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Plastics are a danger to human health, the environment and the future of the planet. Despite this, Big Oil is creating way more plastic than we need. It’s on a mission to build even more dirty infrastructure and continue flooding the market with plastics.


We can stop Big Oil’s plastic-palooza by starting with ending the use of single-use plastics purchased by the federal government.

The General Services Administration (GSA) oversees federal government purchasing and is currently taking public comment on this issue. These comments will be reviewed and used to inform a future rule that could establish requirements and reporting mechanisms to reduce single use-plastic. We have just a few weeks to make our voices heard.


Submit your comment urging the federal government to reduce its use of single-use plastics!

Submitting your comment to the General Services Administration only takes a few minutes.

  1. Go to the Federal Register website.

  2. Click on the green button that says “SUBMIT A FORMAL COMMENT.”

  3. Type your comment in the box.

  4. Fill out the remaining information fields.

  5. Click on “SUBMIT COMMENT.”

Need a starting point for drafting your comment? Copy and paste this suggested text into the comment box:



Plastics are a danger to human health and climate. Single-use plastics – including water bottles, shipping materials, packaging and utensils – make up most plastic waste. They end up in landfills, incinerators and our waterways. Like all plastics, they break down into microplastics, where they move much more easily and stealthily – ending up in our food and eventually our bodies. In order to set a strong precedent for tackling the plastics problem, I urge the federal government to eliminate purchasing single-use plastics.



SUBMIT YOUR COMMENT

Thanks for taking action,

Jim Walsh

Policy Director

Food & Water Action



From 350NH - Tell JLCAR: Approve Community Power Rules!

The public utilities commission finally approved new community power rules that would allow cities and towns to save money and prioritize renewable energy. Now, the Joint Legislative Committee on Administrative Rules needs to approve these rules.

These community power rules are vital to the expansion of local renewable energy sources. The rules will lower our energy costs and allow communities across the state to opt for clean, renewable energy sources.

The Committee meets on August 18th in Concord to discuss this ruling. Can you send written testimony to the committee before they meet?

Here's what we need you to do:

1. Write a short letter addressed to the "Joint Legislative Committee on Administrative Rules." You can include any of these important points:

  • Community power allows towns to prioritize clean, renewable energy.

  • Community power rules (as approved by the public utilities commission) will allow towns and cities to save money for their residents.

  • Local control of our energy is good for NH.

  • Community power programs give towns and cities more control over their rates by allowing them to buy energy when it's cheapest.

2. Sign the letter with your full name and what town/city you live in

3. Email your letter to the Committee Chair, Representative William Hatch, at William.hatch@leg.state.nh.us

Towns and cities across NH have already voted in support of community power programs. Once these new rules are in place, those cities and towns can finally move forward - purchasing their own energy and opting for more renewable energy sources.

If you have any questions, let me know! Thank you for supporting community power in NH.

Onward,

Jennifer

She/her/hers

Climate Justice Organizer

President Biden: Declare a Climate Emergency!

From 350NH

Write to President Biden and ask him to declare a Climate Emergency.


From Save Forest Lake: Sign Petition to Override HB1454

We could really use your help. Could you please sign and SHARE w/fellow members, supporters, friends, & family our petition, linked below, which will be sent to NH House and Senate members, urging them to overturn the veto of HB1454? We'd also love it if you could JOIN US for our "Rally at the Capitol" in Concord on September 8, veto override day!



"We, the undersigned residents of New Hampshire, ask that you, our legislators, vote to overturn Governor Sununu's veto of HB1454 to ensure that our state protects our precious waters—for safe drinking and recreation, for public and environmental health."



HB1454 Petition: https://bit.ly/HB1454Petition

"Override The Veto Of HB1454 Rally At The Capitol" Thursday September 8 2022 Video:

https://youtu.be/TWHnIRR2m4A

Write to the Chairman of the PUC Regarding Electric Vehicles

Now, the PUC seems to have some grave misunderstandings about EVs. When writing, please focus mostly on economic issues and less if at all on the climate crisis in this effort.

The latest problem is the reaction to Eversource’s EV make ready and demand charges proposal, which is reasonable and will help our and others putting in the VW $ chargers.


PLEASE send comments to counter the chairman’s recent statement which could undermine the already inadequate EV charging progress in NH.


