Past Newsletters from CCL Sacramento
March 2021

Dear Fellow Members of Citizens’ Climate Lobby Sacramento-

CCL anticipates that climate legislation will be proposed this spring or summer. Although there is no new carbon fee and dividend bill in the 117th Congress, CCL is hopeful that a bill will be released this spring and that it will be bipartisan.  Other signs are positive: the Biden administration has indicated that it will bring forward climate legislation and the Senate has formed a bipartisan (7 Republicans and 7 Democrats) Climate Solutions Caucus. The Caucus met in February with the Business Roundtable which supports putting a price on carbon.

There is increasing support from businesses for “a well-designed market-based mechanism” to fight climate change.  Businesses do not want to experience what occurred in 2019 and 2020 with regulation roll backs, a notable example being the changes to the federal standard for vehicle miles per gallon requirements, which gave car-makers whiplash.  Some of the businesses and businesspeople that are lining up to support strong climate action:

  • Business Roundtable - Carbon price

  • Chamber of Commerce - Market-based solution

  • American Petroleum Institute – Carbon price

  • Jeff Bezos, Janet Yellen, John Kerry, Bill Gates - Carbon price

  • GM - will sell only zero emission vehicles by 2035

  • Senator Mitt Romney, member of the Climate Solutions Caucus – carbon price

What can you do? Email your member of the House and Senate https://citizensclimatelobby.org/write-your-representative/#/74/

There is a brief pre-filled script – but always edit to personalize your email.  Suggestions include telling your Senators and Congressperson that you support putting a price on carbon because:

  • It takes care of low income households by returning a dividend that is as much or more than will be expended, for over 60% of households.

  • It is durable and will provide stability for business

  • It will reduce emissions quickly and at the least cost

 

Got Questions? Ask.

Edith Thacher
CCL Sacramento Chapter Lead
edithsccl@gmail.com 


EVENTS

Locally, our calendar is filling up with varied and interesting events.  As part of providing information on the County and City Climate Action Plans (CAP) we are working on outreach events with other local environmental organizations, such as 350 Sacramento, Sierra Club, ECOS and Breathe.

For your viewing pleasure, we will sponsor the Wild and Scenic Film Festival – you can watch 20 environmental films from the comfort of your own home. On Earth Day – April 22.  Mark your calendar!

March Dates & Announcements:

Saturday March 13 - CCL Nation Call & Sacramento Chapter monthly meeting

National call at 10 am, the speaker is Jennifer Burney of UCSD. Her research focuses on achieving global food security and mitigating climate change.   

Sacramento chapter meeting at 10:45 am. 

March 15–April 19 - Economic Benefits of Carbon Fee & Dividend  ​​​​​​​Mondays 5-6 pm 

Jerry Hinkle, CCL economist is giving this 6-week course on the economic benefits of carbon fee & dividend.  Should be really good – Dana recommends it.  Details here.   


March 14 - En-ROADS Climate Action Simulation Game   (Role Play) On-Line, 1-4 pm 

In this Simulation participants take on roles, those of climate hawks, oil companies, governments and others. Participants work to reduce emissions and explore the impact of policies that will help limit global warming to no more than 2°C (3.6°F) through 2100 with the goal of avoiding irreversible damage to the environment, global economy, and public health.

 

Read more about the En-ROADS simulator: https://www.climateinteractive.org/about/

Two minute video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x9xRwhFNMyc

Sat March 27 - Braver Angels: Bridging the Divide on Climate Solutions

While most Americans understand that climate change is real, they disagree about how to solve it. Some seek solutions that maintain the status quo, while others believe that the problem requires major systemic changes. Many agree that the topic is polarizing. This workshop, designed in collaboration with Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL), teaches communication skills that will allow people to talk more constructively with each other about solutions to climate change. 

