67 Environmental Rules On The Way Out Under Trump And What We Can Do In Massachusetts Right Now

In his time in office, Donald Trump has mounted an attack on an environmental rule an average of once every week. Of these 67 attacks, half have been successful in overturning their targeted environmental rule or regulation.

This has put federal agencies on the defensive. They are struggling to keep their missions intact. We cannot sit by as the Trump administration works to dangerously rollback hard-won environmental protections.

That's why ELM is joining a nationwide campaign calling for Clean Energy for All.

Our national partner the League of Conservation Voters and other affiliated organizations are joining forces to push the nation towards a future powered by 100% clean energy.

We need to do more here in Massachusetts. Our state legislature is approaching the end of its session with substantial opportunities to move us in the right direction. While Donald Trump is repealing anti-dumping rules for coal companies and opening public lands to fracking, Massachusetts can show the rest of the world what leadership truly looks like. We can abolish our solar net metering cap, increase the percentage of renewable energy on our grid, and more. 

It is incredibly hopeful here. We do not need to be dragged down or defeated by the attacks on our environment taking place in Washington. We must call on the state legislature to pass key environmental measures and make progress towards a clean and sustainable future.

Join the fight for #CleanEnergyForAll. 
Urge your State Representative and State Senator to take action.

Tell your State Senator you support An Act to Promote a Clean Energy Future!

Last week the Senate Committee on Global Warming and Climate Change released a comprehensive bill that will result in a cleaner environment and robust economic growth for Massachusetts. Although we made great strides forward with the energy bill the legislature passed in 2016, we still have a long way to go. This bill will make sure that we continue to move in the right direction. 

Among other things, this bill...

  • Calls for an increase in development of offshore wind resources;
  • Increases the renewable portfolio standard, requiring energy utilities to purchase a higher percentage of their energy from renewable sources;
  • Removes the artificial “net metering” caps on solar installations, allowing the deployment of more solar panels across the state;
  • Establishes the nation’s first energy efficiency score for homes that will provide home buyers with vital information about the energy use of homes on the market.

We need to push for this bill to become law as as soon as possible. It will continue to drive the creation of jobs and reduce our carbon emissions, helping to make our air and water cleaner. Send a message to your State Senator today letting them know that you support An Act to Promote a Clean Energy Future, and they should too. 

Fight to Protect MA's Public Lands

Now is the time for action,
and we're still waiting.
Fight to preserve public lands.

In Massachusetts, our state Constitution gives us the right to a clean environment. But our treasured open spaces are not as protected as we may think.

Here at ELM, we understand the importance of protecting open space and so, along with many of our friends and allies, we have spent years advocating for the passage of the Public Lands Preservation Act (S. 2181).

This is a critical time for PLPA. We need to put pressure on the Senate to provide the bill with a favorable report. This legislation would protect our parkland by assuring that comparable land be found to replace any protected land that is lost. It will also increase the transparency and efficiency of the process. 

Call your Senator and ask them to urge Chairwoman Spilka and Vice Chair DiDomenico to promptly provide a favorable report for the PLPA. 

Learn who represents you and how to contact them.
Learn more about PLPA.

Protect the Clean Power Plan

Our nation's biggest step in the fight against climate change is under attack. The EPA's Clean Power Plan sets limits on dangerous carbon pollution from power plants and puts us on a path to meet the goals set in the Paris Climate Agreement. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is moving to destroy the Clean Power Plan by repealing critical air and climate protections.

The EPA is only accepting public comments until next April 26th.The Clean Power Plan protects both our climate and our public health. We are already seeing the effects of climate change. Now is not the time to move backwards. We are banding together with our friends at the national League of Conservation Voters to flood the EPA with comments demanding the agency continues to protect our health and our climate.