Monthly Meeting The monthly meeting of the State College chapter of Citizens’ Climate Lobby will be held on Tuesday, August 13 at 5 pm at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship at the end of Waupelani Drive in State College. I hope you can join us as we learn about the growing momentum in Congress to put a price on carbon. A focus of our meeting will be to review what we accomplished last year and to develop a plan for the coming academic year. If you are unable… Read More »August 2019
By Mark Neely Back in 2009, Stanford engineering professor Mark Z. Jacobson and transportation scientist Mark Delucchi, of the University of California at Davis, laid out “A Plan for a Sustainable Future” in Scientific American. It would get the world to an all wind-water-solar economy by 2030. Later the deadline was moved back to 2050, but what stuck was not so much the details of the engineering plan as the casual estimate of the degree of national effort required. “Society has achieved massive transformations before,”… Read More »Opinion: Bipartisanship needed in the ‘war’ on climate change
Welcome to the State College Chapter of Citizens Climate Lobby! We meet the third Tuesday of each month from 5:30-7pm at Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Centre County,780 Waupelani Drive Ext, State College 16801. To join our group, email PAStateCollege@citizensclimatelobby.org , or come to a meeting.
Happy Fourth of July from the State College chapter of Citizens’ Climate Lobby. Our monthly meeting will be on Tuesday, July 9, at 5 pm at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship at the end of Waupelani Drive in State College. Our focus this month will be on preparing for tabling. Our big tabling events are coming up (see below) and we need volunteers to help. It’s a new game for everyone, newcomers and veterans alike, now that our bill, HR 763, is in Congress. So let’s all get ready… Read More »July 2019
By Dick Jones In January the Pentagon issued an ominous report to Congress on how climate change impacts the armed forces and national security. Two-thirds of 79 “mission-essential” military installations are vulnerable to flooding. Half are exposed to wildfires and mudslides. “The effects of a changing climate are a national security issue with potential impacts to DOD missions, operational plans and installations,” said Defense Department spokesperson Heather Babb in a Bloomberg News story about the report. Recent storm damage to Air Force bases Tyndall in… Read More »Centre Climate: How is national security affected by climate change?
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… Read More »June 2019
By Dick Jones Our public discourse encourages us to believe that we live in a world of stark binary choices. Red state-blue state, liberal-conservative, capitalist-socialist. Nuance is so 20th century. That’s the case with the attention given to the Green New Deal, the plan championed by New York representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Massachusetts senator Ed Markey. While its centerpiece is a stimulus program with incentives to move the United States to 100% renewable energy by 2030, the Green New Deal also contains an “economic bill of rights”… Read More »Climate watch: It’s not the Green New Deal or nothing at all
Our chapter tabled today at the Earth Day celebration at Triangle Park in Lock Haven. It was a sunny, but very windy day. Pictured above you see Sylvia Neely and Diane Mills speaking with Lt. Gov. John Fetterman. Thank you to our volunteers Dan Alters and Diane Mills (who led the effort). Sylvia Neely made brief remarks on climate change and CCL.
Here is the latest in Mark Neely’s series of reviews of books on climate change. Review of Joshua P. Howe, Behind the Curve: Science and the Politics of Global Warming (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2014)This review has benefited from discussion with Carl Evensen, Milton Cole, and Sylvia Neely. Historian Joshua P. Howe offers readers an able narrative of the development of climate change issues in American politics and government from the Cold War to 2014, by which time, he argues, the issue had moved… Read More »Book Review: Behind the Curve
By Dick Jones This Earth Day, lawmakers should support an end to ‘socialized soot’ When former South Carolina Republican Congressman Bob Inglis was in State College in February to speak at Penn State’s “Sustainability Showcase,” he called for an end to “socialized soot.” The fossil-fuel industry gets a free pass on the health, environmental and national defense costs of its products. While profits are safely privatized, many of the industry’s costs are socialized — borne by society at large. Inglis, who for 12 years represented… Read More »Earth Day Op Ed