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UAJA solar project to create $7 million in energy savings

By DICK JONESSpecial to the Gazette STATE COLLEGE — The University Area Joint Authority’s solar energy project is expected to create at least $7 million in energy savings over a 30-year span. That’s what a group of 50 people, including municipal and county officials and members of Citizens’ Climate Lobby, learned during a presentation and tour on Sept. 22. Cory Miller, UAJA’s executive director, explained the finances, benefits, maintenance and administration of the solar energy effort, which is a public-private partnership between UAJA and New… Read More »UAJA solar project to create $7 million in energy savings

‘Something to be proud of’: State College residents go on tour of solar array

Melissa Manno, The Daily Collegian “But where is all of this energy coming from?” one audience member joked as a projector and lights were put on in preparation for the oncoming presentation. “All solar,” Cory Miller responded. “All of it’s coming from our solar grid.” The State College chapter of Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL) sponsored a tour and presentation of the University Area Joint Authority solar array on Sept. 22 at UAJA’s Spring Control Facility. State College’s CCL chapter is one of 550 chapters worldwide… Read More »‘Something to be proud of’: State College residents go on tour of solar array

Op-Ed: Climate Change and the Constitution

By Sylvia Neely Climate change is a big problem and it calls for big solutions. No matter how conscientious we may be at reducing our personal greenhouse gas emissions, ultimately we need to find solutions at a national level to avoid the worst consequences of climate change. This effort must be bipartisan, for both practical and ideological reasons. Even if we imagine a victory by Democrats in 2020, giving the party most closely identified with climate change control of the House, Senate, and Presidency, it… Read More »Op-Ed: Climate Change and the Constitution

Book Review: Carbon Capture, Howard Herzog

A review of Howard J. Herzog, Carbon Capture (Cambridge: MIT Press, 2018), 198 pp. Some solutions to climate change roam the earth looking for someone to champion them. Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) has few friends. Liberals think it is a figleaf over continued use of fossil fuels. CCS, they say, allows business as usual under the vague technological promise that CCS will someday remove what we are carelessly putting into the atmosphere now. On the other hand, conservatives seem to regard CCS as another… Read More »Book Review: Carbon Capture, Howard Herzog

Letter: Making a difference with climate change

Eric Boeldt Jonathan Brockopp’s piece in the Aug. 4th edition of the CDT concerning the ethics of climate change was very interesting, but did not go far enough. He did not mention an ethical way to solve the problem of human caused global warming. He mentioned that we should each minimize our carbon footprint, but that is, as we know, the bare minimum. He also mentioned helping others rebuild who have been devastated by global warming, but that is not fixing the problem. Helping others… Read More »Letter: Making a difference with climate change

August 2019

Monthly Meeting The monthly meeting of the State College chapter of Citizens’ Climate Lobby will be held on Tuesday, August 13 at 5 pm at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship at the end of Waupelani Drive in State College.  I hope you can join us as we learn about the growing momentum in Congress to put a price on carbon.  A focus of our meeting will be to review what we accomplished last year and to develop a plan for the coming academic year.  If you are unable… Read More »August 2019

Opinion: Bipartisanship needed in the ‘war’ on climate change

By Mark Neely Back in 2009, Stanford engineering professor Mark Z. Jacobson and transportation scientist Mark Delucchi, of the University of California at Davis, laid out “A Plan for a Sustainable Future” in Scientific American. It would get the world to an all wind-water-solar economy by 2030. Later the deadline was moved back to 2050, but what stuck was not so much the details of the engineering plan as the casual estimate of the degree of national effort required. “Society has achieved massive transformations before,”… Read More »Opinion: Bipartisanship needed in the ‘war’ on climate change

July 2019

Happy Fourth of July from the State College chapter of Citizens’ Climate Lobby. Our monthly meeting will be on Tuesday, July 9, at 5 pm at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship at the end of Waupelani Drive in State College.  Our focus this month will be on preparing for tabling.  Our big tabling events are coming up (see below) and we need volunteers to help.  It’s a new game for everyone, newcomers and veterans alike, now that our bill, HR 763, is in Congress.  So let’s all get ready… Read More »July 2019

Centre Climate: How is national security affected by climate change?

By Dick Jones In January the Pentagon issued an ominous report to Congress on how climate change impacts the armed forces and national security. Two-thirds of 79 “mission-essential” military installations are vulnerable to flooding. Half are exposed to wildfires and mudslides. “The effects of a changing climate are a national security issue with potential impacts to DOD missions, operational plans and installations,” said Defense Department spokesperson Heather Babb in a Bloomberg News story about the report. Recent storm damage to Air Force bases Tyndall in… Read More »Centre Climate: How is national security affected by climate change?

June 2019

Congressional Call-In Day Citizens’ Climate Lobby has something special that you can do in June.  The national conference will take place in Washington, DC beginning on June 9 and concluding with lobby day on June 11, when 1200 volunteers will meet with elected representatives on Capitol Hill.  You can help make sure that they receive a warm welcome in the congressional offices by making a call on June 5 urging climate action.  To make it easy for you to take part on Congressional Call-In Day, CCL has… Read More »June 2019