August 2020

     The monthly meeting of the State College chapter of Citizens’ Climate Lobby will be held via Zoom on Tuesday, August 18 at 5 pm.  For the Zoom link, you can email One of CCL’s goals is to demonstrate wide community support for action on climate change.  All of us know people whose voices would carry weight and help to persuade our elected officials to take measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  In our August meeting we will hear from CCL members about how they successfully approached businesses and organizations to ask for their support.  And we will then write letters soliciting endorsements of the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act.
     Thanks to the good work of Linda Westrick and Kathy Pollard, we have a template that can be used to get you started.  Please plan to join us for this working meeting in which we will divide into smaller groups to work together to write letters asking for endorsements.  All are encouraged to join in this effort, to learn what the best steps are, and to brainstorm about possible contacts. 

We look forward to seeing you at our monthly meeting on Zoom.  Here are the details:
Tuesday, August 18, 2020 from 5 to 6:30 pm
For the Zoom link, email

New to CCL?  We will be offering an introduction to our work after our meeting, from 6:30 to 7 pm.  We will try to answer any questions you have then.

Our chapter in the news
      Dick Jones had an OpEd published in the Centre Daily Times on July 12, answering the question  “How would Pennsylvanians benefit from the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act?
     In his letter to the editor of July 15, Dan Alters urged that Pennsylvania join RGGI and that a price on carbon be implemented.  It was called “Discussion, Compromise Needed for PA Environmental Plan.”

     On July 31, Ed Cullen wrote a letter to the editor entitled “Making Progress with EVs” about the booming electric vehicle industry and suggesting ways to make it even more robust.

     If you miss any of the contributions by CCL members, you can always read them later on our chapter webpage:
Regional CCL Conference
     Our CCL region, Appalachia, is joining members from the Southeast region to host a conference that promises to provide lots of opportunities for learning about and engaging with climate action.  This virtual conference offers keynote presentations as well as breakout sessions on many topics. 

     Please join us for our virtual 2020 Citizens’ Climate Southeast / Appalachia Conference on Saturday, August 22nd, from 8:15 am to 3:35 pm. 
For the complete program and to register, click here
Community News
 Rep. Thompson’s annual panel on Agricultural Policy
     Congressman GT Thompson (R- PA15) will be holding a panel discussion on agriculture on Monday, August 10 at 10 am.  He usually organizes this panel for Ag Progress Days at Penn State.  That event has been moved online because of the pandemic and so has Congressman Thompson’s discussion of agricultural policy.  Here is his description of the panel, along with a link to register
     Join me, U. S. Department of Agriculture Under Secretary Bill Northey, Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding, and Pennsylvania Farm Bureau President Rick Ebert for a virtual agriculture summit hosted by Mount Aloysius College. We’ll talk policy impacting farmers, including a discussion on the next COVID-19 relief package.

You can access the program for the online Ag Progress Days here.

PA Counties seek Poll Workers
     If you are looking for a way to make a difference and support your community, consider working at the polls on election day.   All counties in PA are looking for help.  Find out more on this PA government page:
Registered voters in Centre County interested in serving as a poll worker may contact the Election Office at 814-355-6703. Solar Webinars      Eager to learn more about solar power?  The PSU Extension website provides a list of past and future solar webinars that you can access,  Here is the link.  The next one is scheduled for August 12 at noon on the subject “Solar Energy and Land Use—Designing a Sustainable Outcome.”
Climate Solutions Symposium
     Tom Rehm, a chemical engineer and CCL member from Humble, Texas, is organizing a virtual Climate Solutions Symposium on August 22, 11am to 4pm Eastern Time. One of the speakers is Larry Kremer, a member of CCL Team OIL. They will be focusing on electricity generation and distribution; the transition to carbon-neutral energy; and public policy to support the transition. 
     You can register at this link:
Monthly Meeting timesTuesday, August 18, 5 pm via Zoom
Tuesday, September 15, 5 pm via Zoom
Tuesday, October 20, 5 pm via Zoom

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