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October 2014

Dear MIP&L members and friends,

Here's What the Candidates for Governor Say
about Climate Change and the Environment

Martha Coakley & Charlie Baker

Recently the Boston Globe asked the candidates for governor to answer questions about their positions on energy and the environment. Here are a few or the answers major party candidates Martha Coakley and Charlie Baker gave:

Do you support tax credits for renewable energy?

Charlie Baker: "I will strongly encourage the clean energy innovation sector, which will have a positive benefit both for our economy and our environment."

Martha Coakley: "Yes. I believe targeted tax credits for renewable energy can provide a powerful incentive for individual consumers and businesses ...."

Do you support ballot Question No. 2 to expand the state's bottle law?

Charlie Baker: "I do not support Question 2 ..."

Martha Coakley: "Yes. I support the current ballot initiative to update Massachusetts' bottle bill to include bottled water, sports drinks, and other bottled beverages ..."

Have any environmental groups endorsed you, and can you name them?

Charlie Baker: No answer given.

Martha Coakley: "Yes. I am proud to have the endorsement of the Sierra Club and Massachusetts Clean Water Action."

For full texts of the answers given by the candidates go to www.MIPandL.org.

Please carefully consider the candidates' positions and vote on November 4th!

 

carbon taxEnvironmental Policy Issues in Massachusetts Discussed at MIP&L's 12th Annual Meeting

Presentations about Question 2 – the ballot question regarding expansion of the bottle bill; the proposed Kinder Morgan gas pipeline; and a revenue-neutral carbon tax were the focus at MA IP&L's 12th annual meeting at Temple Beth Elohim in Wellesley.

According to Michelle Surka, passage of Question 2 will prevent 1.2 billion plastic and glass containers from entering the waste stream – enough to fill Fenway Park. This will save 6,890 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent. That's like taking 1,274 cars off the road for an entire year. For more details click here.

MIP&L's own Jim O'Reilly provided needed insight into the proposed construction of the Kinder Morgan gas pipeline from the NY border across Massachusetts to Dracut. The study recommending it, modeled only a future "high demand scenario" for natural gas. It failed to model a "a low demand scenario" which would fully account for measures to reduce energy use through efficiency and increased use of renewable energy like wind power from the fully approved Cape Wind project when operational. For more, see Jim's presentation by clicking here.

Dan Gatti, Executive Director of the Climate XChange, said that a bill proposing a revenue-neutral carbon tax is expected to be filed by State Sen. Michael Barrett of Lexington in January. Dan believes that such a bill is the best way to enable Massachusetts to reach its carbon dioxide reduction goals, goals supported by both of the major party candidates. Because all taxes would be rebated, to citizens and businesses, it is a mechanism that has considerable bipartisan support. For more on studies showing the positive effects of such a tax on the economy of Massachusetts which imports all the fossil fuels we use, go to: www.mipandl.org/advocate.html.

Rabbi Katy Allen, founder of the Jewish Climate Action Network, George Bachrach, President of the Environmental League of Massachusetts and Cindy Luppi, New England Director of Clean Water Action received awards for their leadership on climate change. Rabbi Allen conducts many of the worship services for her congregation May 'an Tikvah outside in nature, and has coalesced the Jewish community in Massachusetts to tackle climate change. George Bachrach and ELM have consistently fought to restore the MA funding for environmental agencies back to 1% of the total budget, and has highlighted the fact that bolder action will be needed if Massachusetts is to reach its goals under the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2008. According to Vince Maraventano of Mass Interfaith Power & Light, "Cindy Luppi possesses unparalleled abilities to work effectively with other environmental organizations, and to marshal environmental bills through the legislature." Cindy was given MIP&L's Rachel Carson Award.

 

EPA Energy Star for Congregations Director Jerry Lawson to Speak in MA on Monday November 3d.

Energy Management for Seminaries
and Large Houses of Worship

Monday November 3, 2014 – 9am to 2pm
Andover Newton Theological School
210 Herrick Road, Newton Centre, MA 02459

GreenFaith in collaboration with Massachusetts Interfaith Power & Light is hosting an Energy Management Seminar for those involved in managing large religious facilities and their energy systems. Learn about efficiency rebates and incentives and advanced conservation and efficiency strategies. Network with others to share challenges, ideas and solutions! This seminar is for Facility Managers, Sustainability Directors, CFO's and everyone involved in energy management.

SPEAKERS:

  • Jerry Lawson, Director, US EPA ENERGY STAR for CONGREGATIONS
  • NGrid & NStar representatives on incentives and rebates for religious facilities in MA
  • Colby May, Certified Energy Manager – Founder of LIT Consultants
  • Rev. Fletcher Harper – Executive Director, GreenFaith

COST: $50 per person, or $75 total for multiple representatives of any one institution.
To register contact Colby May at colby@consultlit.com.

Act Today! Still Time to Attend MIP&L Energy Efficiency SHOW workshops in MA and NH

SHOW

November 8: First Baptist Church, Worcester. Register here.

November 15: Plymouth Congregational Church, Plymouth, New Hampshire.
Register here.

autumn forest

REFLECTION OF THE MONTH

When I am among the trees,
especially the willows and the honey locust,
equally the beech, the oaks and the pines,
they give off such hints of gladness,
I would almost say that they save me, and daily.

I am so distant from the hope of myself,
in which I have goodness and discernment,
and never hurry through the world
but walk slowly, and bow often.

Around me the trees stir in their leaves
and call out, "Stay awhile."
the light flows from their branches.

And they call again, "It's simple they say,
"and you too have come
into the world to do this, to go easy, to be filled
with light, and to shine."

Mary Oliver
Thirst

 

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Peace and blessings,

Your friends at MIP&L

 

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