June 2019

Congressional Call-In Day

Citizens’ Climate Lobby has something special that you can do in June.  The national conference will take place in Washington, DC beginning on June 9 and concluding with lobby day on June 11, when 1200 volunteers will meet with elected representatives on Capitol Hill.  You can help make sure that they receive a warm welcome in the congressional offices by making a call on June 5 urging climate action.  To make it easy for you to take part on Congressional Call-In Day, CCL has a special link: cclusa.org/call   There you will find the numbers of your representatives and a sample text of what to say.  I will send out a reminder on Wednesday.  We want to demonstrate to Congress that there is wide support for putting a price on carbon.  Please call. 

Monthly meeting

The State College chapter of Citizens’ Climate Lobby will hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday, June 11 at 5 pm at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship at the end of Waupelani Drive in State College.  We will continue learning about the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act in anticipation of the coming tabling season.  We will also share national and local developments about climate change and celebrate the progress that is being made to put a price on carbon.

Best of Clinton County

The State College chapter of Citizens’ Climate lobby will be tabling at the Best of Clinton County Summer Festival in downtown Lock Haven on Saturday, June 29, from 10 am to 3 pm.  Please stop by to say hello to our volunteers.

OpEd in CDT

Congratulations to Dick Jones for an OpEd in the Centre Daily Times on Saturday, May 18.  The link is posted on our Facebook page and you can also access the OpEd here.  Please look for future OpEds from Citizens’ Climate Lobby under the heading “Climate Watch.”  A special thanks to the CDT for making it possible for us to publish these pieces.

Live Streaming of CCL Conference

For these of us unable to travel to Washington, several of the presentations will be live streamed on the CCL Facebook page.  I will post the live streaming schedule on our Facebook page and also send it out to you in our next email.

National News from CCL

 –On Memorial Day, CNN and PBS aired an interview with Rep. Ted Deutch and journalist Christiane Amanpour, in which they discussed climate change, bipartisanship, and the Energy Innovation Act. CCL arranged this interview and Rep. Ted Deutch is the bill’s lead sponsor, so we definitely want to celebrate this media appearance.  Clips of the interview are posted in CCL’s TwitterInstagram, and will soon be on Facebook.  You can also watch the full segments on CNN or PBS.

–The Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act now has 41 co-sponsors.  The legislation has been referred to the Committee on Ways and Means and to the Committee on Energy and Commerce.

— CCL is especially happy to report that the Silicon Valley Leadership Group (SVLG) has indicated its support for HR 763, the Energy Innovation Act.  SVLG is a public policy trade association representing businesses that are household names: Airbnb, Apple, AT&T, Bank of America, Coca-Cola, Facebook, General Motors, Google, Johnson & Johnson, Microsoft, United Airlines, Uber, Wells Fargo, and many others.  You can read more about this important action and access a full list of SVLG members by clicking here.

Community News

Under Community News, we will publish announcements of events occurring in our area that relate to climate change.  Inclusion of these events does not necessarily constitute endorsement by CCL. Please let us know about future events that can be included here.

–The Sierra Club Moshannon Group invites us to two events:

·         On Thursday, June 6, Greg Czarnecki, Climate Change & Research Coordinator for the PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, will speak on “Climate Change and Penn’s Woods – What Does the Future Hold?,” 7 p.m., State College Municipal Building, Room 201, 243 S. Allen St., State College.

·         On Wednesday, June 12, Chloe Selles from the Sierra Club Pennsylvania Chapter will be coming from Lancaster for a meeting from 7 to 9 pm at the State College Municipal Building.  This meeting is a follow-up to the “Ready for 100” event (held in late April) and also a response to Jesse Barlow’s RF100/Net Zero Greenhouse Gas Emissions resolution being considered by the State College Borough Council on June 3. 

— The new Solar Carport at Burkholder’s Market (107 Market, Dr., Spring Mills) will be officially opened with a “flip the switch” event on Saturday, June 8 from 10 am to 1 pm.  You are invited to come see the solar array which was installed by Sun Directed.

–PennEnvironment is sponsoring a 100% Renewable Energy Lobby Day at the State Capitol in Harrisburg on Wednesday, June 19th from 9 am to 4 pm.  Click here for more information and to register.

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