December 2021 Newsletter


               Trying to get a handle on all the solutions—both proposed and active—to the climate crisis is a daunting task. Never fear! Your local CCL chapter will break it down for you at our special December meeting which will be held on Zoom only.
             “From State College to Glasgow: What’s Happening with Climate Solutions” will be presented at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, December 7 by chapter co-leaders Sylvia Neely and Lisa Richardson, and by Dick Jones. It will look at what’s going on in Centre County, with state government in Pennsylvania, in the halls of Congress, and with the recent meeting of nations in Glasgow.
             Instead of meeting on the third Tuesday of the month as we usually do, we thought to move the meeting to the first Tuesday due to the press of holiday activities that occur later in the month.
             This has been a momentous year for climate action. As you will learn from the presentation, 2022 may be even busier. Please join us for this year-end wrap up and look ahead.  
Special presentation on Zoom
Tuesday, Dec. 7 at 5:30 pm

Note:  There will be NO MEETING on our usual third Tuesday date in December.  Enjoy the holidays.
Reconciliation Bill
The Reconciliation Bill is still being debated, so we have time to urge Sen. Casey to support a price on carbon. Even if you have called before, please call again. Here is an easy link to take action:

News from our chapter
Two lobby meetings:  During the week of November 15, volunteers from the State College and Susquehanna Valley chapters of Citizens’ Climate Lobby met with Jeanne Kuehl, a member of Congressman Fred Keller’s staff for our regular November Lobby meeting.  Also that week, members from the State College chapter discussed climate legislation with Adele Borne, legislative assistant to Congressman Glenn Thompson.  Appreciation goes to Leslie Jenkins, Helen Kenion, Sabrina Kirby, Michele Mitchell, Sylvia Neely, Kathy Pollard, Lisa Richardson, and John Swisher for their careful preparation and cordial engagement with the Congressional staff.
Our Climate Watch column this month in the Centre Daily Times was written by Sylvia Neely.  “Facing a Code Red for Humanity, How Will the United States Respond?” was published on Nov. 14.

—If you have any questions or suggestions for our CCL chapter, please write to Sylvia Neely or Lisa Richardson
Citizens’ Climate Lobby offers many opportunities for learning and training.  Here are a few that you might find of interest.  
November Conference
The CCL conference offered a wide array of topics under the theme “Grit and Gratitude:  Celebrating a Banner Year and Rising to the Next Challenge.” The recordings of all the sessions are available here.
China and climate change
CCL Conservative Caucus Action Team sponsored a presentation by Gabriel Collins of Rice University who explored the relationship between the United States and China and offered “A New Strategy for Climate Progress.”  Here is the recording.  Note: the presentation begins at 7:00.
Letters to the Editor
Here is a quick guide to writing effective letters.

Community News
–Virtual Panel Discussion: “What’s Behind Rising Oil and Gas Prices?” Monday, Nov. 29
Sponsored by Penn State’s Center for Energy Law and Policy, a panel of energy experts from Penn State and industry will discuss the reasons behind rising oil and gas prices; what it means for heating bills this winter; potential policy responses to keep energy prices in check; and how rising prices might encourage or thwart a transition to alternative sources of energy. The discussion, which is free and open to the public, will be broadcast at 1 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 29, via Zoom. Registration for the Zoom webinar.
The event will be moderated by Seth Blumsack, professor of energy policy and economics at Penn State.  Panelists will include:  Dean Foreman, chief economist, American Petroleum Institute; Andrew Kleit, professor of energy and environmental economics, Dept. of Energy and Mineral Engineering; and Hannah Wiseman, professor of law, Penn State Law and Dept. of Energy and Mineral Engineering. 
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