In its early days as an organization, Better Future Project authored or co-authored several research reports detailing climate-related issues in Massachusetts. Below are links to full copies of several of those reports from 2012-2014.
This report examines the discrepancy between politicians and their university alma maters on climate change by comparing the stances of Presidential candidates and Harvard Alumni Mitt Romney and Barack Obama as well as every current and prospective member of Massachusetts’ Congressional delegation to the peer-reviewed research of the scientists from each politician’s alma mater. Of the 203 professors found to be publishing on climate change, 202 agree with the consensus (99.5%). Yet of the 16 MA current and prospective federal politicians, only 9 (56.25%) explicitly back the climate consensus. Click here to read the full report!
This report is authored by Robert Repetto, author of the 2011 book America’s Climate Problem: The Way Forward. He is a Senior Fellow in the United Nations Foundation’s climate and energy program. It lays out how Massachusetts residents’ health, economy, and environment are already suffering from the effects of climate change and how prolonged inaction will guarantee dire consequences in the coming decades. Read the full report here!
Energy Casualties is a meticulously researched report that cites relevant and unbiased health, security, and justice institutions to demonstrate the full security, health, and justice costs that fossil fuels impose on human society. Read the full report here!
This report compiles the latest peer-reviewed research on methane leaks from natural gas pipelines, plants and drilling wells, and shows that when methane leaks are fully accounted for, the climate impacts of further development of gas infrastructure in Massachusetts are much higher than previously thought. The report demonstrates that further construction of new gas infrastructure could make it nearly impossible to meet our state's ambitious climate goals.
Emily Kirkland published Great Barrington Passes a Fossil Fuel Divestment Resolution in Latest News 2015-03-16 13:54:43 -0400
On March 9, the Great Barrington Select Board voted unanimously to pass a pro-divestment resolution! The resolution states the select board's support for the bill to divest the state pension fund from fossil fuels.
In late February, Gary Stoller, the divestment coordinator for 350Mass Berkshires, had presented to the Select Board about the climate crisis and the history of successful divestment movements in the United States.
12 towns and cities in Massachusetts, including Boston, Cambridge and Framingham, have now passed resolutions in favor of fossil fuel divestment.
Congratulations to 350Mass Berkshires! Read more about our efforts to divest towns and cities across Massachusetts here.
Marcy Reed, the president of National Grid in MA, has been a long-term and enthusiastic supporter of offshore wind. Now, the fate of the nation's first offshore wind farm lies in her hands. By reinstating National’s Grid commitment to buy 50% of the power from Cape Wind, she can save the nation’s first offshore wind farm, help create thousands of jobs, and move toward securing Massachusetts’ clean energy future.4,036 signatures
Dear Marcy Reed, President of National Grid in Massachusetts,
We need National Grid to be a leader to help Massachusetts transition from fossil fuels to alternatives like wind.
Massachusetts cannot afford the cost of continuing to dump pollution recklessly into the atmosphere. Rising global temperatures disrupt the livelihoods, and lives, of everyone. Climate change is having serious effects here in Massachusetts, including more frequent and severe storms and especially rising sea levels.
Adding gas pipelines only increases our dependence on fossil fuels. We need wind turbines, not gas pipelines, to move Massachusetts toward a clean energy economy. The Cape Wind project, in particular, is a vital step toward a sustainable future, and its fate is in your hands.
Please redouble your efforts to move away from fossil fuels by renewing your commitment to the Cape Wind project and by pledging your support for future wind energy projects.
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