Rainy, raw day. I ran late, hoofed it fast over to the Hill. I didn’t have any guests today, so it was Joyce, Victoria and I yucking it up 🙂
I didn’t have too much to say in today’s note, all the vinegar was taken out of me this morning after seeing the news from Syria. I printed out an article about the 74 MA Conservation Commissions that recently signed a letter to Gov. Baker asking him to, among other things, stop supporting the gas pipelines. Weymouth’s ConCom signed, that you can be sure of, read the letter here. I also included one of my favorite sections from the FAS Updates Facebook Note: “Doesn’t MA need the gas?” This section keeps growing and growing as more studies find MA and New England do not need the gas.
Here is the section, with easy to follow links:
DOESN’T MA NEED THE GAS?
Short story: No. http://bit.ly/NoPipe2016
There’s false narrative that there’s an energy crisis in MA and that we will get the gas running through the pipes and compressors – which “will lower our gas bills”. The only people saying this are the energy companies that will stand to make money from these natural gas projects. Spectra wants to lock us all into natural gas for decades with this new infrastructure, when we could be investing and building renewables and energy storage.
Also- if we fixed existing gas leaks in our state, we could save money AND gas! http://bit.ly/FixLeaksFirst
“Gas crisis” in New England? Nope. Links to studies and news articles below:
- UNH Research Finds Increased Energy Use Not Needed to Grow Economy http://bit.ly/UNHgasStudy
- New England’s Shrinking Need for Natural Gas http://bit.ly/SynapseStudyNoGas
- 2016 Energy Analysis Series Part I: The Case Against Gas Pipelines, There’s Too Much Risk and Not Enough Need http://bit.ly/AcadiaGasStudy
- The AGO’s study: Power System Reliability in New England (study conducted upon request of the MA AGO) http://bit.ly/AGOgasStudy
- “Anytime a fossil fuel company tells you they’ve got your best interests at heart, grab your wallet.” And “Even the Baker administration concedes that energy demand is expected to remain flat in coming years, but points to “peak usage” as the area of concern. What this means is that for about 10 days per year – the coldest winter days when Massachusetts residents are using more natural gas than usual for both heating their homes and powering their electricity – there may be a shortfall in natural gas which could cause a spike in price.Building a $6.6 billion pipeline to cover these few days of possible shortages is like putting an addition on your home for the few weekends a year when your in-laws come to visit, rather than putting them up for a few days in a nearby hotel.” http://bit.ly/KillANE
BTW: Gas prices at 13-year low: http://bit.ly/13YearLow
Where is that gas going? Not where you think:
EXPORT. We could never use the massive amounts of gas Spectra is going to run through our towns. Spectra’s own map found in the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) May 2016 Environmental assessment of Atlantic Bridge shows us all we need to know, especially in light of Spectra merging with Canada’s Enbridge: http://www.enbridge.com/enbridge-and-spectra
That’s pretty much it. Oh, and dirty rain boots: