how communities can introduce gas ban bylaws, what the process looks like at the state level, and what activists across MA can do to get involved. Our speakers will be Cambridge City Councilor Quinton Zondervan and Werner Lohe, Brookline co-petitioner and lawyer.Free public event. Hosted by Massachusetts Climate Action Network

7PM – 8PM
Online


» RSVP here     

WEDNESDAY — JANUARY 29, 2020 — BOSTON, MA

—  Intergenerational Multi-Partner Multi-Bill Lobby Day. In a year of unprecedented youth climate action, our legislators must hear directly from us exactly what we need to secure a livable planet. Join forces with leaders from across MA on 1/29/20 to ask our representatives to pass science-based, equitable climate policy.

Join Our Climate, Citizen’s Climate Lobby, the Sunrise Boston, Boston Climate Strikes, MASSPIRG, Clean Water Action and more as we hold our representatives accountable for the legislation that will protect our future:

– Rep Benson’s Carbon Fee and Rebate Bill (H.2810)
– Rep. Garballey’s 100% Renewables Bill (H.2836)
– Rep. Meschino’s 2050 Roadmap Bill (H.3983), and
– Rep Miranda’s Environmental Justice Bill (H.761)
Then, complete our RSVP form so we can help you maximize your impact and meet with your legislator. Direct any questions to Our Climate’s New England Field Coordinator eben@ourclimate.us

9 AM – 5 PM
Massachusetts State House
24 Beacon Street
Boston, MA 02108

» RSVP form
» Facebook event page


• Many more events on the No Fracked Gas in Mass Events page



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