Currently the 350Mass Metrowest Node has two main working groups:
Fossil Fuel Divestment:
The fossil fuel industry profits from wrecking the planet, receives billions in subsidies, and funds climate change denial. The industry also continues to explore new fossil fuel resources despite the fact that it has five times the reserves that are safe to burn if we want to prevent catastrophic global climate change. The goal of the Divestment Campaign is to remove the political legitimacy from the fossil fuel industry, including efforts to remove fossil fuel companies from institutional endowments, organizational investments, and public employee retirement trust funds.
Fair Carbon Pricing:
Adding a cost to carbon emissions will reduce their consumption and accelerate the transition to an economy based on renewable energy. Emissions from fossil fuels are not included in their costs. At its most basic, a carbon tax addresses the climate crisis by penalizing fossil fuels based on the carbon dioxide emissions burned into the atmosphere. A price on carbon that is progressive and fair has been successful in British Columbia and Europe and should be adopted in Massachusetts. 350Mass supports the two carbon pricing bills currently that have been filed in the Massachusetts legislature. Senate bill S1747 describes “fee and dividend” pricing. S1785 summarizes a tax which returns 80% of revenue to residents. 350Mass is part of a coalition of organizations advocating the adoption of fair carbon pricing.
Methane is an even stronger greenhouse gas than CO2. Yet gas is still promoted as an “alternative’ fuel. 350Mass is working to help dispel that myth. Keystone XL is only one of many new pipelines being proposed by the pipeline industry. The Spectra pipeline in Eastern Mass and the Kinder Morgan gas pipeline in Western Mass, and the Salem gas plant are the three most urgent targets. We will also working to promote renewables, energy efficiency and conservation and fix gas leaks in order to reduce or eliminate the need for fossil fuel-based energy.