Our planet is in a true Climate Emergency. We cannot blame the others, we cannot wait for someone to fix this, we cannot ignore it. In Massachusetts we have not passed a climate-related build for a long time because they can get away with it.
Finally this year, we got an ok bill in the Massachusetts Senate, and a worse bill in the Massachusetts House. In the next week, the two bills will be reconciled in the committee before (hopefully) becoming a law. We must act to ensure the bill that comes out is the strongest one - and that it does come out. The bill can still die in the committee!
The House and Senate have each appointed three members to a conference committee to work with the main climate bills passed by each chamber, H.4933 and S.2500. (They are Reps. Golden, Haddad, and Jones, and Senators Barret, Creem, and O’Connor.)
The conference committee is limited to what is already in either H.4933 or S.2500. Such a conference is in large part a negotiation between the two chambers. Such negotiations can even cross over from one conference committee to another. They typically take place in closed session, behind a veil of secrecy.
Just like a general election is important, pushing for the better bill in the committee is important. If you live in Massachusetts, please email and call your state representative and senator to tell them you want the bill to be strong.
You can find who represents you in Massachusetts here. Then read these two phone call and email scripts for this bill under consideration
- bill breakdown and call to action from Massachusetts Climate Action Network
- bill breakdown and call to action from Massachusetts Power Forward and 350Mass
Subject: Strong climate bill
If you live in Massachusetts, please join me in this action, find your legislator, and send both the representative and the senator an email above (probably edit it slightly to make sure it matches your concerns). If you can - call them and leave a message too!
- send this post URL to your friends, colleagues, family members
The clock is ticking.