Op-Eds and Letters

Letter: Urge Passage of Bill to Fight Climate Change in PA

By Edward Cullen Two dams near Midland, Michigan failed this month after record rains, with 4.7 inches falling over 48 hours. Dow Chemical activated the emergency plan for its headquarters and production facilities in Midland, and reported that floodwaters were commingling with containment ponds at the site. There were concerns about effects of flooding on an associated US EPA SuperFund site just downriver of the Dow facility. Thousands of people were ordered to evacuate their homes. This sad and worrisome news is relevant to us.… Read More »Letter: Urge Passage of Bill to Fight Climate Change in PA

Climate Watch: Saving the world while sheltering in place

Who could’ve imagined a global crisis larger than climate change? But here we are sheltering in place to curtail a virus. How can we overcome our biggest challenges even though we’re sequestered at home, like climate change, and other environmental and humanitarian causes challenges that haven’t evaporated along with our day-to-day lives? Good news: there’s much that we can do from our couch and kitchens. Here are some ideas: 1. Work on climate change The revenue-neutral Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act, or H.R.763 allocates fees collected… Read More »Climate Watch: Saving the world while sheltering in place

Opinion: On the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, much has changed

By Sylvia Neely This year marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. A lot has changed since April 22, 1970. At that time, on college campuses, people against the Vietnam War were holding “teach-ins” to explain why they were opposed. Sen. Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin decided to adopt this idea by holding “teach-ins” on the environment on college campuses. The original name was “Environmental Teach-In.” And they chose April 22 because they wanted a date before the students left for the semester. But the idea… Read More »Opinion: On the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, much has changed

Opinion: Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act gains support inside and outside Congress

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

Opinion: The movement to renewable energy is irreversible

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

Letter: Carbon fee would be starting point against climate change

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.

Op-Ed: Recall pragmatism of the New Deal

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

Letter: Expert opinions matter

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: Bill would help decrease greenhouse gas emissions

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

Letter: Listen to the experts on climate change

By Dan Alters I get frustrated by some people’s response to the scientific fact that the world’s climate has been altered by the burning of fossil fuels. Our climate is reacting to greenhouse gas emissions in some horrifying ways, but our Congress does not accept what the vast majority of climatologists have been saying for years — that the earth is warming up and that humans are the cause. Many believe the climate crisis is a political issue. Some citizens vehemently deny that climate change… Read More »Letter: Listen to the experts on climate change