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The role of nuclear power

The biggest contributor to reducing CO2 emissions is nuclear power. Over 55% of power generated without CO2 is from nuclear power. But in Pennsylvania the legislature prefers cheapest power to reducing carbon dioxide. And the networks handling power like PJM also put short term cost above carbon dioxide reduction. So in PA we get the shutdown of TMI when, aside from the jobs lost, we could be getting CO2 reduction, along with sulfur dioxide and other contributors to bad air quality. And for natural gas,… Read More »The role of nuclear power

Ice not thick enough for annual event (again)

       For the sixth year in succession, the famous Eagles Mere Toboggan Slide here in PA is unable to function due to the lack of thickness of ice.       This is a quarter mile toboggan slide downhill onto a lake that has been constructed by the fire company every year since 1904 for fund-raising purposes. They require that the ice thickness be a minimum of 12″  thick by February 1st. This year it was only 4.5″. Bruce Christianson Bellefonte 2/02/20

Some personal observations regarding likely impacts of climate change:

My wife and I built a new home near Bellefonte in 2016 so we could be nearer some of our grandchildren. Situated is a rural area surrounded by three active farms, our development is about half a mile from Buffalo Run. All of the farm fields near us (including our backyard) are bordered by mature tree lines, and dense woods are close by as well.  Watching wild birds is a favorite activity, and with this mix of habitat, we anticipated a nice bird community nearby.… Read More »Some personal observations regarding likely impacts of climate change:

When will the ground freeze?

  1-    In the bygone days, one would expect the ground to be solidly frozen by the first of the new year. Well here we are in the fourth week of January and the ground is as friable as if it were July.        I am well aware of this because once a week I will dig my kitchen waste into the garden soil.This is nothing new but it is certainly the latest that I have seen the ground unfrozen.         Anyone for outdoor year round gardening?… Read More »When will the ground freeze?

When it comes to ticks, “we’re number one”

My friend George Etzweiler, who turns 100 this year, grew up in central Pennsylvania—the Lewistown area to be precise. He told me not long ago that he never saw a tick until he was an adult and moved from Pennsylvania to Maryland.  Maryland had ticks. Pennsylvania didn’t.  Well now Pennsylvania has lots of ticks. In fact, the Keystone State is tick-bite central.  Every year, our Commonwealth leads all states in reported cases of Lyme Disease, of which the black-legged tick, also called the deer tick,… Read More »When it comes to ticks, “we’re number one”

Then and Now

Randy Hudson: I grew up in State College.  Contrasting the early 1960s and now: We  played baseball on a clover-filled vacant lot.  We were lucky to end any game without someone being stung by a honeybee or bumblebee. Now, weeks spent outdoors go by, and I rarely see a bee. Lots of my friends collected butterflies. If you went out to vacant fields and meadows (there were lots of them), butterflies were flying everywhere over the flowertops. You could scoop them up with a net.… Read More »Then and Now

February 2020

Monthly Meeting Feb. 18      Please join us for the monthly meeting of the State College chapter of Citizens’ Climate Lobby to be held on Tuesday, Feb. 18 at 5:30 pm at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship at the end of Waupelani Drive in State College.   The speaker on this month’s call is Bob Inglis, founder of RepublicEN, whom some of us heard when he was in State College last year.     We will share what we have been doing in the last month to advance climate action, plan… Read More »February 2020

The Future of Nuclear Energy

Here is video of a presentation made by Dr. Arthur T. Motta, professor in the Department of Nuclear Engineering at Penn State University, on November 3, 2019 at Schlow Library in State College. Dr. Motta’s talk was part of a public session sponsored by the State College Chapter of Citizens’ Climate Lobby on “The Future of Nuclear Energy.” Thanks go to State College Area School District students Nico Cárdenas-Miller and Nicholas Cole for creating this video. 

Stories From Our Friends Around the US

Our friends retired near the shore of Lake Michigan about 10 years ago built a lovely home. Luckily–it turns out–they couldn’t afford lake frontage. My wife and I and I visited 4 years ago, and a highlight was our walk along the stunning beach at the base of lakeside bluffs. Just a few years later, they write: “Our biggest environmental concern right now besides big oil (fracking in particular), Australia (our future?) and climate change is the lake. It is at historic highs. Erosion of… Read More »Stories From Our Friends Around the US

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