TITLE: Green Alliance to Stop the Pipelines (GASP)
SHEPARD/FLOOR MANAGER/SPONSOR: John Andrews
CO-SPONSORS: Roni Beal, Joanna Herlihy, Elie Yarden
VETTING COMMITTEES: CDLC, Platform
The purpose of this proposal is to obtain State Committee endorsement of actions taken by AdCom with regard to the Green Alliance to Stop the Pipelines (GASP). In April 2014, the Green-Rainbow Party was invited to join an alliance of state Green Parties dedicated to opposing the Spectra (Algonquin) natural gas pipeline expansion. AdCom determined that the purpose of this coalition was consistent with GRP positions on renewable energy and climate change. At our request, opposition to the Kinder-Morgan (Tennessee) gas pipeline project was added to the purpose of GASP. AdCom then voted to join the coalition and issued a position statement stating why we were joining. AdCom also formed a working group (named the Pipeline Alliance Working Group) to organize GRP members interested in working on pipeline issues. Approval of the text below will simply confirm that all these efforts have the support of State Committee.
For further information go to http://www.green-rainbow.org/stop_the_pipelines.
SUMMARY: State Committee adopts the position statement on natural gas pipelines as an official GRP statement. State Committee supports GRP participation in GASP.
TEXT OF PROPOSAL:
a) State Committee adopts the position statement on natural gas pipelines as adopted by the Administrative Committee on June 4, 2014. The text of this statement is as follows:
POSITION STATEMENT FROM THE GREEN-RAINBOW PARTY
LET'S STOP GAS PIPELINE EXPANSION IN MASSACHUSETTS
We are fundamentally opposed to the two major gas pipeline expansion projects being proposed in Massachusetts: The Algonquin fracked gas pipeline being proposed by Spectra Energy and the "Tennessee Gas Pipeline Northeast Expansion Project" proposed by Kinder Morgan Energy Partners.
Our Commonwealth is facing a dire threat from unchecked climate change caused by fossil fuel consumption. In response, Massachusetts has set a goal of reducing our greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050. This is not the time to approve infrastructure projects that would increase our dependence upon fossil fuels. The proposed pipeline expansions would create infrastructure that, by their proponent's own admission, would commit us to decades of fossil fuel dependence and would strike at the heart of our emission reduction standards. We must go in to opposite direction
We urge both Federal regulators and local communities to take steps to stop the two pipeline expansion projects and to redirect our energy infrastructure investments into green and sustainable energy projects such as conservation, wind, geothermal, hydropower, and solar power. The trajectory of our electrical consumption should be toward 100% renewable sources, with rapidly dwindling consumption of fossil fuels. By seriously pursuing a green energy future, we will make pipeline expansions uneconomical and unnecessary.
We call upon Governor Patrick to withdraw his support for imposing a tariff on electricity ratepayers in order to subsidize pipeline expansion. Pouring hundreds of millions of dollars into a project to increase our dependence on fossil fuels is blatantly inconsistent with the stated goals of the Commonwealth's energy policies. We should be making investments that allow us to phase out natural gas consumption, not increase it.
A number of communities in Massachusetts have taken steps to ban hydraulic fracturing (fracking) within their borders and the Green-Rainbow Party has supported a statewide ban due to concerns regarding the environmental contamination produced by drilling operations. We feel it would be improper to subsidize and encourage fracking in other communities by importing more fracked gas into the Commonwealth. We should stand in solidarity with all Americans fighting to protect their water resources from fracking pollution - just as we once asked them to support our efforts to protect our offshore sanctuaries and our beaches from offshore oil drilling.
b) State Committee supports GRP participation in the Green Alliance to Stop the Pipelines (GASP).
c) State Committee urges interested GRP members to join the Pipeline Alliance Working Group (PAWG). Chapters are asked to identify a liaison between the chapter and PAWG. All chapters and working committees are asked to consider how their work can be advanced by engagement on the GASP issues.
FINANCIAL IMPACT: None.
• Website material should reflect the fact that the GRP as a whole has approved the position statement.
• A request for support, citing the passage of this proposal, should be written by AdCom and sent to all chapters and working committees.
END OF PROPOSAL