A new coalition called Massachusetts Power Forward is launching today with the goal of pushing the legislature towards clean energy solutions and away from more dependence on fracked gas:
The coalition, which includes more than 90 environmental organizations, community groups, small businesses and religious congregations, kicked off today with simultaneous press conferences in Peabody, Weymouth, Boston, Holyoke, Pittsfield, and Fall River. The coalition is advocating for clean energy across the Commonwealth and educating elected officials now evaluating several important energy bills. A major legislative hearing on energy is scheduled for September 29.
“This is not just about coal, but about a total clean energy economy. It’s time to fuel the local economy with local fuel,” said David Dionne of Westport. “We have tremendous renewable resources here; we need simply to access them. If we do it right down here by capturing solar and offshore wind in Southeast Mass, we win for everyone all over the state: they won’t need big new gas pipelines to power the grid. Even further out, people in Pennsylvania fighting the fracked gas fight can keep their land and water safe. Isn’t everyone these days a ‘local food’ fan? How about local power?”
The new coalition, Mass Power Forward, says over 90 groups have endorsed its platform, which calls for energy policy that:
1. Advances Massachusetts toward a safer and healthier economy powered by local, clean, renewable sources, maximizing energy efficiency, responsibly sited solar, wind on and off-shore and energy storage and keeping us on track to reduce our climate change pollution by no less than 80% by 2050;
2. Reduces our dependence on polluting energy sources such as coal, oil, gas and nuclear, and frees our power grid from imported fuels, volatile markets and dangerous power generation facilities;
3. Prioritizes neighborhoods, families and our public lands over utility monopolies and the polluting energy industry; and prohibits public subsidies for gas pipelines or other new fossil fuel infrastructure;
4. Modernizes our power grid and empowers everyday people to access locally generated power;
5. Assists workers and communities with retiring power plants to participate in the benefits of the green economy and clean energy transition.
Massachusetts Power Forward’s membership list already looks vastly stronger than the pathetic paid polluter front groups that have popped up in the last year as the oil & fracked gas industries try to convince legislators to subsidize new & expanded fracked gas pipelines.