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Our Campaign for Carbon Pricing

Putting a price on carbon is the single most effective way to reduce the emissions that are causing global warming while keeping more of our energy dollars in Massachusetts, growing our own economy, and building a stronger, more reliable energy foundation based on local renewable energy.

The Massachusetts Campaign for a Clean Energy Future is a growing coalition of environmental, business, faith and civic organizations dedicated to passing carbon pricing legislation and assuring that Massachusetts continues its national clean energy leadership.

How Carbon Pricing Would Work in MA

Right now, fossil fuel companies can use the common air we all breathe as a free dumping ground for their pollution, the same emissions that are causing global warming, and the rest of us are picking up the tab in the form of increased respiratory disease, health and food costs, and extreme weather damage.  We don’t pay these costs when we buy fossil fuels, but we pay them at the doctor’s office, the grocery store, and in our insurance premiums.

In Massachusetts, carbon pricing legislation would correct this failure and help us move to an economy based on a stronger, more reliable foundation of renewable energy.  It would charge a fee to those who import fossil fuels into the state.  The fees likely would be passed on to residents and businesses, and encourage everyone to switch to lower cost alternatives.  But since no one wants to raise the overall cost of living and doing business, the revenues from those fees would be collected in a special fund and then sent directly on to residents and businesses, in the form of “rebates.”  The less anyone spent on fossil fuels, the more of the rebates they would keep.

Every year, Massachusetts sends $20 billion out of state to import the fuels that are damaging our health and environment and making us more vulnerable to climate change.  Carbon pricing legislation will help us shift to renewable energy and keep more of that money here at home, where it can grow more businesses and jobs.

Carbon pricing has been successful in countries all over the world.  Massachusetts has always been a leader when it comes to championing innovative ideas and legislation. Let’s take this opportunity to show the rest of the country that the United States can address one of the greatest threats of our time while boosting the economy.

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The Latest

A new Harvard/BU study has found that carbon pricing legislation pending in the Massachusetts legislature would result in nearly $3 billion in cumulative health benefits, with reductions in hospitalizations and deaths from respiratory and cardiovascular disease and the other improvements in health outcomes.

Watch the video and/or read the study!

Above: Over 500 people attended and more than 40 witnesses testified in support of carbon pricing at a successful committee hearing, June 20, 2017 | Read Article

January 2018

Carbon Pricing — A Key Solution to a Warming Climate
Where: Room 219, Atwater Kent Lab, 100 Institute Road, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, MA
When: Wednesday, January 31, 2018, 7:00 pm

Learn how MA state-wide carbon fee and rebate legislation will create jobs, provide better health for residents and reduce carbon emissions! Senator Mike Barrett and Representative Jen Benson will speak about the carbon pricing bills they have sponsored in the Massachusetts legislature (S. 1821 and H. 1726) followed by a panel discussion.

More Information Here!

Youth Lobby Day and Rally
Where: Front of State House, then moving to room 437
When: Tuesday, January 23rd, 10:00 am

Adding your voice to the growing number of youth activists fighting to protect our planet is the most effective way to create positive change. Youth leaders from across MA are organizing a day of action including a mosaic project, a rally, and lobbying their elected officials. Anyone under 30 interested in doing even more, consider utilizing the power of art for social change by painting a piece of our mosaic. The mosaic will be made up of over 200 cardboard tiles, contributed by concerned young constituents from across MA.

More Information Here

November 2017

Annual Massachusetts Interfaith Power & Light Meeting

Where: First Parish in Framingham, 24 Vernon St, Framingham, MA 01701
When:  Wednesday, November 1, 2017, 7:00-9:00 pm

Senator Barrett will present details about his carbon fee and rebate proposal and what you can do to help promote his bill at Massachusetts Interfaith Power & Light Forum and Annual Meeting

October 2017

September 2017

The Case for Pricing Carbon & How U.S. Businesses Can Tackle Climate Change

Where: Online webinar, sign up here
When: September 14th, 4:00 to 5:00pm ET

Join U.S. Senators Sheldon Whitehouse and Brian Schatz for a live discussion about a national carbon tax and the critical role American businesses can play in pushing Congress and the White House to address climate change.

More information here

LWVMA Climate and Energy Solutions Series,”On the Path to 100% Renewable Energy”
Speaker, Dr. Ellen Douglas, will discuss observations of our changing climate, what changes may be in the future for Boston and beyond, and plans for adapting to these changes.

Where: New England Aquarium’s Omni Theater
When: September 14, 7 pm

Additional forums are planned for Winchester Oct. 4 7 p.m., with a presentation on the Health Benefits of Carbon Pricing; Lexington Oct. 19 7 p.m., with a discussion of greening the grid; and Falmouth date and time TBD.

Reducing Emissions by Pricing Carbon: How Microsoft and Yale are leading the charge
A panel discussion on Internal Carbon Funds co-hosted by the Boston Green Ribbon Commission and Boston University

Where: Boston University, Metcalf Trustee Center on the 9th floor of 1 Silber Way
When: Thursday, September 21, 4:00-5:30 pm

This is a free event, register here 

What is Carbon Pricing? And How Can It Help MA?

