To prevent catastrophic climate change, we need to stop using almost all fossil fuels worldwide by 2050. Here in Massachusetts, we need to take the lead by stopping the development of all new fossil fuel infrastructure. This includes the use of fracked gas, which has been falsely advertised as a clean and natural “bridge fuel” for addressing climate change. Unfortunately, the fossil fuel industry is trying to expand gas development in Massachusetts and even preparing to export gas from our state. All the proposed projects are linked, and stopping them is imperative. As a national leader in climate and energy policy, and as a hub for brilliant innovations in clean energy development, Massachusetts is poised to take on this ambitious mission.
We're fighting against three gas pipeline expansion projects proposed by Spectra Energy: the Algonquin Incremental Market expansion, or AIM, which includes a new lateral pipeline in West Roxbury; the Atlantic Bridge project, which includes a new compressor station in Weymouth; and the Access Northeast project. We are also working to stop Kinder Morgan's Connecticut Expansion project.
We will also work to promote renewables, energy efficiency and conservation and fix gas leaks in order to reduce or eliminate the need for fossil fuel-based energy. To accomplish our goals, we are working with others towards building a broad-based coalition. We are already working closely with No Fracked Gas in Mass, MassPLAN, and others.