Looking Ahead For Your Calendar – Details to come

April 22, Earth Day! – Wild and Scenic Films Fundraiser for CCL Sac
$25 per ticket gives you access to 20 terrific films for environmentalists

May 13 – Where There’s Fire, There’s Smoke. 6-8pm Themes: science of wildfires, public health and smoke, and what to do about indoor smoke

 

DONATIONS

Monthly Donations to Citizens’ Climate Lobby are now being matched $3 to $1 for 3 months. Learn more: http://cclusa.org/0321sms1

 

Dear Fellow Members of Citizens’ Climate Lobby Sacramento-

This newsletter contains a lot of great news, information on excellent upcoming events and a few good articles to read.  

 

GREAT NEWS  

The new bill for the 117th Congress, the Energy Innovation and Climate Dividend Act, HR 2307, was released by Congressman Deutch’s office last week.  HOORAY!!!!

I hope you received a boatload of messages from CCL National encouraging you to write your member of the House -- for most of us Doris Matsui (District 06) or Dr. Ami Bera (District 07) -- asking them to co-sponsor the bill.

Go here to email them: https://citizensclimatelobby.org/write-your-representative/#/74/ 

There is a script you can customize for your email and the site identifies your member of Congress for you. 

This bill is a great complement to the American Jobs Plan – we’d like carbon pricing to be part of it.

More GREAT NEWS:

Senator Dick Durbin has proposed a carbon pricing bill, S.685, America's Clean Future Fund Act of 2021.  It starts at $25 per ton and 75% of the revenue generated would go to rebates for low and middle income households.

The American Jobs Plan (Infrastructure) reimagines our economy and pushes towards lower CO2 levels in rebuilding and in investments.  It provides for an enormous investment in electric vehicles, big tax incentives for renewable energy and widespread improvements to the ailing US power grid. 

GREAT local news: 

Our monthly meeting is tomorrow, Saturday April 10 – Join us. (details below)

For Earth Day, April 22, CCL Sacramento is hosting the Wild and Scenic Film Festival. (see attachment)

Citizens’ Climate Lobby Sacramento is coordinating with the local chapters of 350.org, Sierra Club and the Environmental Council of Sacramento (ECOS) to provide comments on Sacramento County’s Climate Action Plan (CAP). Comments were submitted April 9 and a new draft will be available for public comment in May.

EVENTS

April 22 – Wild and Scenic Films 

  • $25 per ticket gives you access to 20 terrific films for environmentalists

  • Fundraiser for SacCCL (!), buy tickets !!! 

  • Send publicity info to your friends, family and other organizations – see attachment

  • Register here: https://browercenter.org/wsff-2021/   

  • Use “CCLSAC” for $5 discount

  • Films are available for viewing for 5 days, but the live, virtual event starts at 7 pm 

Dana Nuccitelli, environmental scientist, climate journalist, and member of our chapter is giving the following talks: 

For your Calendar – Details to Follow

  • April 28 – Climate Change and Public Health. 3-5 pm

    • Congressman Ami Bera’s office is partnering with us on this event.  It will include an En-ROADS (climate solutions simulator) presentation by Kathy Dodson and a discussion on climate change in Sacramento by Dr Tom Suchanek as well as a panel of health experts.

    • Dr. Bera will speak

    • Dr Bera’s Legislative Director will talk about climate legislation in the current Congress

  • May 13 – Where There’s Fire, There’s Smoke. 6-8pm 

    • Themes: climate change and  wildfires, public health and smoke, what to do about indoor smoke – Dana will speak.

    • We are partnering with Breathe and the Sacramento chapters of 350, Sierra Club, ECOS, and CA Air Resources Board on this event.

CCL NATIONAL MONTHLY MEETING

The Speaker:  Rev. Franklin Ruff, Pastor of First Baptist Church, Stillwell, KS.

