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May 2023 Newsletter

Dear State College CCL folks, There will be no chapter meeting this month. Our monthly meeting date for May coincides with Pennsylvania’s primary election day: May 16. Instead of a CCL meeting, you have a homework assignment: go to the polls and vote. At CCL we often say that the solution to climate change is democracy. The ballot is the foundation of democracy. Yet too many of us do not vote. The Environmental Voter Project estimates that 13 million Americans who self-identify as environmentalists did not… Read More »May 2023 Newsletter

April 2023 Newsletter

Dear State College CCL folks, With the arrival of Spring there are so many great ways to keep up our momentum on climate solutions.  April is Earth Month and we have a lot of ideas below on how to engage our community, engage ourselves and educate others about the importance of CCL’s mission.   Let’s all be in action this month! Read on to find out what’s coming in April and plan to join us in person for our monthly chapter meeting. A zoom option… Read More »April 2023 Newsletter

March 2023 Newsletter

The accolades for the Inflation Reduction Act and its substantial climate provisions have been coming from all directions.  —Paul Krugman of the New York Times wrote, “ This is a very big deal. The act isn’t, by itself, enough to avert climate disaster. But it is a huge step in the right direction and sets the stage for more action in the years ahead.” —Adam Sobel of  CNN said, “There has never – never – been climate legislation anywhere near this substantial passed in the United States. Not only… Read More »March 2023 Newsletter

February 2023 Newsletter

The Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) is a real game-changer for climate change action in the US.  According to the Department of Energy, it “makes the single largest investment in climate and energy in American history.”  But what exactly does it do? To find out, come to the State College CCL monthly meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 21 at 5:30 as we explore the following topics:—What is in the IRA and how much money can I save from tax incentives to increase energy efficiency and reduce energy use? Get up to speed… Read More »February 2023 Newsletter

January Newsletter

Welcome to 2023!  I hope that at the top of your list of New Year’s resolutions was a commitment to do more to stop climate change.  We made substantial progress last year, but the task before us is still large.  Please join CCL to act with others to promote effective and practical solutions. It is only by working together that genuine and lasting change will come.      The next meeting of the State College chapter of Citizens’ Climate Lobby will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 17 at 5:30.  We will… Read More »January Newsletter

October 2022 Newsletter

Introduction to CCL – October 18      Welcome to the new members of Citizens’ Climate Lobby who have signed up this summer at local tabling events or on the national website. The floods in Pakistan and the hurricane in Florida demonstrate that climate change is already posing grave dangers and all of us need to act.  We are grateful that you have chosen CCL as the means by which you can make a difference on climate policy.  But you probably would like to know more about… Read More »October 2022 Newsletter

Mark Neely’s Review of Klimat by Thane Gustafson

Thane Gustafson, Klimat:  Russia in the Age of Climate Change (Cambridge:  Harvard University Press, 2021).  321 pages.  Maps.      If you are travelling to Russia anytime soon (and I realize that you most likely are not), do not expect to see houses with solar panels on their roofs in the cities or electric cars on the roads.  Russia has very few of either.  Most people live in apartment blocks and there are few intercity roads for cars or trucks to travel on.  Trains are standard… Read More »Mark Neely’s Review of Klimat by Thane Gustafson

September 2022 Newsletter

It’s Time to Celebrate!!!    The Inflation Reduction Act was signed by President Biden on August 16, the date of our last monthly meeting.  This month we will be celebrating this momentous step forward in climate action.  We will also celebrate the beginning of a new academic year with all the opportunities that it promises to bring and will make plans for our next steps..  And of course we will celebrate our new CCL members who have joined recently, as well as the veterans who… Read More »September 2022 Newsletter

Review of Unruly Waters by Sunil Amrith

A review of Sunil Amrith, Unruly Waters:  How Mountain Rivers and Monsoons Have Shaped South Asia’s History (New York:  Penguin, 2020), 397 pp., maps, photos.      This sweeping history of India from the nineteenth century to the present focuses necessarily on agriculture, climate, and engineering.  Unlike the United States, where agriculture has not been dominant for a century, agriculture “employs 60 percent of India’s population,” and India’s “population will continue to be predominantly rural by the mid-twenty-first century” (p. 14).  Therefore, climate matters less in… Read More »Review of Unruly Waters by Sunil Amrith

August 2022 Newsletter

Inflation Reduction Act Needs Our Support      Good news! An agreement was reached between Senator Joe Manchin and Majority Leader Schumer that may make it possible to pass the (newly renamed) Inflation Reduction Act.  The Senate is expected to vote on this bill this week. This bill is a reduced and modified version of the Reconciliation Bill, also sometimes called the Build Back Better Bill.    Let’s get this bill over the finish line. Please call Senator Casey this week!  Notice that this action involves only Democrats.  If your Representative… Read More »August 2022 Newsletter