Consumers for Sensible Energy is fighting for energy policies that benefit the people of New England and fight global warming.
With a broad spectrum of allies we are fighting to stop the Pipeline Tax in New England - a proposal by big utility companies to force residents to pay $6.6 billion to build pipelines to transport fracked gas pipeline that we don’t need, don’t want and cannot afford.
We need your help:
In Connecticut a bipartisan amendment, sponsored by Sen. Gary Winfield, which would prohibit the Pipeline Tax is under consideration by the legislature. Click here to ask your representatives to support this amendment.
Spectra, Eversource and National Grid want to build new interstate gas pipelines, and make consumers pay the estimated $6.6. Billion dollars it will cost to build, operate and maintain them. Many experts and advocates, like us, are against additional pipelines for a multitude of reasons:
- We don’t need additional gas in New England- we already have enough: for even the coldest days
- We are already overly reliant on gas- it accounts for about 55% of all energy sources in Massachusetts. More gas does not “diversify” our energy mix, as has been claimed. It imprudently puts more eggs in one basket.
- Gas is dangerous and unhealthy- causing frequent explosions, leaks and requiring massive investments in upkeep
- Gas leaks are everywhere – over 15,000 in Massachusetts alone
- Gas is unhealthy
- Fracking is dangerous, causing earthquakes, threatening our water supply, and creating environmental nightmares for those who happen to live in or near the fracking fields.
- Gas prices have been very volatile over the years, with huge, unpredictable price spikes adversely affecting consumers
- Gas sets us back in the fight against climate change -- we cannot meet our existing climate goals and can never get to 100% renewable energy with gas.
- Gas is not “clean”- according to experts, when you add up all the leaks, it is as bad for the environment as coal.
- Pipeline developers make money simply by building the pipeline, whether it is needed or not. Consumers are left holding the bag
- Some of the gas transported by these pipelines may be sold overseas at enormous profits
- Legislators oppose the gas tax: the Massachusetts Senate voted 39-0 against a pipeline tax and 99 members of the House signed a letter against it.
- Pipelines harm the towns and neighborhoods that they transverse, encroaching on conservation land and greenways, not to mention people’s private property
In short, we don’t want, don’t need and can’t afford more gas pipelines.
Spectra and its business partners say that pipelines are needed ensure system reliability and lower prices. That is false according to reports from the Massachusetts Attorney General and leading energy economics experts. See these recent reports showing that new pipelines are not necessary and will not lower prices:
We must stop these pipelines now
Consumers for Sensible Energy
Consumers for Sensible Energy works on behalf of consumers by promoting responsible energy policies that assure adequate energy supplies at fair prices.
We have joined with like-minded organizations (Allies) in the fight against the proposed natural gas pipeline in the Northeast because of their impact on consumers. In fact, in these proposals consumers would get socked twice: once for the $6.6 billion cost of construction, operations and maintenance, depreciation expenses, and return on equity, and a second time for the cost of the gas on the global market…which experts predict will raise the prices of gas at home, once gas is exported to other countries. It is, in effect, a pipeline fee on monthly electric bills.