At a time when distrust and animosity between our political parties appears to be at an all-time high, we need to take a step back and find ways to work together so we can solve the big problems facing our nation. We hear this month from Rev. Franklin Ruff, pastor of the First Baptist Church in Stillwell, Kansas, and past president of American Baptist Churches of the Central Region. He is also the Red Co-Chair of the Braver Angels Kansas City Alliance. Rev. Ruff is a conservative who says, "One of the things we can do to make [our country] better is look and see the humanity of others and to be humble." He'll talk about how to bridge differences and listen to each other to find common ground.

 

READING

Scientific American Article - Energy Companies Reluctantly Embrace Carbon Pricing

 

In Axios – Energy Industry Heavyweights Boost Carbon Price Lobbying

Members as diverse as the Nature Conservancy, Environmental Defense Fund, World Resources Institute, PG&E, Ford, BP, Shell, Total, Dominion Energy, DuPont, Dow, now actively lobbying for a carbon tax.   

https://www.axios.com/biden-carbon-pricing-lobbying-industry-4b3ea04b-d4c7-4762-9e8d-c9de727a7835.html?utm_campaign=organic&utm_medium=socialshare&utm_source=twitter


If you have been wondering about the true cost of subsidies to the fossil fuel industry…… a new paper was published by Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences .  Here is an article about it.    https://heated.world/p/the-true-cost-of-fossil-fuel-subsidies

April 2021
 

Fellow Members of Citizens’ Climate Lobby Sacramento,


What a difference a year makes! April 22, 2020 was the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day and we were diverted from celebrating to figuring out how to live during a pandemic….. and knew then there was no way to make progress on the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act in the 116th Congress. This April was very different.

Local Actions
In April of 2021, we celebrated Earth Day with:

  • Picking up trash along the river (at Matsui Park!)

  • Showing films from the Wild and Scenic Film Festival

  • Dana Nuccitelli spoke twice at Santa Clara University Earth Week


AND

We assisted Congressman Ami Bera’s office in putting on a climate and public health event. Rep. Bera spoke and Matt Ceccato, his District Director, provided an update on climate legislation. CCL had strong representation with Kathy Dodson and Tom Suchanek of CCL Sacramento as well as Dr. Robin Cooper and Dr. Lee Balance from CCL in the Bay Area. Kathy showed the En-ROADS climate solutions simulator and demonstrated the effectiveness of putting a price on carbon. Other participating organizations included the American Lung Association and Valley Vision.

Kudos to all who worked on this behind the scenes, too; Tom, Hal Ferber and especially Lori Morales, our chapter liaison to Congressman Bera’s office. For over a year, Lori and the Bera lobbying team have been encouraging the Congressman's office to talk to constituents about climate change. Lori and Edith Thacher worked very closely with Philip Norton, Bera’s Field Representative, to make this event happen.

We’d also like to recognize and thank the SMUD Board of Directors. They announced a plan to be zero carbon by 2030. Read the SacBee article about it for details.
~Edith Thacher

 

 

National Legislation
Progress is being made at the national level, too. The American Jobs Act has a lot in it for
climate change and a bi-partisan re-introduction of a bill to cut methane has come out of the
Senate (3 Republicans voted for it). The Growing Climate Solutions Act is also bipartisan, 21 co-
sponsors on each side of the aisle (total 42) and focuses on sequestering of carbon by farmers
and forest owners. We’ll discuss both bills at our monthly meeting May 8.

Facts you can Use – When Talking about Climate Change

  • Weather-related disasters cost the United States $95 billion and killed more than 200 people last year;

  • The climate is always changing but, in 4.6 billion years it has never warmed this fast, and seven of the hottest years ever occurred in the last 10 years;

  • The United States is the largest historical source of planet-warming emissions, which is why we need to be leaders in reducing emissions.

 

What Can You Do?
Send an electronic postcard to President Biden. Tell him you want him to put a price on carbon. It is easy and fun. Select your own photo for your postcard, think of a relevant message and go to our website to assemble: https://www.sacramentoccl.org/postcard-projectWe will batch them up to send on May 8 – write yours today!

