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Bipartisan hope emerging on climate change

By MARK REYNOLDS and DIANE MILLS As impeachment proceedings ratchet up the partisan tension in Washington, there’s still hope that progress can be made on pressing problems of the day. It appears Republicans and Democrats are coming together on one issue that once seemed intractable: Climate change. In the Senate, Republican Mike Braun of Indiana is teaming with Maryland Democrat Chris Coons to form a bipartisan climate solutions group. The Senate group complements the bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus in the House established in 2016. It… Read More »Bipartisan hope emerging on climate change

Solar Energy, Carbon Fee and Nuclear Energy Are Topics for Climate Discussions

by Sylvia Neely and Dick Jones** Recently about 50 people, including local municipal and county officials, toured the solar installation at the University Area Joint Authority which provides wastewater treatment for five municipalities. Cory Miller, UAJA’s executive director, described steps that UAJA is taking to save energy, steps that are expected to create at least $7 million in savings over 30 years. The first phase of this project, consisting of 7,600 solar panels in a field in College Township as well as a 1.5 megawatt… Read More »Solar Energy, Carbon Fee and Nuclear Energy Are Topics for Climate Discussions

Centre Climate: How local groups are making a difference, and how to join them

BY JONATHAN BROCKOPP Greta Thunberg, that inspiring Swedish activist, has received a lot of attention for her strong words on climate change. “How dare you!” she famously scolded world leaders at the United Nations, adding: “You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words.” But locally, our children have been just as outspoken. I attended the “climate strike” on Sept. 20, where one young activist pointed out that they feel forced “to do the brunt of the work, because our older generations –… Read More »Centre Climate: How local groups are making a difference, and how to join them

Who is my neighbor when it comes to climate change?

by Dick Jones Jesus knew how to tell a story. He understood that none of the people listening to his parable—least of all the lawyer who asked, “Who is my neighbor?”—would have considered a Samaritan fit for that description. That was the whole point. He was showing his audience how to think outside the box. So who is my neighbor when it comes to climate change? To answer that question, I invite you to arrive at an understanding of neighborhood that goes beyond our street address, our… Read More »Who is my neighbor when it comes to climate change?

UAJA solar project to create $7 million in energy savings

By DICK JONESSpecial to the Gazette STATE COLLEGE — The University Area Joint Authority’s solar energy project is expected to create at least $7 million in energy savings over a 30-year span. That’s what a group of 50 people, including municipal and county officials and members of Citizens’ Climate Lobby, learned during a presentation and tour on Sept. 22. Cory Miller, UAJA’s executive director, explained the finances, benefits, maintenance and administration of the solar energy effort, which is a public-private partnership between UAJA and New… Read More »UAJA solar project to create $7 million in energy savings

‘Something to be proud of’: State College residents go on tour of solar array

Melissa Manno, The Daily Collegian “But where is all of this energy coming from?” one audience member joked as a projector and lights were put on in preparation for the oncoming presentation. “All solar,” Cory Miller responded. “All of it’s coming from our solar grid.” The State College chapter of Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL) sponsored a tour and presentation of the University Area Joint Authority solar array on Sept. 22 at UAJA’s Spring Control Facility. State College’s CCL chapter is one of 550 chapters worldwide… Read More »‘Something to be proud of’: State College residents go on tour of solar array

Climate Change and the Constitution

By Sylvia Neely Climate change is a big problem and it calls for big solutions. No matter how conscientious we may be at reducing our personal greenhouse gas emissions, ultimately we need to find solutions at a national level to avoid the worst consequences of climate change. This effort must be bipartisan, for both practical and ideological reasons. Even if we imagine a victory by Democrats in 2020, giving the party most closely identified with climate change control of the House, Senate, and Presidency, it… Read More »Climate Change and the Constitution

Book Review: Carbon Capture, Howard Herzog

A review of Howard J. Herzog, Carbon Capture (Cambridge: MIT Press, 2018), 198 pp. Some solutions to climate change roam the earth looking for someone to champion them. Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) has few friends. Liberals think it is a figleaf over continued use of fossil fuels. CCS, they say, allows business as usual under the vague technological promise that CCS will someday remove what we are carelessly putting into the atmosphere now. On the other hand, conservatives seem to regard CCS as another… Read More »Book Review: Carbon Capture, Howard Herzog

MAKING A DIFFERENCE WITH CLIMATE CHANGE

Eric Boeldt Jonathan Brockopp’s piece in the Aug. 4th edition of the CDT concerning the ethics of climate change was very interesting, but did not go far enough. He did not mention an ethical way to solve the problem of human caused global warming. He mentioned that we should each minimize our carbon footprint, but that is, as we know, the bare minimum. He also mentioned helping others rebuild who have been devastated by global warming, but that is not fixing the problem. Helping others… Read More »MAKING A DIFFERENCE WITH CLIMATE CHANGE

Opinion: Bipartisanship needed in the ‘war’ on climate change

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