Massachusetts

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November 1 from 8-9pm EST

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Our Climate is thrilled to support the Massachusetts Campaign for a Clean Energy Future. Within the coalition, our role is to organize students and millennials to get involved and show lawmakers that we want to #PutAPriceOnIt. Good news: Carbon pricing is gaining momentum in Massachusetts, which if passed, would make Massachusetts the first state in the USA to put a price on climate change causing pollution!

We need your help to push it over the finish line by showing up to the following events: 
  
 
Carbon Pricing Lobby Day
Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at the Massachusetts State House
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Hearing on Carbon Pricing 
Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at the Massachusetts State House Rm. 437

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If you're a student / millennial and want to get involved in #PutAPriceOnIt Massachusetts Action Team, please email our Executive Director,
Page Atcheson at page@ourclimate.us 
  
 
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See below from some talking points from our friends at Climate Action Business Association:

Carbon pricing is the most economical, cost-effective tool to reduce emissions.

  • Freedom to choose if and how they reduce carbon consumption.

  • Giving businesses the opportunity to gain competitive advantage by being first movers in an increasingly carbon-constrained world.

  • A growing number of companies are using the adoption of internal carbon pricing in order to better assess the financial benefits and risks of investing in new projects. Businesses understand that their future stock valuations are at risk due to the effects of climate change.

  • Increasing the price gradually allows markets and industries to have time to adjust and/or innovate.


Carbon pricing will harness the power of the market and stimulate economic growth.

  • Reducing carbon pollution creates a healthier community, which means a healthier economy. A carbon price would mean fewer cases of respiratory ailments like asthma and bronchitis, reductions in  heart disease and cancer, and fewer sick days from work and school.

  • Reports by the DOER and REMI, Inc. on the effects that a price on carbon would have on the Commonwealth both established that it would result in growth in employment rates and GDP.

  • Massachusetts imports all of its natural gas and oil, sending billions out of state each year. By reducing our fossil fuel consumption here, we will reduce the dollars sent out-of-state. That means more money here at home for consumers and businesses to recycle back into the local economy.


Carbon pricing will encourage innovation, clean energy, and efficiency.

  • Massachusetts has been a leader thus far in the transition from fossil fuel to renewable energy, and establishing a price on carbon is an efficient way to continue to meet our clean energy goals by incentivizing lower emissions.  

  • Massachusetts imports all of its natural gas and oil, sending billions out of state each year. By reducing our fossil fuel consumption here, we will reduce the dollars sent out-of-state. That means more money here at home for consumers and businesses to recycle back into the local economy.

  • Allows clean energy companies, which already employ more than 100,000 in the state, feel more confident of the future market for their products and workforce


Carbon pricing will help Massachusetts reach its emissions reduction mandates.

  • Massachusetts state law requires that we cut greenhouse gas emissions to 25% below 1990 levels by 2020 and to at least 80% below 1990 by 2050. At the moment, we are not on track to meet these targets, and a price on carbon is an efficient, businesses friendly way to help us reach those targets.


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