Carbon Pricing Lobby Day

More than 40 carbon pricing advocates filled the halls of the State House on May 11, 2016.

We met with our Senators and Representatives, thanking those who have already endorsed the policy and urging those still on the fence to pledge their support. The legislators and their staffers made it clear that S. 1747 has gained much visibility and many legislators are now well versed on the bill. The State House buzzed for hours with talk of carbon pricing, and overall it was a hugely successful and energizing day.

Carbon pricing advocates before heading off to their Senators’ and Representatives’ offices.

Climate XChange Acting Executive Director Marc Breslow preps attendees on the economics of S.1747.

Campaign for a Clean Energy Future Hosts a Series of Carbon Pricing Forums

The Carbon Pricing Forum in Arlington this past December was part of a series of educational events hosted by the Campaign for a Clean Energy Future, a coalition working towards carbon pricing in Massachusetts. Climate XChange is one of the founding members of the coalition.

Check out this video of the forum covered by Arlington Public News, featuring our Acting Executive Director Marc Breslow and our Board VP Susanna Badgley Place.

48 Legislators Urge Joint Committee Chairs to Support Carbon Pricing

It is extremely rare to get nearly 1/4 of the legislature to sign onto a cause, so we were thrilled when our hard work paid off and we accumulated 48 signatures in the legislature.

The sign-on letter begins —

“We’re writing to respectfully urge that the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities & Energy report out with a favorable recommendation Senate Bill 1747, An Act Combatting Climate Change, imposing a price on carbon emissions…”

Click here to read the full letter and find out which Senators and Representatives are calling for carbon pricing.

Overwhelming Support at the TUE Committee Hearing

Carbon pricing supporters packed a hearing room on October 27 – and more were standing outside waiting to get in – to hear more than 30 witnesses tell the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy why its members should support carbon pricing legislation.  The witnesses strongly supported S.1747, “An Act Combatting Climate Change,” sponsored by Senator Mike Barrett and 45 co-sponsors (summary and copy of the bill below).  Also up for consideration was S.1786, “An Act to protect our environment and reduce the carbon footprint of the commonwealth,” sponsored by Senator Marc Pacheco (summary and copy of the bill below).

Senator Michael Barrett testifies to the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy in support of his bill, S.1747.

Senator Michael Barrett testifies to the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy in support of his bill, S.1747.

Senator Barrett, several co-sponsors, economists and other policy experts, and leaders from the business and investment, faith, environmental, and civic group communities, all told the committee that carbon pricing was the single most effective way to simultaneously reduce greenhouse gas emissions and strengthen the economy.  While emissions in the electricity sector are already covered through the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) and therefore not included in S.1747, the bill addresses the remaining 80 percent of carbon emissions that currently can be dumped for free in the air we all breathe.

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Ann Berwick, Former Chair, Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities and Undersecretary for Energy, Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs

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Scott Nystrom, Senior Economist, Regional Economic Models Inc. and Marc Breslow, Ph.D., Economist and Co-Director, Climate-Xchange

See testimony from business leaders, clergy, civic groups, and environmental groups

Business leaders and Investors

Tedd Saunders, Saunders Hotel Group

John Nunnari, American Inst. Architects MA

Jorge Colmenares, formerly Exxon Mobil and JP Morgan Oil/Gas

John Harper, Birchtree Capital

Chris Woodward, Breckenridge Capital

David Miller, Managing Director, Clean Energy Venture Group

Julia Fox Gorte, Pax World Fund

Susan Labandibar, President,Tech Networks

Roger Freeman, President, Solventerra

JJ Bartlett, Fishing Partnership Support Services

Clergy

Rev. Reebee Girash, UCC, Eliot Church

Rev. Stephen Ayres, Episcopal, Old North Church

Rabbi Katy Allen, Jewish Climate Action Network

Rev. Ray Selker, Roman Catholic, St. Anthony’s Shrine

Vince Maraventano, MA Interfaith Power & Light

Civic Groups

Phil Reason, Community-Labor United

Launa Zimmaro, League of Women Voters

Dan Gatti, MA League of Environmental Voters

Environmental Advocacy Groups

Nancy Goodman, Vice President for Policy, Environmental League of Massachusetts

Cindy Luppi, New England Director, Clean Water Action

John Rogers, Union of Concerned Scientists

Bob Tumposki, 350 Massachusetts

Cathy Buckley, President, MA Sierra Club

Jessica Langerman, President, Climate XChange

Bonni Widdoes, Board member, Climate Xchange