Productive Stuff to Do as We Wait it Out at Home By Kathy Pollard, MS, Nutrition instructor, co-founder of SustainableDiet.com, and expert on sustainability and food choice. Her upcoming book is Climate Party! Saving the Planet and Your Health One Plate at a Time. Who could have imagined a global crisis larger than climate change? But here we are! Life as we know it has come to a halt as we hunker down to shelter in place indefinitely, to protect ourselves and tamp down the spread of… Read More »Saving the world while sheltering in place
Randy Hudson has come up with a solution to a vexing problem. Citizens’ Climate Lobby wants you to support the bill we have in Congress, but the bill’s name is awkward and hard to remember: HR 763, the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act. Randy, who volunteers with our State College chapter, is just one of our over 180 thousand members in 5xx chapters around the world who write letters to the editor, table at events, give presentations, sponsor educational events, and, of course, lobby… Read More »Are citizen lobbyists also poets?
By Richard Jones Govtrack lists 240 legislative initiatives in the 116th U.S. Congress dealing with climate change or greenhouse gases. One bill, however, is easily the most robust climate legislation pending and the only bipartisan one with significant support. It’s not the Green New Deal, which is a non-binding resolution and not a bill at all. Rather, it’s the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act (H.R. 763). In this legislation, Congress has before it a simple, fair and effective step toward a climate solution. Rep.… Read More »Opinion: Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act gains support inside and outside Congress
By Dick Jones If you took all the coal miners in the United States and sat them in Beaver Stadium the place would be under half full. There were about 53,000 people working in the coal business in the U.S. in August 2019. That includes not just miners but office workers, maintenance and other coal support personnel, according to a report by the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. By contrast, there were 242,300 Americans working in solar energy alone in 2018, says the Solar… Read More »Opinion: The movement to renewable energy is irreversible
By Edward Cullen The financial community is taking climate change more seriously than ever. Larry Fink, the CEO of BlackRock, the largest financial asset management firm in the world, recently wrote to the companies in BlackRock’s portfolio. He told them that BlackRock now considers climate change to be a defining factor for companies’ long-term prospects. Read more at Centre Daily Times.
A review of Abhijit V. Banerjee and Esther Duflo, Good Economics for Hard Times (New York: Pubic Affairs, 2019). 402 PP. No illus. Or maps. The day I purchased Good Economics for Hard Times, I picked up the Wall Street Journal and read this front-page headline: “Jobs Cap Decade of Steady Gains” (Jan. 11-12, 2020). Steady jobs gains are not signs of “hard times.” So does the fact that we now live in what may reasonably be thought of as easy times mean this book… Read More »Book review: What do do about economic growth
BY MARK E. NEELY, JR. The “Green New Deal” was introduced in Congress as House Resolution 109 (Feb. 7, 2019), and already enough time has elapsed for the writing, printing, publication and distribution of whole books referencing the subject — for example, Naomi Klein’s “On Fire: The (Burning) Case for a Green New Deal.” That is a sign of the rapid and enthusiastic embrace of the idea by many Americans, but what exactly is or was the original New Deal? I have observed what I… Read More »Op-Ed: Recall pragmatism of the New Deal
by Joseph Haloua** I woke up at night from a nightmare of a dystopian future where the planet was engulfed in flames and desolation. A planet where few remnants of a formerly glorious specie were recording the last events humans would ever witness. As if writing the last paragraph of a history book no one would ever read. I went to the kitchen for a glass of cold water. As I drank I comforted myself in recognizing that I had an apocalyptic vision, a common… Read More »A case for supporting a Carbon Fee and Dividend policy
Letter to the Editor by Dan Alters Two of our children live many miles from where they were raised in northcentral Pennsylvania, relocating when they found work they enjoyed or a person they wanted to share their life. Like many of their generation, they may well move again. It seems this is what humans have done for millennia — moving to make some sort of improvement to their life. Unfortunately, many people worldwide have been on the move a lot lately due to war, poverty,… Read More »Letter: Expert opinions matter
Letter to the editor by Ed Cullen A recent CDT opinion piece reported that over a dozen major oil, manufacturing and energy companies have promised to lobby Congress for a carbon tax on fossil fuels. An important component of their position is that federal legislation would be preferable to a patchwork of local laws that would make compliance more difficult and expensive. Researchers from Columbia University and the Rhodium Group recently published a study of the economic and climate effects of the Energy Innovation and… Read More »Letter: Bill would help decrease greenhouse gas emissions