Email your member of the House and Senate https://citizensclimatelobby.org/write-your-representative/#/74/
There is a brief pre-filled script – but personalizing your email is best. Suggestions include telling your Senators and Congressperson that you support putting a price on carbon because:

  • It takes care of low income households by returning a dividend that is as much or more than will be expended, for over 60% of households.

  • It is durable and will provide stability for business.

  • It will reduce emissions quickly and at the least cost.

 

AND – participate in our events!

 

EVENTS

Saturday, May 8, 10:00 am National Call and Sacramento Chapter Monthly Meeting

Speaker:  Andrés Jimenez, Executive Director of Green2.0

Agenda:

  • Recap the climate change/public health event with Congressman Bera

  • Prepare for lobbying our Members of Congress in June

  • Discuss: Growing Climate Solution Act and American Jobs Act – there may be secondary asks related to these bills while we are lobbying this June


Thursday, May 13, 6:00-7:30pm, Where There's Fire, There's Smoke  
Learn about climate change and wildfires, the dangers of smoke and how to protect your health
at home.  REGISTER HERE

Program Presentations and Speakers
Climate Change and Wildfires – Dana Nuccitelli, environmental scientist and climate journalist
Health Impacts of Climate Change and Smoke – Dr. Helene Margolis, epidemiologist, UC Davis
Mitigating Smoke Impacts at Home – Jeff Williams Ph.D, air pollution Specialist, CARB
Climate Action Plans -  What are they and how you can make your voice heard by the
County – Michelle Manning

Sponsoring organizations include Breathe, Citizens' Climate Lobby, Environmental
Council of Sacramento, 350 Sacramento and the Sierra Club.

Please Put These Dates on Your Future Calendar
June 12-13 - CCL virtual Conference – Register: cclusa.org/June

June 14-18 - June lobby meetings 

September 10 – Speaker event with Dr. Katharine Hayhoe, a joint event with the Sac State Renaissance Society and CCL Sacramento.INTERESTING READS

A high-level summary of the climate change actions in the American Jobs Act, and a plug for
adding a carbon price in the Washington Post.

The House GOP released their 'energy innovation agenda' during Earth Week to provide a
contrast to the Biden/Democrats climate plans. In the Yale Climate Connections, Dana
compared and contrasted them. The GOP explicitly opposed carbon pricing in their agenda, for
reasons that Ted Deutch’s bill (HR 2307) already addresses (higher energy costs for low-income
households [dividend] and disadvantaging US companies [border adjustment]). 

Deadly air pollutant ‘disproportionately and systematically’ harms Americans of color. A study in the WP finds that Black, Latino and Asian Americans face higher levels of exposure to fine particulate matter from traffic, construction and other sources.

May 2021
 

Fellow Members of Citizens’ Climate Lobby Sacramento,

Two things to do this month – write your Congress persons and attend the CCL June Conference.

The Sacramento CCL June monthly meeting is cancelled (go to the Conference instead) and note that the July monthly meeting is Saturday the 10th. Recently, Sheldon Whitehouse (D. RI) was quoted as saying, “If anybody in corporate America actually wants to show up and be heard in a positive way on a climate bill, basically they better get off their rear ends right now.”

That applies to environmentalists too. Our voices need to be clear and loud now while the infrastructure bill is being reviewed and revised (the original version has two trillion dollars that are climate change related). Write (again!) or call your Senators and member of the House – CCL has made a push for contacting our elected representatives in May. We are asking our Senators to support the Growing Climate Solutions Act and our House representatives to co-sponsor the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act.

There are two excellent articles at the end of this newsletter – one that gives an over view of the conflicting views of pricing carbon and the other on the conflicting views of environmental organizations.

