Op-Eds and Letters

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

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

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

Climate watch: With support, Pennsylvania’s farmers can deliver climate solutions

In the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, uncertainty overtook us. Would the virus spread to our Happy Valley? What did this mean for day-to-day life? Uncertainty showed up at our grocery stores, with panicked neighbors navigating empty shelves to stock up on food; something I’ve never witnessed before. Though plenty of uncertainty remains, our grocery store shelves are full again, and farmers continue their essential work, though some have struggled. Nationally we’ve seen infection outbreaks and processing disruptions hit, but still, our food supply… Read More »Climate watch: With support, Pennsylvania’s farmers can deliver climate solutions

Letter: Making Progress with EVs

By Edward Cullen About 30 percent of greenhouse gas emissions, which are largely responsible for global warming, come from gasoline- and diesel-powered vehicles.  To limit global warming, we need to develop and use electric vehicles (EVs), which don’t produce greenhouse gases.    In 2019, there were 326,644 electric cars sold in the US, representing 1.9 percent of the 17,053,566 car sales that year (up from 0.6 percent in 2013).  Progress is clearly being made with passenger EVs.  Trucks are more of a challenge because they move heavier loads.  Lordstown Motors, operating at the site of the former GM Lordstown Plant, recently unveiled its prototype for an electric pickup truck.  Lordstown plans to make vehicles available for sale in 2021. Tesla, Ford, and GM are also developing commercial vans or pickup trucks.   There are several ways to build… Read More »Letter: Making Progress with EVs

Climate watch: How would Pennsylvanians benefit from the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act?

By Richard W. Jones Sixty-one percent of Pennsylvania households would see a net financial benefit if the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act (EICDA) becomes law. And the gain would be greater than the state average for most families in the 12th and 15th Congressional Districts. Those are among the findings by a team of MBA students from Duquesne University’s Palumbo-Donovan School of Business. Passage of the act would also create jobs, they found. Read more at Centre Daily Times.

Climate watch: Climate change will impact birds (too)

By Dan Alters The last time carbon dioxide levels were this high, trees were growing at the South Pole. A shocking line, but true. A recent National Geographic article reports on these facts and more. And what does it all mean? Well, unless something is done to reverse the course of greenhouse gas emissions, many birds of the northern hemisphere are marked for extinction, according to the National Audubon Society. And humans? More on that later. Read more at Centre Daily Times.

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