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?
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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
By Dick Jones Our public discourse encourages us to believe that we live in a world of stark binary choices. Red state-blue state, liberal-conservative, capitalist-socialist. Nuance is so 20th century. That’s the case with the attention given to the Green New Deal, the plan championed by New York representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Massachusetts senator Ed Markey. While its centerpiece is a stimulus program with incentives to move the United States to 100% renewable energy by 2030, the Green New Deal also contains an “economic bill of rights”… Read More »Climate watch: It’s not the Green New Deal or nothing at all
Here is the latest in Mark Neely’s series of reviews of books on climate change. Review of Joshua P. Howe, Behind the Curve: Science and the Politics of Global Warming (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2014)This review has benefited from discussion with Carl Evensen, Milton Cole, and Sylvia Neely. Historian Joshua P. Howe offers readers an able narrative of the development of climate change issues in American politics and government from the Cold War to 2014, by which time, he argues, the issue had moved… Read More »Book Review: Behind the Curve
By Dick Jones This Earth Day, lawmakers should support an end to ‘socialized soot’ When former South Carolina Republican Congressman Bob Inglis was in State College in February to speak at Penn State’s “Sustainability Showcase,” he called for an end to “socialized soot.” The fossil-fuel industry gets a free pass on the health, environmental and national defense costs of its products. While profits are safely privatized, many of the industry’s costs are socialized — borne by society at large. Inglis, who for 12 years represented… Read More »Earth Day Op Ed
On Sunday afternoon at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Penn State Professors, Dr. Joel Landry and Dr. Seth Blumsack, delivered their joint lecture, “Climate Change: The Cost of Doing Nothing.” Both professors emphasized that change needs to start with individuals no matter the policy choices made at state and federal levels throughout their presentations. “We are all going to have to engage in fairly large-scale adaptation,” Blumsack said. “We ought to be thinking about things like our transportation systems and our buildings because the amount of cooperation… Read More »Penn State Professors Talk Climate Change in Joint Lecture
On Sunday, April 7 at 3 p.m., Penn State professors Dr. Joel Landry and Dr. Seth Blumsack will present their lecture: “Climate Change: The Cost of Doing Nothing” at St. Andrews Episcopal Church downtown. This event will be sponsored by the State College chapter of Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL). The two professors will discuss the economic impacts of climate change. Blumsack’s and Landry’s research and teachings have centered around energy, electric power systems, electricity markets, regulatory economic policies, climate change policies, and energy and transportation… Read More »Citizens’ Climate Lobby Hosts “The Benefits of Doing Something …” Lecture