Where: 46 Soule St, Middleboro, MA 02346
When: September 25th, 7:00 – 9:00 pm

Marc Breslow of ClimateXChange will explain the basics of carbon pricing and explain the Barrett and Benson bills currently in the Mass. legislative pipeline.

More information here

August 2017

Webinar with Dr. Bob Litterman

Join a webinar hosted by the League of Women Voters Price on Carbon Steering Committee and PriceonCarbon.org to learn more about pricing carbon and why scientists, economists and world leaders view pricing carbon as an essential strategy for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

When: Monday, August 28th, 1:00-2:00 pm
Where: Online Webinar, RSVP Here!

June 2017

Grassroots Summit
This is going to be the most effective space to prepare for our Day of Advocacy and get started on some exciting next step tactics, SO PLEASE ATTEND! Lunch will be provided

When: 10:00 am- 3:00 pm Saturday, June 10th
Where: Eliot Church in Newton, 474 Centre St,  Newton, MA 02458

More information here

Day of Advocacy
We will be looking to identify new supporters in the legislature and mobilize our current supporters to take action in advance of our eventual hearing date. To accomplish both goals, WE NEED YOU THERE!

When: 9:00 am, Tuesday, June 13th
Where: Meet at Old West Church 131 Cambridge St, Boston, MA 02114 at 9 am, at 9:45 am head to Statehouse for the day

More information here 

Hearing
The Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities, and Energy (TUE) will hold a hearing to consider the two pending bills that would put fees on carbon pollution, S.1821 and H.1726. Watch an all-star line-up of panelists testify on behalf of carbon pricing – we need to pack the room with supporters!

When: 1:00 pm, Tuesday, June 20th
Where: Massachusetts State House, 24 Beacon St, Boston, MA 02133

More information here 

April 2017

Boston Students Unite for Climate Action #PutAPriceOnIt
The event beings with a 1 hour screening of “Priceless” from Season 2 of Years of Living Dangerously with an expert panel following the screening and  discussion about how you can support MA Clean Energy Future and get carbon pricing passed this legislative session in Massachusetts!

When: 7:00 pm, April 12, 2017
Where: Bright Family Screening Room, The Paramount Center – Emerson College
559 Washington St, Boston, Massachusetts 02111

More information here

March 2017

Reducing Emissions by Pricing Carbon: How Microsoft and Yale are leading the charge
Learn how Microsoft and Yale are changing their organizational cultures and reducing emissions by embedding the price of carbon into their internal business practices.
This event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited.

When: Due to the weather, this event is being rescheduled. A new date and time will be announced soon.
Where: Boston University, Metcalf Trustee Center, 1 Silber Way, 9th Floor, Boston, MA 02215

More information here

CLIMATE SOLUTION – BRINGING IT HOME
2017 Citizens’ Climate Northeast Regional Conference
Can our divided nation address climate risk? Lead the new energy economy? The CCL answer is yes! Even now! Find out how!

Where: UMass Amherst Campus Center/Hotel UMass, 1 Campus Center Way, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA 01003
When: Saturday, March 18, 9:00 am – Sunday, March 19, 12:30 pm

More information here

January 2017

Years of Living Dangerously carbon pricing episode screening
Meet other activists in your community, learn about carbon pricing around the world and in MA… in an entertaining way!

When: Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Where: First Church, 6 Eliot St, Jamaica Plain

Commonwealth Conversations

The Massachusetts Senate is conducting a “listening tour” of the state, called Commonwealth Conversations – open forums where people can go and tell the Senate what’s on their mind and what they want Beacon Hill to do.

When: January 31st and on-going
Where: Regional forums, check the link below for forum schedule.

Schedule and more info

March

What: Local Environmental Action Conference
We will table and hold a workshop on carbon pricing
When: Sunday March 13th
Where: Follow this link for tickets, directions, and more information

April

What: University of Massachusetts Lowell Accelerating the Green Energy Transition Event
A panel made up of a labor representative, environmental, and business speakers
When: Wednesday, April 6th from 3:30-4:45
Where: Follow this link for tickets, directions, and more information

What: Volunteer District Representatives Grassroots Summit
Join our coalition! Come to this half day summit and learn about how you can serve as a captain and on-the-ground expert for your senate district. Lunch will be provided.
When: Saturday, April 9th from 10 am – 3 pm
Where: St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Framingham, MA
Summit registration and more information here 

What: Why Pricing Carbon is Good for your Health
A panel of environmental and health professionals present about the health benefits of reduced air pollution from a price on carbon
When: Monday, April 11th, 12:30-2 pm
Where: Salem State University Martin Luther King, Jr. Room located in the Ellison Campus Center in front of the Alumni Plaza North Campus
Find out more here.  Pizza will be provided!

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