We have joined with like-minded organizations (Allies) in their fight against proposed natural gas pipelines because of their impact on consumers. In fact, consumers in the Northeast would get socked twice under these proposals: first, for the cost of construction, and second, for the cost of the gas on the global market…because experts predict the prices of gas at home will rise once gas is being exported to other countries. The proposals are, in effect, a pipeline tax on monthly electric bills.
WHERE WE STAND ON NEW PIPELINES
- Asking consumers to pay $6.6 billion to build an unnecessary fracked gas pipeline which won’t lower electricity bills.
- Instead of importing fossil fuels from other states, we should encourage energy efficiency measures that will lower electricity bills (more insulation, better windows, energy efficient appliances and light bulbs).
- Utility companies should be required to invest in upgrades to the grid and infrastructure that will help them deliver electricity more efficiently and at a lower cost.
- We are already too dependent on fossil fuels that harm our environment and these proposed gas pipelines will just make it harder for Massachusetts to move to more renewable and clean energy sources to produce electricity.
- 60% of the state’s electricity comes from burning gas – four times what it was just 15 years ago. We can't afford to continue putting all of our eggs in one basket which leads to unpredictable energy prices for consumers.
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