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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

Op-Ed: Many businesses now clamoring for a fee on carbon

By Dick Jones “Years from now, we’ll look back on May 2019 as a breakthrough moment, when business engagement in climate policy gathered strength and became an unstoppable movement.” So said Victoria Mills, managing director of the Environmental Defense Fund, in an article she wrote for Greenbiz. What happened in May was that many companies publicly committed to the stance that Citizens’ Climate Lobby has championed since its founding 12 years ago: a price on carbon. And they promised to lobby Congress for it. Who… Read More »Op-Ed: Many businesses now clamoring for a fee on carbon

Book review: Falter

Review of Bill McKibben, Falter: Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out? (New York: Henry Holt, 2019), 291 pp., no illus. or maps. Bill McKibben forges into new territory in this book, bringing together the threat of climate change with fears of Artificial Intelligence and of gene modification. His conclusion is that the three developments are causing mankind to “falter,” that is, to come near to extinction. He stops short of proclaiming the end of the human race, but it is faltering, tilting,… Read More »Book review: Falter

November 2019

Reminder:  Our special presentation on “The Future of Nuclear Energy” will be this coming Sunday, November 3 at 2 pm at Schlow Library, 211 S. Allen Street in State College.  Our two speakers are Arthur T. Motta, professor in the Department of Nuclear Engineering at Penn State University and David J. Allard, director of the Bureau of Radiation Protection at the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.  Their presentations will be followed by a question and answer period.  Parking is free on the street on Sunday… Read More »November 2019

Opinion: Bipartisan hope emerging on climate change

By MARK REYNOLDS and DIANE MILLS As impeachment proceedings ratchet up the partisan tension in Washington, there’s still hope that progress can be made on pressing problems of the day. It appears Republicans and Democrats are coming together on one issue that once seemed intractable: Climate change. In the Senate, Republican Mike Braun of Indiana is teaming with Maryland Democrat Chris Coons to form a bipartisan climate solutions group. The Senate group complements the bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus in the House established in 2016. It… Read More »Opinion: Bipartisan hope emerging on climate change

Op-Ed: Solar Energy, Carbon Fee and Nuclear Energy Are Topics for Climate Discussions

by Sylvia Neely and Dick Jones** Recently about 50 people, including local municipal and county officials, toured the solar installation at the University Area Joint Authority which provides wastewater treatment for five municipalities. Cory Miller, UAJA’s executive director, described steps that UAJA is taking to save energy, steps that are expected to create at least $7 million in savings over 30 years. The first phase of this project, consisting of 7,600 solar panels in a field in College Township as well as a 1.5 megawatt… Read More »Op-Ed: Solar Energy, Carbon Fee and Nuclear Energy Are Topics for Climate Discussions

Centre Climate: How local groups are making a difference, and how to join them

BY JONATHAN BROCKOPP Greta Thunberg, that inspiring Swedish activist, has received a lot of attention for her strong words on climate change. “How dare you!” she famously scolded world leaders at the United Nations, adding: “You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words.” But locally, our children have been just as outspoken. I attended the “climate strike” on Sept. 20, where one young activist pointed out that they feel forced “to do the brunt of the work, because our older generations –… Read More »Centre Climate: How local groups are making a difference, and how to join them

October 2019

Monthly Meeting The State College chapter of Citizens’ Climate Lobby will hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday, October 15 at 5:30 pm at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship at the end of Waupelani Drive in State College.  We will share what we have done since the last meeting, learn more about CCL and our signature bill, the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act, and plan future activities.  Please join us. News from our State College chapter –Lots of Constituent Letters One of the ways volunteers for… Read More »October 2019

Who is my neighbor when it comes to climate change?

by Dick Jones Jesus knew how to tell a story. He understood that none of the people listening to his parable—least of all the lawyer who asked, “Who is my neighbor?”—would have considered a Samaritan fit for that description. That was the whole point. He was showing his audience how to think outside the box. So who is my neighbor when it comes to climate change? To answer that question, I invite you to arrive at an understanding of neighborhood that goes beyond our street address, our… Read More »Who is my neighbor when it comes to climate change?

September 2019

Monthly Meeting The State College chapter of Citizens’ Climate Lobby will hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday, September 17 at 5:30 pm at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship at the end of Waupelani Drive in State College.  Please note the change of meeting time.  We will henceforth meet on the third Tuesday of the month at 5:30. We hope that this change will make it possible for more people to attend.  Please join us to plan our activities for the coming year, to share news of our accomplishments, and… Read More »September 2019