~Edith Thacher
 
TO DO

Email your member of the House and Senate:
https://citizensclimatelobby.org/write-your-representative

For information about the Growing Climate Solutions Act:
https://www.dtnpf.com/agriculture/web/ag/news/world-policy/article/2021/04/21/growing-
climate-solutions-act-bi


Keep your N95 Masks – Wildfire Smoke Season is Ahead
On May 13, CCL Sacramento sponsored an event in collaboration with Breathe California, the Environmental Council of Sacramento, 350 Sacramento and the Sierra Club for the Sacramento region. Participants learned how heat and smoke affect health, the negative impacts of wildfire smoke, and what you can do about it. Bottom line – Keep your N95 and KN95 masks – you may well need them late this summer.
 
JUNE EVENTS
​​​​​​​
Saturday, June 6
Kat is holding a Potluck at 6 pm.  IF you are vaccinated, please come and celebrate! Dinner starts at 6, an environmental film will be shown at 7 pm. Meet with some of your fellow environmentalists face-to-face. Please RSVP to her - kmcomie@comcast.net

Do you have connections to a religious group?
Tom is starting outreach to ask other organizations to sponsor or support the Katharine Hayhoe event on Sept 10 at 3 pm. Can you help by reaching out to organizations, particularly religious organizations, to sponsor the event to their members? Now is the time to warm up relationships so organizations will be open to us in August. If you can help, particularly if you have contacts in a religious organization, reach out to Tom thsuchanek@ucdavis.edu    
He is developing a list of organizations and who will reach out to them.  Please help.
 
CCL NATIONAL CONFERENCE  "The Push for a Price on Carbon"

June 12 & 13 - via Zoom
Virtual and so much cheaper and easier than flying to Washington DC! Let's show up en masse!

Sat June 12, 10am to 2pm PT

Connect with others who care about climate change. There will be updates on what's happening in Washington, D.C., conversations with other supporting organizations, and training on how to be an effective grassroots advocate. 


Sun June 13 10am PT

Choose one of four workshops, 1.5 – 2.5 hours long
Learn more and Register HERE 

 
INTERESTING READS

Learn more about the current, conflicting cross currents around carbon pricing - more
businesses like it and progressives are less sure. It is a real push and pull situation.
POLITICO NEWS

From Dana: “I started writing an article about environmental groups opposing the Growing
Climate Solutions Act and carbon capture in general, and then a bunch of the same opposition
groups plus more (600+ total) came out in opposition to a clean electricity standard! That
created a bit of a panic about 'circular firing squads' and the fear that the left will torpedo our
best-ever shot at serious climate legislation. But I dove deep into it, and the good news is that
the divided groups are closer than they appear”.
YALE CLIMATE CONNECTIONS

June 2021
 

Dear Colleagues Currently Suffering Through Some of the Increasingly Terrible Impacts* of Climate Change,

Why are American businesses increasingly supporting a carbon price and other market based-climate solutions?

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Business Roundtable, the American Petroleum Institute, the International Institute of Finance, the American Chemistry Council, and the National Ocean Industries Association have all issued statements of support, in addition to thousands of small and medium-sized businesses throughout the country.

BECAUSE, our biggest trading partner (Canada) and the largest foreign market available to U.S. producers (the EU single market) are seriously considering how to impose Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanisms (CBAMs) for imported goods. These countries have carbon prices in place and those prices are climbing rapidly. American businesses will be subject to those adjustments and their goods will be more expensive to our largest trading partners. In other words, US businesses will be paying our biggest trading partners because we do not have a price on carbon.

American business wants to be able to compete on a level playing field with the rest of the world. With CBAMs becoming reality, other large economies are incentivized to either speed the implementation of their current carbon price (China) or to consider implementing a carbon price of their own (Russia). This demonstrates that carbon prices with CBAMs are strong motivators for global cooperation on a global problem. Why? Because instead of paying Europeans, that Chinese, Russian or US money could stay at home.

Americans should capitalize on our existing competitive advantage. Our production processes are already quite clean relative to the rest of the world. However, the US is one of only two developed economies without a national carbon price.

