Over 400 Small Business Owners Against New Pipelines Endorse Mass Power Forward 100% Renewable Campaign
WHEN: Tuesday, March 21st at 10:30am
WHERE: Holiday Brook Farm, 100 Holiday Cottage Rd (off Rt. 9), Dalton, MA 01226
(Meet at the Farm Store. This is the first building on the left when you get to the farm itself).
WHAT: Mass Power Forward, Berkshire Environmental Action Team (BEAT), and 350Mass Berkshires have joined a coalition of organizations and concerned citizens in the four counties of Berkshire, Franklin, Hampshire and Hampden to launch a 100% renewable, clean energy campaign in western Massachusetts. The 100% renewable campaign will work together with businesses, organizations, local and state government, elected officials, municipalities, energy experts, and many others to support a local approach to making the transition to clean, renewable energy in our communities, and to urge Governor Baker and our other elected officials to lead the Commonwealth and the nation in moving away from dirty fossil fuels.
At the event on Tuesday, we will present a list of over 400 small business owners who are asking Governor Baker to stop supporting new gas infrastructure immediately, and to support efforts to get Massachusetts to 100% clean, renewable energy and on the path to surpassing 2020 global warming solutions goals.
Please join us as we celebrate businesses that are embracing a new clean energy future!
• Dicken Crane, owner and operator of Holiday Brook Farm
• Christopher Derby Kilfoyle, President, BPVS Berkshire Photovoltaic Services
• Jane Winn, Executive Director, Berkshire Environmental Action Team (BEAT)
• And others!
The media event will take place at Holiday Brook Farm in Dalton, a fourth generation farm where owner Dicken Crane has graciously welcomed us. Holiday Brook Farm produces maple products (maple syrup activities should be in full swing on Tuesday!), humanely raised grass-fed beef, lamb and pastured pork, organic vegetables, wool yarn, Guiseppe’s local honey, pumpkins, Christmas trees, as well as various other local products, including Barts Ice Cream, Appalachian Naturals dressings and Fire Cider. They also sell firewood, their famous “Black Gold” compost, hay and straw.
Dicken Crane has protected tracts of his land via conservation easement and has invested in a number of solar arrays.
A new report by Synapse Energy Economics issued in February 2017 has found the costs of the proposed Access Northeast pipeline to transport natural “fracked” gas into Massachusetts and other New England states would be more than double what pipeline sponsors claim — $6.6 billion versus the projected $3.2 billion – according to a dramatic new report by Synapse Energy Economics. Furthermore, the report projects that the use of natural gas in New England for electric generation will decrease by 27% by 2023, compared to 2015, leaving the pipelines underused and unneeded.
This supports the results of the Massachusetts Attorney General’s report of 2015 that made it clear that we do not need more natural gas in the Commonwealth, but that we could meet our energy needs through energy conservation, energy efficiency, innovations in energy demand-response pricing, fixing gas leaks, and increasing use of renewable clean energy sources like solar and wind, which we have in abundance. Building pipelines will only delay the transformation of our energy infrastructure to make use of clean, renewable energy. And charging consumers to build more pipelines will further cripple us as we strive to meet the requirements of the MA Global Warming Solutions Act to address climate change. Energy experts nationwide are advocating for less reliance of fossil fuels and more investment in clean energy.