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Time to Act Now on Climate Change

Really, it’s the climate! The most important subject for voters this fall is voting for individuals who understand the factual science of climate change and will vote to do something about it. This is true at all levels. President Trump has said climate change is a hoax and that “it will get cooler.” Despite mountains and mountains of data going back over a hundred years, he thinks that seasons and weather are climate. Joe Biden knows better. Rep. Glenn Thompson has told me that “the… Read More »Time to Act Now on Climate Change

Scientists Urge Action on Climate Change

Recently, the American Fisheries Society released a historic document in which 111 aquatic scientific societies from around the world called for decisive action to combat climate change (https://climate.fisheries.org/world-climate-statement/). These societies, representing more than 80,000 scientists, produced this unprecedented plea to world leaders with a staggering amount of evidence showing the consequences of climate change. Scientists agree that increases in greenhouse gases are responsible for more extreme weather events such as droughts and flooding, which have harmed water supplies and water quality. Climate changes have been… Read More »Scientists Urge Action on Climate Change

October 2020

Dear Citizens’ Climate Lobby members, It’s Fall in Happy Valley! We hope everyone can find time to take a deep breath and enjoy the beauty of the changing leaves, the rolling hills and the great outdoors. Sylvia and I continue to be amazed at the talent and dedication of our members. And we look forward to seeing your smiling face in one of the “Brady Bunch” zoom squares at our next monthly meeting: Monthly Meeting: Tuesday, October 20, 2020 at 5 p.m. For a link… Read More »October 2020

Expand Pathways for Climate Communication, Speaker Says

            More than 60 people attended a webinar October 1 co-sponsored by the State College chapter of Citizens’ Climate Lobby and the Bellisario College of Communications at Penn State University.             The speaker was Dr. Max Boykoff, director of the Center for Science and Technology Policy Research at the University of Colorado-Boulder. He spoke on “Creative (Climate) Solutions–Productive Pathways for Science, Policy and Society” which also is the title of his latest book.             He called for more creative communication efforts to make the case… Read More »Expand Pathways for Climate Communication, Speaker Says

Carbon Fee Could Cut Emissions, Save Economy

Earlier this month, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, a financial regulatory body of the U.S. federal government, warned that climate change could impair the productivity of the U.S. economy and undermine employment. The stern CFTC warning was issued in a report entitled “Managing Climate Risk in the U.S. Financial System,” which was prepared by contributors who included representatives of industry, finance, agriculture, and government. After evaluating the effects of climate change on components of the economy, the report made 53 recommendations. These included incorporating climate… Read More »Carbon Fee Could Cut Emissions, Save Economy

Climate Watch: From the effect on fish to carbon pricing initiatives, there’s a lot happening

Here are some things that have been happening on the climate front recently. Thanks go to Citizens’ Climate Lobby volunteer Ed Cullen for bringing many of these items to the group’s attention. TROUT UNLIMITEDEighty-nine percent of Trout Unlimited members acknowledge that climate change is happening, according to a survey by that organization. TU is an advocate for the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act, which would use the market, not regulations, to reduce greenhouse gasses by 40 percent in 12 years. CLIMATE CHANGE AND FISHResearch… Read More »Climate Watch: From the effect on fish to carbon pricing initiatives, there’s a lot happening

Going Green Pays off in Many Ways

We are faced with multiple crises. COVID-19 must be dealt with. The cimate crisis must also be dealt with now. There are 70 wildfires in dozens of states, a wind tornado in the Midwest and hurricanes are increasing in number and severity. There were recently two storms in Gulf at the same time, which has never happened before. These abnormal climate events are very costly in both lives and property. Colorado’s eastern plains have yielded economic benefits from the renewable energy industry. In 2010 1,253… Read More »Going Green Pays off in Many Ways

September 2020

Monthly Meeting – September 15 at 5 pm via Zoom The news these days is dominated by the pandemic, racial justice, and the election.  Our meeting this month will be via Zoom to protect our members from contagion.  This month’s national CCL call features a speaker from the National Black Environmental Justice Network (see below).  We urge voters committed to the issue of climate change to get involved in the political process.  Lisa Richardson has outlined below some things you can do.   Even amidst these… Read More »September 2020

Support Legislation to Curb Climate Change

Recent events in Washington state highlight the challenges of mitigating the effects of climate change. The Army Corps of Engineers operates nine hydroelectric dams in Washington. The dams produce large, shallow reservoirs which soak up sunshine and can become lethally hot for salmon. Climate change contributes. To get federal help, Washington state notified the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 1998 that river temperatures exceeded state water quality standards. EPA and Washington reached an agreement in 2000 that EPA would issue the needed specification for safe… Read More »Support Legislation to Curb Climate Change

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 pastatecollege@citizensclimatelobby.org. 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… Read More »August 2020