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Time is Running Out in the Legislative Session: Take Action Today

Time is Running Out in the Legislative Session: Take Action Today

A message from the MA Sierra Club: Bring Clean Energy And Environmental Justice Legislation To A Vote!

Dear 350 Mass Members,

The 2017-2018 Massachusetts legislative session is winding to a close. Thanks to the tireless work of hundreds of Sierra Club volunteers and others making calls and visits to state legislators, we are very close to the passage of critical bills that would boost renewable energy mandates, lower artificial barriers to solar energy, and ensure environmental justice provisions in state law.

But time is running out! Legislators only have until July 31st to vote on crucial climate and environmental justice legislation. These bills are not perfect, but if they don’t take action now, we will have to start from scratch in the 2019-2020 session. Tell your State Representative: pass these bills now!

Tell Your State Rep: Please Support Critical Climate Policies

Your task is to urge your Representatives to tell Speaker Robert DeLeo and House Ways and Means Chair Jeffrey Sánchez to strengthen these critical bills and then bring them up for a vote.

H.4575 Would increase the amount of renewable energy electric utilities are required to purchase each year. Currently Massachusetts will not be at 100% renewable energy until 2105 – that will be too late! By boosting the state Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) we can get to 50% by 2030 and be in line with New York, New Jersey & California.
H.4576 Would boost energy storage, a rapidly maturing technology that will improve the reliability of the electricity grid and deliver cost savings to Massachusetts ratepayers.
H.4577 Would increase solar net metering caps. This bill is a good start but should be strengthened. We also must restore equity in terms of who has access to solar.
H.2913 Would eliminate disparities around exposure to environmental toxins and ensure equitable access to environmental benefits.

If state legislators don’t act now, it will be another two years of inaction on state-level climate and clean energy legislation. That is unacceptable, especially with the lack of leadership coming from Washington, D.C.

Take Action for Better Climate Policies in MA!

Or better yet call them.

Thank you for supporting clean energy and environmental justice policies in Massachusetts!

Emily Norton
Chapter Director
Massachusetts Sierra Club
office: (617) 423-5775

Legislative Actions

Time critical actions:

Municipal Sustainability Checklist

We have created a municipal “sustainability checklist” that can help towns compare what they are doing with other towns, as well as get ideas and encourage collaboration. For residents, the checklist helps understand what towns are doing and not doing, as well as set priorities for local advocacy. For organizers, the checklist is an excellent tool to organize local groups around, and to build networks of people who care about sustainability.

Click here for details.