Right now, a carbon price is not a central part of our national climate discussion. It should be. The U.S. Congress must act to keep American business competitive. This must include a border carbon adjustment paired with a domestic carbon price. There are now several bills in the House and the Senate to implement a national carbon price. The one with the most co-sponsors is HR 2307, the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act with 75 co-sponsors and climbing.

If the US does not institute a price on carbon, our exports to the EU will become more expensive because they would be subject to the EU carbon border adjustment and therefore, the money from the carbon border adjustment would go to the EU. Similarly, if the US has a rigorous carbon pricing policy and a carbon border adjustment, then a country like China, which has a narrow and ineffective price on carbon, would end up paying carbon border adjustment money to the US treasury.

Please call or email your member of the House and Senate and tell them that putting a price on carbon is important to you. CLICK HERE TO START

With your phone calls and help, a carbon price will be part of the 2021 budget reconciliation bill. ~Edith Thacher, CCL Sacramento

*Increasingly Terrible Impacts, examples:

  • Heat Dome - see OR, WA, Canada and another one In the North East

  • Drought - see California’s farmers who are only getting 5% (not a typo) of their historic water allotments

  • Delta Salmon and other Fish – also at risk due to reduced water, and river water is warmer and salty sea water encroaches farther into the Delta

  • Wildfires and Smoke - just wait.

 
Carbon Price – a Quick and Excellent Summary

For a quick refresher on what a carbon price is and its benefits - listen to Fareed Zacharia, of CNN and the Washington Post. It is an excellent overview (4 minutes and well worth the time). He describes why pricing carbon pollution is the simplest, most elegant way to decarbonize the global economy.  Last Look: Why We Need a Carbon Tax 
 
UPCOMING EVENTS
 
Saturday July 10, Sacramento Chapter Monthly Meeting and National Call - 10 am to noon. There are TWO Zoom calls.

FIRST ZOOM: 10:00 – 10:40  NATIONAL CALL

The Speaker:  Allie Kelly, Executive Director of The Ray, a nonprofit that is reimagining our roadways to be greener and safer. The Ray is working on a living highway test bed to develop ways to capture solar energy, charge electric vehicles and provide a drive-through tire safety station. 

Sacramento Chapter Meeting Agenda

1. Introductions
2. Recap of lobby meeting with Congressman Bera and what we need to do next
3. Planning for meeting with Matsui’s aide
4. Supporting the event with Dr Katherine Hayhoe Sept 10
5. Coordination with other enviros on the County CAP and more
6. Discuss Save our Future Act, Senate Bill 2085, and insights into carbon pricing bills and issues
7. Discuss Keep America Competitive – The Border Adjustment Measures of other nations and keeping American businesses competitive
8. Shall we plan another event/presentation? What would be the goal?

 

September 10, 3 pm, World-renowned climate scientist, Dr Katharine Hayhoe.  
CCL Sacramento is sponsoring a talk by the world-renowned climate scientist and terrific speaker,
Dr Katharine Hayhoe. One topic she will touch on is the nexus of religion and climate change.

Save the date and can you help us to publicize this event?

We are looking for people to reach out to organizations, particularly religious organizations, to sponsor the event to their members. Now is the time to warm up relationships so organizations will be open to us in August. If you can help, particularly if you have contacts in a religious organization, reach out to Tom at thsuchanek@ucdavis.edu    He is developing a list of organizations and who will reach out to them. 

A Save the Date poster (suitable for Facebook, email, twitter and Instagram) is attached. Please share widely on your social media.
 
INTERESTING READS

Essay by Dr. Michael Mann and Susan Joy Hassol in The New York Times – That Heat Dome? Yeah, It's Climate Change.  This is Not Your Grandparents’ Climate.

A radical idea from the International Monetary Fund proposing an international carbon price floor.
Pressure is certainly building on the US to institute a carbon price.

July 2021