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URGENT: PUSH FOR GOOD CLIMATE BILLS NOW

URGENT: PUSH FOR GOOD CLIMATE BILLS NOW

TOMORROW PUSH FOR GOOD CLIMATE BILLS
As part of the Mass Power Forward coalition, we are sharing the latest-breaking information below with all the details. Your participation – a call, email, or social media post to your state Rep – is needed TOMORROW (Thursday, July 29).
Put on your hero cape and help save the planet!


Find Your Legislator: 
https://malegislature.gov/search/findmylegislator


Mass Power Forward ACTION GUIDE
Recruit your legislator to co-sponsor AMENDMENTS For Environmental Justice, 100% Renewable Energy and more

Click here to follow live updates with ClimateXChange’s Tim Cronin

ACTION GOAL: Get your legislator to co-sponsor important amendments to the climate bill rapidly.

Urgency: TODAY, The House released a climate bill. We will only have one day to gather co-sponsors for our amendments. The timing is hard because once the climate bill is released we have to 1) read it and see what is missing 2) activate sponsors for amendments 3) gather co-sponsors for those amendments.

Outcomes we prioritize

  • Environmental Justice – Include communities impacted by climate change and fossil fuel pollution as participants in crafting new, equitable policy
  • 100% Renewable Energy – Set an ambitious goal to equitably reach 100% renewable electricity by 2035 and 100% renewable energy for heating and transportation by 2045
  • Equitable Investment in Green Infrastructure – Use mechanisms such as equitable carbon pricing or the transportation climate initiative to invest today to create the future we want

Bill Summary
On Wednesday, July 29, the Massachusetts House of Representatives released their version of the MA Senate’s Next Generation Climate bill that passed earlier this year. However, this bill is significantly different from the original Senate version. This new bill, H.4912, most closely resembles Rep. Meschino’s roadmap bill, but there are some substantial changes worth noting.

What’s included in this bill:

  • Emissions targets for 2030 and 2040, which require the state to reduce emissions by 50% and 75% below 1990 levels respectively.
  • A commitment to a statewide net zero emission target by 2050.
  • Establishes a “clean energy equity workforce and market development program” within the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC).
  • Creates a low-income home retrofit task force to make recommendations to the energy efficiency advisory council to increase access to energy efficiency and electrician programs for low income residents.
  • Establishes a greenhouse gas reporting standard for Municipal Light Plants (MLPs) that requires 50% non-emitting energy by 2030, 75% non-emitting energy by 2040, and net zero emissions by 2050. “Non-emitting” is broadly defined.
  • Various improvements around net metering and the SMART solar incentive program
  • Establishes a future utility grid commissions to make recommendations to better connect renewable energy and storage to the grid.

What’s missing:

  • No commitment to 100% renewable energy or changes to the RPS.
  • No inclusion of environmental justice language.
  • No commitment than monies raised by a market-based compliance mechanism (e.g. carbon pricing or TCI) will be prioritized for low income or EJ communities.

Other proposed changes:

  • Take Action Faster: This bill gives the DPU until the end of 2023 to issue regulations around the 2030 and 2040 emissions targets. We propose that this deadline be pushed up until no later than June 2022.

The Amendment List with Numbers – FINALIZED 5:26pm on Wednesday

For our core outcomes Amendment # Lead Sponsor
Environmental Justice #52 Rep. Madaro
100% Renewable Energy 1 : Clean Electricity Implementation #31 Rep. Decker
100% Renewable Energy 2: Heating and Transportation Clean Energy Transition $46 Rep. Decker
Equitable Investment 1: Investing in Working & Environmental Justice Communities #56 Rep. Robinson
Equitable Investment 2: Prioritizing Rebates to Massachusetts low- and moderate- income Families #6 Rep. Driscoll
For Cleaning Up the Bill as it relates to our Vision
Accelerating Emission Target Deadlines #62 Rep. Sabadosa
Clarification of Indirect Emissions (landfill emissions, gas leaks, agricultural sector) #17 Rep. Rogers
Indirect Emissions Analysis #81 Rep. Rogers
Definition of Non-Carbon Emitting #21 Rep. Erhlich

Sample Email
Dear Rep. ___________

As your constituent, I want to thank you for your leadership on supporting aggressive climate legislation.   I am emailing with the Mass Power Forward coalition which has 3 priorities:  environmental justice, 100% clean and renewable energy for all, and equitable investments through carbon pricing.  We urge you to co-sponsor the following amendments to H.4912 An Act setting next-generation climate policy

#52 Environmental Justice (Madaro)
#31 Clean Electricity Implementation (Decker)
#46 Heating and Transportation Clean Energy Transition (Decker)
#56 Investing in Working & Environmental Justice Communities (Robinson)
#6 Prioritizing Rebates to Massachusetts low- and moderate- income Families (Driscoll)
#62 Accelerating Emission Target Deadlines (Sabadosa)
#17 Clarification of Indirect Emissions (Rogers)
#81 Indirect Emissions Analysis (Rogers)
#21 Definition of Non-Carbon Emitting (Ehrlich)

Sincerely,
[Name]


Sample Call Script
Hi, my name is [ first name], and I live in [town/city].   I am with a broad coalition of environmental groups called Mass Power Forward and we’re calling about climate legislation, specifically, H.4912 An Act setting next-generation climate policy and amendments that have been filed to that bill.   I sent an email to your office with the amendment numbers that achieve our goals of Environmental Justice, 100% clean and renewable energy for all, and creating equitable investments through carbon pricing.

***If you are talking to staff:  If there is a staff email that I can CC, please let me know what it is so I can forward the list.***

As a constituent, I ask that you co-sponsor these important climate justice amendments.
Have a nice day/night!


Sample Social Media Post
Twitter and facebook are excellent alternative ways to get your Representative’s attention! Especially if their voicemail is full.

First, Find your legislator’s social media accounts here: https://www.progressivemass.com/ma_legislators_contact

Second, using the sample email/call script- write a short post from the heart and tag your legislator.

Dear @ legislator Please co-sponsor amendments to the climate bill for Environmental Justice, 100% renewable energy and equitable investment. These amendments are core to the future we need now.

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.