The content of the correspondence needs to address the chairman’s concern that the cost of the make ready funding and demand charge alternative is shifting costs to low income and retired residents in rural locations such as Coos County – in his words “retired people will never drive an EV” (to subsidize affluent Tesla drivers in the populous parts of the state). Please note that Eversource’s analysis estimates the cost per account is at most 15 cents / month. That does not account for the extra 5000+KWH/year a single EV driver incrementally adds to consumption and thus spreads the cost over more energy sales that would otherwise be spent on gasoline…

Please address some of these talking points:

  • Consumer freedom to choose – the New Hampshire way.

  • Access to low cost transportation (EVs are much less expensive to own than internal combustion engine vehicles) and as lower cost and used EVs become available folks are buying them to avoid volatile gas prices. (if you know anyone who’s bought a used EV pls tell their story or site the numbers from our E police survey)

  • For renters (even single family homes), multi-unit residents, they may have limited access to home charging.

  • Rural residents are the most likely to travel the most miles and especially in hilly and cold climates require public charging more than most.

  • We are discouraging tourism as EV sales continue to increase NH’s EV charging desert will keep EV owners away.

Here is the link to the actual settlement agreement that the PUC is adjudicating on.

21-078_2022-07-07_EVERSOURCE_SETTLEMENT-AGREEMENT.PDF (nh.gov)

Here is the entire docket

New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission (nh.gov)

Here is an example of how to address and format a letter to the Chairman (there are many more examples in the docket link)

21-078_2022-07-12_NHDES_LTR-SUPPORT-SETTLEMENT-AGREEMENT.PDF

The sooner that public comments can be submitted the better – I would say before 7/20 to have a chance of being considered.

Please email it to ClerksOffice@puc.nh.gov the subject line: Docket 21-078: Public comment

THX

With wishes for sunshine, success and good health,

John Kondos

PS In my letter I’ll share that I know two retired folks of low & moderate income from two nearby small towns that each own a used Nissan Leaf as their only vehicle. They are very happy to own such affordable vehicles that are very economical to own.

Support the PFAS Action Act with Added Amendment to Ban PFAS in Food Packaging

Currently there is a comprehensive national PFAS bill called the PFAS Action Act (HR 2467), which just added a strong amendment to ban PFAS in food packaging. HR 2467 is headed to the Senate for a vote. As expected, the chemical industry is pushing back on this specific amendment and is actively lobbying against it.

Please sign Community Action Works's petition to urge your senator to vote yes. At a time when many of the NH communities that Community Action Works supports are fighting local PFAS contamination—this is one way we can help strengthen their efforts.

Please give Congresswoman Kuster a call! Call Annie Kuster’s office: 202-225-5206

Rep. Kuster is not on the Subcommittee, but on the Full Committee and could vote on this legislation eventually, or make a public statement.


  1. Ask her to vote against H.R. 1512; a plastic burning provision is included!


We are calling on our allies to call subcommittee members today and tomorrow to explain why they must eliminate incineration from the CLEAN Future Act. This is an unexpected opportunity to push back against false solutions at a high level and we need all hands on deck.

A full list of committee members is here. Below is a sample call script. Please forward this call to action to your networks!

Hello, my name is _____. I’m calling to ask Representative _____ to remove waste incineration in the CLEAN Future Act. The inclusion of WTE as “clean electricity” undermines the very positive environmental justice protections in the bill and will set the country back from its goals of addressing the climate crisis. Waste to energy (WTE) facilities are actually the dirtiest source of energy production on the grid today, emitting almost twice as much carbon dioxide as coal, oil and gas. 79% of WTE facilities are located in environmental justice communities, adding to the burden of air pollution from particulate matter, dioxins, lead, mercury, and other toxins that threaten their health and well-being. Please don’t jeopardize a clean future for the country by propping up dirty energy!


  1. Ask her to support H.R. 2238, the Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act


Hearing July 30th in the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment and Climate Change at 11:30 am, on a package of bills related to waste and recycling, including the elusive BREAK FREE FROM PLASTIC POLLUTION ACT that we have been working on for a few years now. It contains Extended Producer Responsibility provisions, and takes up the issues of environmental justice and a national bottle bill.


