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September 2021 Newsletter

Urgent Request Our regular September newsletter is below, but before getting to that we have an urgent request.  Please write and/or call Sen. Bob Casey’s office before Thursday, Sept. 9.  Sen. Casey is a member of the Senate Finance Committee which is meeting on Thursday to complete wording for the large reconciliation bill that will include many measures addressing climate change.  According to Forbes, a price on carbon will be under consideration.  We need to urge Sen. Casey to support this measure.  This may be our last chance to… Read More »September 2021 Newsletter

August 2021 Newsletter

Thanks to all callers and letter writersDick Jones has an update on the campaign to call our Senators:             Thank you for your powerful response to CCL’s “all hands on deck” appeal to contact Senators Casey and Toomey in July. We have been able to document that 25 of you made 61 calls! And 39 of you wrote 92 email letters!              We also know that’s a significant undercount because some of you shared our appeal with your friends and… Read More »August 2021 Newsletter

Decision Time: Will Senate Go Big or Small on Climate Change?

While the media spotlight is elsewhere, the U.S. Senate this summer is seriously negotiating climate change legislation. Senate Democrats have signaled that they are focused on climate change. They plan to address the issue in this year’s budget reconciliation. This is potentially good news for those who have argued for a price on carbon. That’s because consideration of a carbon price meets the strict parliamentary requirements of budget reconciliation. The reconciliation is not subject to the filibuster, meaning that it can be passed with 51… Read More »Decision Time: Will Senate Go Big or Small on Climate Change?

Time for Carbon Fee is Now

We didn’t see that coming. Extreme drought in the west. Extreme wildfires out west. Flooding in the southeast. More and stronger hurricanes. More tornadoes. Dangerous heat in the west. The drying of the Great Salt Lake. Possibly a high-rise condo on a barrier island collapsing. Rivers flooding in Europe. These are occurring due in part to misinformation campaigns by the oil industry and by climate change-deniers on social media. We can’t solve this crisis by recycling more, eating less red meat, planting trees and driving… Read More »Time for Carbon Fee is Now

July 2021 Newsletter

Dear CCL members,We are pleased to share that on June 24, the Senate passed (92 to 8) The Growing Climate Solutions Act with overwhelming bipartisan support. This bill was both endorsed by Citizens’ Climate Lobby and also served as a “secondary ask” in many CCL chapter lobbying meetings across the country, including our own. Senators Toomey and Casey both voted in favor of the Act.  In other good news, Congressman John Curtis of Utah established the Conservative Climate Caucus. Both of our representatives in Congress,… Read More »July 2021 Newsletter

Climate Watch: How agriculture and climate change are connected, and why it matters

BY SYLVIA NEELY This OpEd appeared in the Centre Daily Times on JULY 11, 2021 Agriculture faces serious problems in a warming world. California, according to one recent article, “supplies two-thirds of the country’s fruits and nuts and more than a third of America’s vegetables.” The Central Valley’s bounty is made possible by water from the north flowing down rivers and irrigation streams. When rain and snow are not abundant, as has been the case recently, farmers rely on water from underground aquifers. Unfortunately, that… Read More »Climate Watch: How agriculture and climate change are connected, and why it matters

Endorsing EICD Act

This photo originally appeared in the Centre County Gazette, June 17th-23rd edition.

Price on Carbon Must Be Part of This Year’s Climate Legislation

Our nation’s lawmakers are currently working on a package of spending measures and policies aimed at transforming America’s infrastructure and tackling climate change. During an Earth Day summit with world leaders, President Biden committed the U.S. to reducing greenhouse gas emissions 50 to 52 percent by 2030 compared to 2005 levels. To achieve that goal, Biden has proposed spending hundreds of billions of dollars on electric vehicle charging stations, incentives for consumers to purchase EVs, retrofitting homes and businesses to be more energy efficient, and… Read More »Price on Carbon Must Be Part of This Year’s Climate Legislation

Republicans Engage on Climate Legislation

On June 4, a group of 25 Utah Republicans, mostly state legislators, published an op/ed in a Salt Lake City newspaper asking Congress to enact a fee on carbon pollution and to return the money collected directly to American families. This happened in Utah, the most reliably “red” state in the nation. It is the latest example of how Republicans increasingly are getting involved in finding solutions to climate change. For several years, the conservative Climate Leadership Council has made the same “carbon fee and… Read More »Republicans Engage on Climate Legislation

June Newsletter

Instead of our regular monthly meeting, we invite you to something different this month:  a Citizens’ Climate Lobby virtual conference.   Each year in June and November, Citizens’ Climate Lobby focuses on in-person lobbying with our members of congress. The June lobbying coincides with a free summer climate conference featuring a line-up of great keynote speakers. In particular, if you haven’t heard keynote speakers Adele Morris, economist with the Brookings Institution, and Jerry Taylor of the Niskanen Center, now is your chance! Additionally, time will be allotted for breakout sessions… Read More »June Newsletter