"Ultimately, organizers want to advance the discussion around what sort of actions will be required to move the state off of fossil fuels, [Sue] Hughes-Smith says. Some of the efforts will be legislative; others will be technical, such as identifying realistic targets for wind or solar power development, she says.
'There is a solution,' says Hughes-Smith. 'We can do this.'"
Mother Out Front Renu Bostwick of Bedford is working with her team to push their town toward Net Zero Planning. Read her article for The Bedford Citizen.
A terrific recap of the Gas Leaks campaign in Boston that launched in December 2016. Click the link below to find out how all the work by HEET and local Mothers Out Front teams has paid off.
Moms take the mic and raise the stakes at the RTO public forum:
"The forum’s 150 attendees were mostly industry stakeholders, regulators and RTO officials. But there was also a three-woman contingent from Mothers Out Front, a climate change activist group, who pressed RTO planners on the region’s continued reliance on fossil-fueled generation. Carol Chamberlain, of Arlington, Mass., raised concerns about methane leaks in the natural gas supply chain. Randi Soltysiak, of Somerville, Mass., criticized the RTO’s plan for not shifting more heavily to carbon-free sources."
In Massachusetts, "the Gas Leaks Allies — a coalition of 21 environmental groups, researchers, legal and policy experts, health professionals, labor unions, community organizations, and MOTHERS — are ready to help..." the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) "find manageable ways to measure and monitor methane emissions so we can establish dramatic but achievable goals." #TogetherWeCanDoThis
"Mothers with kids turned out in Waltham, MA to say 'thank you' to those from National Grid who partnered with Mothers Out Front in a first-of-its-kind pilot study aimed at fixing the larger gas leaks from underground pipes in the most effective ways possible."
"Audrey Schulman, president of Home Energy Efficiency Team (HEET), said a recent study by Harvard and Boston universities showed about 2.7 percent of the gas that was supposed to reach consumers in Massachusetts escaped into the atmosphere through leaks. Schulman said the impact of that much methane, which she called “a greenhouse gas on steroids,” is equivalent to the emissions from all of the state’s stores and businesses.
Schulman said another study showed the majority of the emissions came from a small percentage of the gas leaks. HEET has been working with the utility companies and another group, Mothers Out Front, in hopes of finding these particularly bad leaks."
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Bedford, MA: "If you are concerned about climate change and what the future holds for your children and grandchildren, Mothers Out Front wants to tell you more about Net Zero planning and Community Choice Aggregation, two tools that our town can use to make a difference."
Click the link in the article below to find out about meetings you can attend in August!
Rapid response from Mother Out Front communications team; Nina Dillon writes a Letter to the Editor in response to the Kendall Square, Cambridge gas leaks causing 5,000 evacuations:
Only two meetings so far for Mothers Out Front New Hampshire and they're already in print!