More Info


Here’s the link to the briefing memo from the full committee to the subcommittee with the rundown on all the bills. https://energycommerce.house.gov/sites/democrats.energycommerce.house.gov/files/documents/Briefing%20Memo_ECC_2022.06.30_0.pdf


Here’s the link to the livestream of the subcommittee hearing tomorrow: https://energycommerce.house.gov/committee-activity/hearings/hearing-on-no-time-to-waste-solutions-for-america-s-broken-recycling


Millions of families are grappling with energy insecurity as the climate crisis gets worse and energy prices go up. We must expand our clean, renewable energy sources rapidly in order to combat these crises and transition off of harmful fossil fuels.

President Biden recently invoked the Defense Production Act (DPA) to ramp up domestic solar manufacturing. Now he needs Congress to have his back and pass the Energy Security and Independence Act to provide $100 billion of critical investment in the U.S.'s renewable energy supply chain and in programs to lower utility bills.

Our utility bills are getting more expensive while Exxon Mobil and other Big Oil companies are making RECORD profits. We cannot afford to rely on fossil fuels any longer - we need a just transition to renewable energy now.

Thank you for your support.

Onward,

Rebecca (She/her/hers), Communications Director, 350NH

Call Governor Sununu and ask him to sign HB1454!


The House and Senate have passed HB1454, relative to the siting of landfills, with amendments!


What's next? We still need Governor Sununu to do the right thing and sign HB1454. Call him at 603-271-7676, especially now that there are no pending permit applications, thus there are no "moving the goalposts" on a pending, existing project. It's dead, for now anyway. - from Jon Swan


Plastics Working Group Action of the Month: Plant Pot Recycling!

Date: Saturday, June 25 | Time: 10am-3pm


Location: Gardener’s Supply Garden Centers - Burlington & Williston, VT, Lebanon, NH & Hadley, MA


Details: Stop by Gardener’s Supply to recycle your plastic pots! All containers & plastic pots of any size (1gal, 2, gal, etc.) with the designation/symbol #2 and #5 plastics can be recycled.

Pots must be separated into groups: #2 plastics in one group and #5 plastics in another. ALL POTS MUST be empty with no tags or trash.

Put A Resolution to Take Climate Action on your town's next warrant

The Carbon Cash-Back Coalition's (C3) citizens' petition warrant article has been voted on by 45 New Hampshire towns and 75% of them passed the resolution. 3 New Hampshire cities' Councils have passed similar resolutions. Putting the resolution on your town's 2023 warrant will help get climate change solutions in the local news, share the experts' recommended best first step with others, and give your town's voters a chance to send their state and federal legislators (and Governor and President) a clear directive to pass effective and equitable climate legislation.

Find more details and sign up to be the C3 Town Champion for your town at carboncashback.org.


From 350 NH: Time to Write to FERC again!

Write your comment for FERC today: reject ISO-NE's fossil fuel funding.

Not sure what to write? Join us Thursday, April 28th between 5:30pm-7:00pm for a collaborative comment writing session.

From Rebecca, 350NH Communications Director: You may have heard that Merrimack Station in Bow was funded by our energy grid operators (ISO-NE) to run through 2026. But those handouts are not a done deal because the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) must now approve the decision. This is our chance, during the public comment period, to intervene. Here’s a toolkit to help you submit your own comment!

Ask your Senator to Support HB1454!

HB1454 — the bill that requires potential landfill sites to meet a minimum groundwater time of travel (minimum of 5 years) to protect adjacent surface waters — has passed the House. The Senate "special ordered" the bill to be heard on the floor of the Senate on May 5th. Please contact your Senator and ask that they support this bill on the floor of the Senate.

Join the No Coal No Gas community to demand that FERC reject the latest Forward Capacity Auction results!

This detailed Forward Capacity Auction public comment toolkit includes sample comments and talking points to support you to craft your own comment, as well as step-by-step instructions for submitting your comment. You can also register here to join us a collaborative comment writing, submission, and outreach party.

More details: https://www.nocoalnogas.org/ferc-comment

TAKE ACTION: TELL FERC TO REJECT COAL AND GAS SUBSIDIES IN NEW ENGLAND

Oppose HR17

(Click the down-pointing arrow on the right for directions)

Experts say a border-adjusted, cash-back carbon fee on fossil fuel production at the federal level is the most powerful, cost-effective, beneficial, equitable, and far-reaching solution to reduce carbon emissions, and it attracts bipartisan support. Citizens across the state and across the country are working to create political will to enable Congress to pass this legislation. We are making progress, but the HR17 resolution in the Concord State House is an attempt to take carbon pricing off the table.


