The Joy of Stopping a Gas Pipeline: Verne McArthur – Springfield Climate Justice Coalition | #17


Global issues came to my hometown recently, as a new gas pipeline is being proposed in Springfield, Massachusetts. We urgently need to stop using fossil fuels – and soon! – to avoid a horrific climate change future. Instead, Eversource Energy wants to spend $40 million on new fossil fuel infrastructure that will be with us for decades. Citizens are rallying against the pipeline, including me.


Today’s guest, Verne McArthur, explains what is happening, and what can be done about it.


Whether you live in Massachusetts or elsewhere, you’ll want to listen. We look at the process of transitioning our energy systems away from fossil fuels and toward renewables. Communities everywhere have important decisions to make about their energy future.


Resources:


Stop the Toxic Pipeline

https://www.stopthetoxicpipeline.org/


Pipeline fact sheet

https://14c68895-eea2-4d80-b316-e6d2c79410fb.filesusr.com/ugd/998dab_57ed2c5a88694359b11f73e6615d381c.pdf


Eversource - Proposed Western Massachusetts Natural Gas Reliability Project

https://www.columbiagasma.com/services/work-in-your-neighborhood/western-massachusetts-natural-gas-reliability-project


Boston Globe, 10/19/21

As state law requires steep emissions cuts, utilities face an urgent quandary: to build or not to build new gas pipelines?

https://www.bostonglobe.com/2021/10/19/metro/state-law-requires-steep-emissions-cuts-utilities-face-an-urgent-quandary-build-or-not-build-new-gas-pipelines/


MassLive, 12/15/21

Eversource gas pipeline proposal brings out residents in Springfield as state reps hold listening session

https://www.masslive.com/springfield/2021/12/eversource-gas-pipeline-proposal-brings-out-residents-in-springfield-as-state-reps-hold-listening-session.html


New England Public Media, 11/3/21

Concern about gas pipeline proposed from Longmeadow to Springfield

https://www.nepm.org/interviews-talk/2021-11-03/concern-about-gas-pipeline-proposed-from-longmeadow-to-springfield


Vox, 11/3/21

It’s time to freak out about methane emissions

https://www.vox.com/22613532/climate-change-methane-emissions


Ithaca, NY electrification:

~ Washington Post, 11/3/21

This U.S. city just voted to decarbonize every single building

https://www.washingtonpost.com/climate-solutions/2021/11/03/ithaca-new-york-decarbonize-electrify/

~ Ithaca.com, 11/9/21

Ithaca becomes first city in U.S. to try and electrify all buildings

https://www.ithaca.com/news/ithaca/ithaca-becomes-first-city-in-u-s-to-try-and-electrify-all-buildings/article_03c6e998-41bb-11ec-9a84-47a7c90ee120.html