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.
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…”
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 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.
Click below for full-text (PDF version) of each witness testimony.
Energy/Climate Policy Expert
Authors of 2014 Department of Energy Resources study, “Analysis of a Carbon Fee or Tax as a Mechanism to Reduce GHG Emissions in Massachusetts”
Success of carbon pricing in other states and nations
Business leaders and Investors
Tedd Saunders, Saunders Hotel Group
David Miller, Managing Director, Clean Energy Venture Group
JJ Bartlett, Fishing Partnership Support Services
Rev. Ray Selker, Roman Catholic, St. Anthony’s Shrine
Phil Reason, Community-Labor United
Environmental Advocacy Groups
Nancy Goodman, Vice President for Policy, Environmental League of Massachusetts
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