Here is a quick and easy action you can take right now to both help create political will for federal Carbon Cash-Back legislation and to help defeat HR17:


1) Please call your town's State Representatives and ask them to oppose HR17. Their contact information is easy to find: select your town from the "Select a Town" menu at gencourt.state.nh.us/house/members/ then click on each Representative's name on the resulting town page.


2) What to say? Tell them your name and town, and ask them to oppose HR17 when they vote on it this month. Remind them it's a state resolution against a carbon tax on fuels for electricity and transportation (for the full text click on "Introduced" here). Tell them there are several reasons to reject this resolution:


2.1) We have a serious pollution problem and can not afford to take any policy options off the table, especially the experts' overwhelmingly recommended approach (carboncashback.org/carbon-cash-back).


2.2) Public input was overwhelming opposed to the HR17 resolution at the committee hearing: 149 to 4.


2.3) The HR17 resolution ignores the most likely way Congress would implement carbon pricing - as part of a three-part solution (Carbon Fee and Dividend with Border Carbon Adjustments). Offer to share the attached elevator pitch (laser talk) with them. The other two parts of the policy address all the concerns listed in HR17: the cash-back dividend protects family budgets (citizensclimatelobby.org/household-impact-study), and Border Carbon Adjustments (BCAs) protect US business competitiveness and are the only way we can hold other countries accountable for their climate pollution. WTO GATT rules dictate that we can only implement BCAs in combination with an explicit carbon price. The federal Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act bill does all this, and is the most well-supported carbon pricing bill ever in Congress. The New Hampshire legislature should be helping Congress do it, not impeding its progress!


2.4) Of the 44 New Hampshire towns that voted in annual town meetings about whether to ask Congress to pass Carbon Fee and Dividend with Border Carbon Adjustment legislation, 33 of them (75%) voted to do so, some by 97% of everyone who voted. Check to see if your town voted yes in the list near the bottom of carboncashback.org, and mention the fact if it is.


3) While you have them on the phone about carbon pricing, here are two more potential directions to take the discussion:


3.1) If they have doubts that greenhouse gas pollution from fossil fuels or climate change is a problem for New Hampshire that requires policy changes, or if they seem like they might be interested in the science for any reason at all, please invite them to the New Hampshire Network's "New Climate Normals" event on March 14th to hear from two of the state's leading climate scientists and co-authors of the soon-to-be-released 2022 New Hampshire Climate Assessment. You and your friends are of course invited also! Register from here or the banner at the top of newhampshirenetwork.org, and share either page or the attached flyer.


3.2) If they are strongly against HR17, please ask them to consider endorsing the federal Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act to help create political will to enable Congress to do it. This bill implements the Carbon Fee and Dividend with Border Carbon Adjustments policy. Prominent Individuals (such as State Reps) can do this from the "Endorse the Bill" button at the top of the bill website: energyinnovationact.org.


4) If they don't pick up, just leave a message with the highlights. Then please try calling a few more times (without leaving a message) over the next few days, in the hopes of reaching them. A one-on-one discussion is more impactful than a message, but every bit helps! If you aren't able to keep calling, perhaps just follow up with a brief email and include the invitation and the Concord Monitor op-ed about HR17 attached below.


Thank you so much for making these calls if you choose to do so, and for all you do!


Best Regards,

John Gage

Citizens' Climate Lobby state coordinator (volunteer)

For the current 2022 Legislative Session go to the NH Bill Actions page

Help your library set up a Climate Display for April

Help your town learn more about climate change! Ask your library if they would consider using the month around Earth Day to provide a book display about climate science and solutions. Share bit.ly/library-climate-display with your library's events coordinator. If they would like to collaborate in a zoom presentation we can provide a speaker for the event.

Support HB1111 and HB1652 Related to the Plastics Crisis

We are in the midst of a plastics crisis that is growing exponentially. Two important bills to address this crisis will be heard in the NH House. We provide below detailed information to help you take action now.

HB1111 (commission to study Extended Producer Responsibility) and HB1652 (beverage container deposit), which we support, will be heard by the Environment and Agriculture Committee on Tuesday, January 18th. HB1111 will be heard at 9 am and HB1652 at 2:30 pm in the Legislative Office Building, Rm 301-303, Concord.

