Cosponsors needed for new climate bills
Lawmakers are proposing over two dozen climate protection bills for the new legislative session, and the deadline for getting cosponsors is Friday. Please call your state rep and senator today and ask them to cosponsor at least one of these bills (you choose which you want to prioritize). You can find them at https://malegislature.gov/Search/FindMyLegislator.
Our picks are:
“Make the utilities pay” (Rep. Barber, HD2253 / Sen. Eldridge, SD1113). This would make gas utilities – not us – pay for the gas their old pipes are leaking. This is crucial. Just 7% of the leaks are emitting half of all the gas. The utilities could cut emissions in half from these super-climate-changing methane leaks and bring down greenhouse gases in Boston fast, but they want to delay repairs up to five years. Making them pay can change their priorities.
Solar Access for All. HD3418/SD841 An Act relative to solar power in environmental justice and urban communities (Rep. Holmes / Sen. Chang-Diaz) ensures that low-income communities can get a fair price for community shared solar, and much more.
Environmental Justice. HD3117/SD1956 An Act relative to environmental justice and toxics reduction in the Commonwealth (Rep. Dubois / Sen. Eldridge) says all people have a right to live in and enjoy a clean and healthful environment.
Accelerating Renewable Energy. HD2157/SD1632 An act relative to solar power and the green economy (Rep. Mark / Sen. Eldridge) and HD2103/SD1372 An Act to Increase the RPS and Ensure Compliance with the GWSA (Rep. Khan / Sen. Pacheco) double or triple the Renewable Portfolio Standard, the amount of new renewable energy the utilities must buy every year. This way Massachusetts can actually meet its climate change goals.
Stop those new pipelines. HD2527/SD1674 An Act protecting ratepayers from gas pipeline expansion costs (Sen. Jehlen / Rep. Gordon) would make sure we can’t be forced to subsidize new interstate pipelines. HD3204/SD1727 An act clarifying authority and responsibilities of the department of public utilities (Rep. Kulik / Sen. Eldridge) would help us intervene at the DPU and hold local distribution gas contracts to high standards regarding the capacity they are allowed to buy.
Community Empowerment. HD75 (Rep. Haddad), SB1294 (Sen. Cyr), and SD2049 (Sen. Pacheco) would allow cities to buy electricity directly from renewable project developers and sign long-term contracts that stabilize prices for the cities’ ratepayers. This could mean more solar and wind projects get built.
Taking Health Into Account. HD 3239 An Act Relative to the Energy Facilities Siting Board (Rep. Coppinger) requires the Siting Board to include public health impact assessments when it decides where to put pipelines, compressor stations, and other energy projects – and it adds the MA Commissioner of Public Health to the Siting Board.
If these bills weren’t really important we wouldn’t be asking you support them!