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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

September 2020

Monthly Meeting – September 15 at 5 pm via Zoom The news these days is dominated by the pandemic, racial justice, and the election.  Our meeting this month will be via Zoom to protect our members from contagion.  This month’s national CCL call features a speaker from the National Black Environmental Justice Network (see below).  We urge voters committed to the issue of climate change to get involved in the political process.  Lisa Richardson has outlined below some things you can do.   Even amidst these… Read More »September 2020

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

August 2020

     The monthly meeting of the State College chapter of Citizens’ Climate Lobby will be held via Zoom on Tuesday, August 18 at 5 pm.  For the Zoom link, you can email pastatecollege@citizensclimatelobby.org. One of CCL’s goals is to demonstrate wide community support for action on climate change.  All of us know people whose voices would carry weight and help to persuade our elected officials to take measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  In our August meeting we will hear from CCL members about how they successfully approached… Read More »August 2020

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

July 2020

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

The Centre Region Climate Action Plan

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

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.