April 21, 2020


Virtual Earth Week Events Abound

— Strike, divest, and vote for our future.
From April 22, the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, to April 24, activists, performers, thought leaders, and artists will come together for an empowering, inspiring, and communal three day livestream mobilization.

Earth Day Live will feature a three-day livestream where millions of people can join activists, celebrities, musicians, and more in an epic moment of community and hope for the future.

» Earth Day Live – register to live stream


— Actionar for Stop The Money Pipeline Massachusetts Live!
What do CHASE BANK, MASSACHUSETTS, and LEE RAYMOND, former CEO of ExxonMobil and historic climate change denier—have in common?? And what can we do about it?
Already met Lee Raymond in our first actionar? Great! Please join us again to learn more and take more actions with Massachusetts-specific messages.

What’s an actionar? Watch this 1 minute video

Free public event
12 PM and 7 PM

» Facebook event page 
» Register here

From Climate Action Now & Environment Mass
Virtual Earth Day Celebration for 100% Renewable Clean Energy

Wednesday, April 22

- Sen. Jo Comerford
- Reps. Lindsey Sabadosa, Natalie Blais & Daniel Carey
- Syair Bey, Environmental Justice Organizer for Arise for Social Justice/ Springfield Climate Justice Coalition
- Sarah Reyes, Sunrise Western Mass
- Kaitlyn Mitchell, 100% Renewable Energy Campus Coordinator,
- Peter Schneider, Clean Energy Organizer; Environment Mass

» To receive the link to this event sign up at Eventbrite

Contribute to the Kid's Virtual Art Show!
Create a picture imagining a 100% renewable energy world, take a photo & send it here  (subject line: earth day art)

For more details on these and other actions,
see Climate Action Now’s latest newsletter

From Solar Neighbors United

Share your Solar!
in the National Solar Tour

Happy Earth Week SUN friends!

With the planning for this year’s National Solar Tour in full swing, we wanted to reach out and thank you again for being a host on a previous Tour as well as update you on the 2020 Tour.

This year, the National Solar Tour will likely look different due to the COVID-19 epidemic. We are not exactly sure what to expect in October, but in the meantime, we are excited to share a fun way for you to get involved while social distancing and spending time at home.

» Record a Virtual Solar Tour!
We promise - it isn't as scary as it sounds and we have resources to help make it fun and easy. The video can be simple - just you on your phone selfie-style totally works! During your video, you introduce yourself, talk about why you went solar, walk around and share your unique solar system. We have a video guide with tips and tricks to help make it easy.

Need some inspiration?
» Check out an example Virtual Solar Tour video!

Will you record a Virtual Solar Tour Video of your solar system?



 Markey, Warren seek Weymouth compressor station’s coronavirus plan

By  Joe DiFazio, The Patriot Ledger                                      
April 19, 2020

“Although the construction of the compressor station is NOT essential, Enbridge has been allowed to continue construction during the COVID-19 pandemic,” the (FRRACS) group said in a statement. “Enbridge is continuously putting workers and the community at risk by moving ahead with construction.”

The group has said that the station is a danger to the health of nearby residents and the environment.

“The proposed compressor site is in a densely populated urban area, adjacent to two Environmental Justice Communities already overburdened with pollution from existing emitters,” the Fore River group said. “It is on the banks of the Fore River and Boston Harbor, next to conservation land, a public park, and critical infrastructure.

» Read the full story
Green energy could drive Covid-19 recovery with $100tn boost

Speeding up investment could deliver huge gains to global GDP by 2050 while tackling climate emergency, says report

by Jillian Ambrose, the Guardian
April 20, 2020

“Governments are facing a difficult task of bringing the health emergency under control while introducing major stimulus and recovery measures,” La Camera said. “By accelerating renewables and making the energy transition an integral part of the wider recovery, governments can achieve multiple economic and social objectives in the pursuit of a resilient future that leaves nobody behind.”

The report also found that renewable energy could curb the rise in global temperatures by helping to reduce the energy industry’s carbon dioxide emissions by 70% by 2050 by replacing fossil fuels.

» Read the full story

Oil prices dip below zero as producers
forced to pay to dispose of excess

By Jillian Ambrose and Martin Farrer, the Guardian
April 20, 2020

US oil prices turned negative for the first time on record on Monday as North America’s oil producers run out of space to store an unprecedented oversupply of crude left by the coronavirus crisis.

The price of US crude oil collapsed from $18 a barrel to -$38 in a matter of hours, forcing oil producers to pay buyers to take the glut of crude which they cannot store, as rising stockpiles of crude threaten to overwhelm oil storage facilities.

“The problem of the global supply-demand imbalance has started to really manifest itself in prices,” said Bjornar Tonhaugen, head of oil at research firm Rystad Energy. “As production continues relatively unscathed, storages are filling up by the day. The world is using less and less oil and producers now feel how this translates.”

» Read the full story

Demand For Oil Has Plummeted, But Industry Keeps Building New Infrastructure Anyway

Oil and gas companies are constructing pipelines and wells amid the pandemic, risking workers’ lives and depleting personal protective gear.

By Alexander C. Kaufman and Chris D’Angelo, Huffington Post
April 20, 2020

Instead of retreating, the American oil and gas sector has plowed ahead at full speed during one of the worst pandemics in a century, even as demand for its product tanked because of the COVID-19 economic downturn. The industry’s efforts continued in no small part because federal and state regulators deemed fossil fuel work “essential” during the pandemic.

In Texas, oil companies won permits to expand drilling, with 1,175 new wells in March alone, pushing the tally for the first three months of this year 30% higher than for the same period in 2019.

In Massachusetts, crews went to work building a controversial new facility to send fracked natural gas to Canada.

MassSave Online Home Energy Assessments

Though on-premises work through MassSave is currently suspended because of the coronavirus state of emergency, the new Online Home Energy Assessment is still accepting applications.

For folks filling out the OHEA, instant and mail-in rebates, on-line marketplace offerings, active demand response applications, and non-direct install incentive projects will still be available. You'll also be in the system for when in-home energy efficiency work from MassSave resumes.

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