Here is a brief overview of each bill with a link to the full text.

HB 1111 “To Establish a Commission to Study Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR)” would begin the movement toward the state’s highest priority in waste management: reducing it at the source. EPR shifts primary responsibility for the burden of waste away from consumers and municipalities and makes it a shared responsibility with producers of materials such as plastic that ends up as waste. Legislation can require producers and distributors to pay their fair share to local governments to cover the cost of recycling packages and products and dealing with waste from nonrecyclable products. Fees may be based on the amount, level of toxicity, and recycling or disposal difficulty of the product with funds being used to reimburse municipalities for recycling and waste management costs, incentivizing manufacturers to produce less waste in the first place. We support this bill.

HB 1652 "Relative to the Recycling of Beverage Containers" establishes a beverage container deposit program and directs the proceeds to the general fund and to the state recycling fund. Consumers would pay a 10 cent deposit to the retailer which would be refunded upon return of the container. A “bottle bill” will help reduce roadside litter, keep recyclable material out of landfills, provide cleaner material for bottlers, reduce municipality exposure to market fluctuations for recyclables, create new business opportunities, and increase state recycling rates. NH to date has declined to join most other Northeast states in placing a redemption fee on beverage containers ( see ME, MA, VT, CT, NY). We support this bill.

There are several ways that you can make your voice heard on these bills.

You can attend in person, sign in and support or oppose a bill, and if you choose, present testimony if you are comfortable being in a meeting where masks are optional and with people who have not necessarily been vaccinated. Some House members reported being infected with Covid last week.

You can email members of the House Environment and Agriculture Committee. Send an email expressing your position to all members of the committee using this address: HouseEnvironmentandAgricultureCommittee@leg.state.nh.us. If you choose this option, consider sending a copy of your email to Sponsors and Cosponsors of the bills.

You can call members of the Environment and Agriculture Committee to ask them to vote for these bills. It is acceptable to call their home numbers. to find their number, go to this page and click on the committee members name to get full information.

You can voice your position on the bill by going to the House Remote Sign In page. It takes approximately 3 minutes to do this. We are providing step-by-step instructions should you need them. Go to the page here.

1. Select date of hearing (Jan. 18) on calendar at top of page.

2. Select Committee from dropdown menu.

3. Select the bill from the dropdown menu.

4. Select Member of the Public from the dropdown menu.

5. Click on I Support This Bill or I Oppose This Bill (then Continue).

6. Add personal Information (then Continue).

7. On the Final Review Page, be sure to check the box that says that the information you are providing is truthful (then Continue).

8. Note that at the bottom of the page, you can click on Sign Up Again to go back to the beginning of this process and weigh in on another bill.

We encourage each of you to at least go to the Remote Sign-In Page and voice your support for HB1111 and HB 1652. Please let us know if you have any questions.


Kristine Baber: kmbaber@gmail.com; Bonnie Christie: bchristie1953@gmail.com


Email Congress to Demand Powerful Climate Legislation Right Now

Send a quick email to help give Congress the courage they need to include cash-back carbon pricing in the reconciliation package from cclusa.org/write.


A strong carbon price as proposed in the Carbon Fee and Dividend policy and found in the Energy innovation Act will reduce US GHG emissions by 40% in twelve years. When combined with complementary policies it will enable Biden to achieve his goal of reducing emissions by 50% by 2030 and put us on track to be net-zero by 2050 (carboncashback.org/benefits).


Why is carbon pricing so important, and cash-back carbon pricing such a good way to do it? Here's a 3-minute video of Prime Minister Trudeau talking about how it's working in Canada right now: https://www.youtube.com/embed/3fF4XK2X3KA?&start=1378&end=1552&autoplay=1

ACTION: Write to Your Bank

Many of our large banks make loans to coal, gas, and oil companies. Since the Paris climate accords, banks have loaned more than three trillion dollars to fossil fuel companies, while scientists tell us it's past time to stop fossil fuel expansion.

Th!rd Act's Bug the Banks campaign provides background and provides templates and guidelines for you to let your bank know you are not happy with their loans to companies that are expanding the fossil fuel industry.

More actions to come on HB614 and HB624. Please stay tuned!

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