clean energy

Healthy Air North Shore

Submitted by Jerry Halberstadt on Thu, 02/01/2024 - 20:30

Healthy Air  North Shore is a voluntary community organization effort focused on health education and mitigation of harm from pollution and a springboard for advocacy and remedial action.

Everyone wants their family to enjoy good health. We all want to breathe healthy air, avoid illness, and live a long, joyful life.

But pollution poisons our air, makes us sick, and kills us.

That pollution is caused by burning coal, oil, and gas in our homes, factories, and cars.

Clean energy, equity, and innovation within municipal utilities

Submitted by Jerry Halberstadt on Sat, 09/30/2023 - 15:50

I write to support H3150/S2117 “An Act advancing clean energy, equity, and innovation within municipal utilities.” This bill is supported by 30 climate organizations in the Commonwealth.

Photo: Mother and child. Bonnie Bain and Peyton Massie look into their future during their participation in a demonstration against the Peabody peaker plant.

Can We Hear Each Other?

Submitted by Jerry Halberstadt on Tue, 01/03/2023 - 23:18

I appreciate the decades of service to the people of Peabody by Charles Bonfanti as he retires from his position as Commissioner of the Peabody Municipal Light Plant (PMLP), as reported on January 2, 2023, by Caroline Enos (Light commissioner steps down over activists' push to stop peaker plant).

Like Mr. Bonfanti, we are all struggling to understand and adapt to what seems like a sudden emergency as we become aware of high rates of illness and death from pollution and the looming threat of climate change. Yet although these existential threats have been known for decades, we have all conspired to ignore them.

Managing the Energy Revolution: Protect fossil fuel or the environment?

Submitted by Jerry Halberstadt on Wed, 05/04/2022 - 21:21

A revolution has begun.

Clean power from renewable resources is beating fossil fuels in price, reliability, and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. As governments support these climate-friendly sources of power with financial and other incentives, they pose a threat to suppliers of fossil fuel energy.

Organize & Plan for Clean Energy

Submitted by Jerry Halberstadt on Fri, 04/29/2022 - 13:38

To save the planet for all life and our grandchildren, we need to organize, protest, and be at the table to plan our local clean energy solutions. Starting with our protests against a new gas and oil-powered electrical generator, we are now engaged with changing laws & regulations and demanding to empower citizens in long-term planning. Progress is won with organization, diligent research, technical knowledge, and creating new partnerships.

Fasting for the Future in Peabody

Submitted by Jerry Halberstadt on Thu, 03/24/2022 - 14:58

Children holding sign, LLuveia and Amaya Luz Segura-Leigh


Credo of the hunger strikers

Do we want a livable planet for ourselves, our children and grandchildren?

 This peaker plant, built, would be another nail in the coffin of a livable future. This peaker plant stopped is the beginning of a swift transition to a better tomorrow.

The Little Plant That Shouldn’t

Submitted by Jerry Halberstadt on Sat, 03/12/2022 - 02:18

We are concerned about the future of our grandchildren. Their future depends on our rapid action to replace burning fossil fuels to produce energy with renewable energy sources. This goal is essential to mitigate climate disaster and must be met by everyone working together, especially by the government. Therefore we are advocates for a responsive government that serves the public—but people that we trust to do the people’s business are not acting in our interests.

Can’t get there from here?

Submitted by Jerry Halberstadt on Tue, 02/22/2022 - 20:21

So here we are, watching a new but already obsolete methane gas-fueled electric generator being installed to help meet the responsibility of 14 municipal light plants to provide power to meet the peak needs of the electric system. This Project 2015A, the Peabody peaker plant, developed by the Massachusetts Wholesale Electric Company (MMWEC), has no rational basis consistent with public health, environmental concerns, or climate warming. There are better solutions, nonpolluting, more reliable, and less expensive.

But our regulators have not adapted to the changing technology options and do not recognize the danger of the climate crisis in determining policy. The regulators at the regional and national level claim to use competition on price as a means of regulating and serving the common good. But we know that people and institutions motivated by profit tend to be vulnerable to economic and political influence that can punish innovation and harm the public good. Today, we see policies that protect fossil fuel plants that cause harm and create unfair challenges for renewable sources of energy and battery storage.