ACTION ITEM: Carbon Pricing Hearing and Commonwealth Conversations Event

FOCUS: The Environment & Clean Energy
GOAL: Show your support and increase legislative support for S.1821 and H.1726 – the two bills for carbon pricing here in Massachusetts
DEADLINE: Events are Tuesday, June 20th




Energy experts will testify before the Senate Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities, and Energy. Beacon Hill decision-makers will be keeping an eye on the hearing. In part, they’ll be gauging the level of grassroots support for carbon pricing. That’s where you come in. If you’re able to show up and help us pack the hearing room, that would go a long way toward showing Massachusetts legislators that we mean business about clean air, water, and energy. (You can even bring signs if you like – could be a great photo opp!)

Do you want to show the rest of the world — and the president — that Massachusetts stands ready to lead on climate action? Then come to the State House on the 20th and show your support!

The hearing will take place from 1:00 to 5:00 pm here:
Massachusetts State House
24 Beacon St
Boston, MA 02133

To get to Gardner Auditorium:

  1. Approach the General Hooker entrance from Beacon Street.
  2. Proceed through the General Hooker Entrance.
  3. Pass through the security checkpoint.
  4. Take a right down the hallway.
  5. Take the elevator on the left down to Floor GA.
  6. Exit the elevator. Gardner Auditorium is directly ahead of you.

If you’re planning on coming, we’d love for you to RSVP here as part of the Action Together team. 

Can’t make it into Boston? No worries – you can still take part:

  1. Call your legislators and let them know you support Massachusetts signing on to the Paris Agreement and you support carbon pricing bills S.1821 and H.1726.
  2. Use our super easy campaign page to email your legislators.



From the event website:

“The Senate Committee on Global Warming and Climate Change wants to hear your thoughts on clean energy and climate. We will be holding hearings in nine regions throughout Massachusetts, from the Berkshires to the Cape, to give our constituents an organized opportunity to voice their opinions on energy issues, climate change and the legislation they want to see from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Step up to the microphone and let us know what’s on your mind.

This tour is an answer to thousands of constituent conversations, calls and emails concerning the health and future of our local communities; our state; our country; and our world as a whole. We want your collective voices to ring throughout the legislature as we craft policy. Bring your friends, bring your neighbors! We look forward to hearing from you.​​​”

Visit the Danvers Clean Energy Tour Event Main Web Page for more information, and to quickly and easily send emails and/or tweets to the event organizers. (This is a great way to share your stories and ideas if you aren’t able to attend the event in person, but it’s also not a bad idea to send your written testimony along even if you do plan to be there.)

This event will take place at 6pm at here:

Essex Agricultural and Technical High School
565 Maple St
Danvers, MA 01923



We must not allow ocean temperatures to rise more than 2 degrees from where they are today. If we can stay under that limit, Earth’s climate can gradually recover and become stable again.

To meet this 2 degree limit, we must curtail our use of carbon-rich energy: fossil fuels. The most promising strategy to limit our use – one that has bipartisan support – is with carbon pricing. By raising the price on carbon-emitting products to reflect the true cost to society and future generations, we can understand the effect our actions have on the climate and we can adapt accordingly.

S. 1821 is a bill in the Massachusetts State Senate that calls for a revenue-neutral carbon pricing policy. Carbon-emitting products would be taxed to reflect their true cost, and proceeds from the tax would be returned to residents and businesses as a uniform dividend to offset the increased costs. Many State Senators have already co-sponsored the bill.

State Representatives can also co-sponsor the Senate bill. A similar House bill, H. 1726, has passed its co-sponsorship deadline and is being considered with the Senate bill. The bills are similar, though H. 1726 sets aside 20% of the carbon tax revenue for a green infrastructure bank. Both bills should be supported and the differences can be reconciled upon passage by their representative arms.



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