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
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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
CCL State College July Monthly Meeting Needs Your HelpDuring the pandemic, we have all adjusted to working and interacting in new ways. This is certainly true for the work that the State College chapter of Citizens’ Climate Lobby has been doing. What techniques have you learned that you think will be helpful for others? What directions can our volunteering take in the future? Please plan to share your ideas on the Zoom monthly meeting on Tuesday, July 21 at 5 pm. We will highlight some opportunities… Read More »July 2020
CCL State College was pleased to offer an opportunity to learn about the Centre Region Climate Action Plan on June 28, 2020. Here is a recording of the event. Pam Adams, Sustainability Planner for the Centre Region Council of Governments (COG), presented information about the recently completed Centre Region greenhouse gas emissions inventory and the development of a Climate Action Plan that is in the works. Jesse Barlow, State College Borough Council member, and Carla Stilson, College Township Council member, offered their insights on the role… Read More »The Centre Region Climate Action Plan
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.
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.
The State College chapter of Citizens’ Climate Lobby invites you to three special events during the month of June.CCL Annual Meeting on June 13thSocial hour and discussion on June 16Presentation on Centre Region’s Climate Action Plan on June 28See details below CCL Annual Conference on June 13 The national conference this year will be online. This is a great opportunity for people who were not able to travel to DC to learn about climate policy and to be inspired by the great work that Citizens’ Climate… Read More »June 2020
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
Watch it and weep: Skip this film and go for a nature walk. By Jacqueline Krim (North Carolina State University) As if global citizens didn’t have enough mental health challenges during the current pandemic, Michael Moore, a.k.a. “Debbie Downer”, marked Earth Day Eve 2020 with a temporary and free YouTube release of a documentary film, “Planet of the Humans”. The film, which was originally released in July 2019, goes on for 100 seemingly endless, despair-inducing minutes with a focus on negative environmental impacts of green… Read More »Movie Review 2: Planet of the Humans
By Milton W. Cole Planet of the Humans is a controversial film that has received significant attention, in large part because its executive producer is Michael Moore, an iconoclastic film-maker and prominent leftist commentator. The film (temporarily available free on YouTube) is critical, indeed damning, of the environmental movement and especially its focus on climate change and the need for alternative renewable energy sources. The central question addressed by the film is this: does humankind really benefit from increased reliance on technologies that capture and… Read More »Movie Review: Planet of the Humans