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n Reject rate-payer funding for new natural gas pipelines so consumers are not forced to pay for new pipelines when energy effi- ciency measures, renewables, and fixing existing leaks would allow us to meet our state's energy needs. They would also lower greenhouse gas emissions and grow our local economies. Late last fall, Attorney General Maura Healey's office issued a game-changing re - port on electricity reliability in New England. The study unequivocally confirmed that Massachusetts does not need new natural gas pipelines to meet energy needs through 2030, even to satisfy increased demand during win- ter cold snaps. The report examined various scenarios and found that energy efficiency and "demand response" were the most cost effec- tive ways to manage the grid and ensure relia- bility. The report also concluded that the only scenario that enables the Commonwealth to meet long-term objectives for reducing car- bon emissions is by developing renewable power sources (wind, solar) and increasing energy efficiency. These findings support the coalition's pri- orities and have provided important evi- dence that Massachusetts can meet the needs of residents and businesses without relying on new fossil-fuel infrastructure. To find out more or to join this faith- based, clean energy movement, please contact interfaithclimatecoalition@gmail.com. opinion sound off town green my turn 41 s p r i n g 2 0 1 6 | W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e

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