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January 2020

Monthly meeting The State College chapter of Citizens’ Climate Lobby will meet on Tuesday, January 21 at 5:30 pm at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship at the end of Waupelani Drive in State College.  Please come to learn about our legislative proposal and the progress that is being made on persuading people to act on climate change.  Join other enthusiastic members to plan activities and local campaigns to spread the word.  We welcome your ideas and your contributions to this effort. Calling Congress If we want our members of… Read More »January 2020

A case for supporting a Carbon Fee and Dividend policy

by Joseph Haloua** I woke up at night from a nightmare of a dystopian future where the planet was engulfed in flames and desolation. A planet where few remnants of a formerly glorious specie were recording the last events humans would ever witness. As if writing the last paragraph of a history book no one would ever read.  I went to the kitchen for a glass of cold water. As I drank I comforted myself in recognizing that I had an apocalyptic vision, a common… Read More »A case for supporting a Carbon Fee and Dividend policy

New Year’s Resolutions 2020

Happy New Year!! The most important New Year’s Resolution that you can make is to vow to act on climate.  If you have been putting it off because you did not know what you could do, this email will give you five options, some easy, some more time consuming.  Remember that you are not being asked to solve this problem alone.  It is by working together that we can bring about solutions.  Citizens’ Climate Lobby is an organization with volunteers organized into 560 chapters throughout the world… Read More »New Year’s Resolutions 2020

Letter: Expert opinions matter

Letter to the Editor by Dan Alters Two of our children live many miles from where they were raised in northcentral Pennsylvania, relocating when they found work they enjoyed or a person they wanted to share their life. Like many of their generation, they may well move again. It seems this is what humans have done for millennia — moving to make some sort of improvement to their life. Unfortunately, many people worldwide have been on the move a lot lately due to war, poverty,… Read More »Letter: Expert opinions matter

Letter: Bill would help decrease greenhouse gas emissions

Letter to the editor by Ed Cullen A recent CDT opinion piece reported that over a dozen major oil, manufacturing and energy companies have promised to lobby Congress for a carbon tax on fossil fuels. An important component of their position is that federal legislation would be preferable to a patchwork of local laws that would make compliance more difficult and expensive. Researchers from Columbia University and the Rhodium Group recently published a study of the economic and climate effects of the Energy Innovation and… Read More »Letter: Bill would help decrease greenhouse gas emissions

December 2019

The State College chapter of Citizens’ Climate Lobby will hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday, December 17, at 5:30 pm at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Centre County at the end of Waupelani Drive in State College.  Please join us as we learn about energy policy, celebrate what we have accomplished in the last month, and plan for future events.  We will discuss the stimulating presentation by Prof. Andrew Hoffman that was featured on last month’s international conference call.  You can access recordings of previous calls here. Report… Read More »December 2019

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