On Tuesday, January 12th the City of Ann Arbor Energy Commission voted nine to one to endorse the carbon fee and dividend proposal of Citizens’ Climate Lobby!
According to Commissioner Stephen Raiman, who introduced the resolution in support of CCL’s proposal, “Carbon pollution is expensive for society, and the market should reflect that. The Citizens’ Climate Lobby has a fair and realistic plan for reducing GHG emissions. Their Carbon Fee and Dividend plan is consistent with the goals of the Energy Commission, and with the values of the people of Ann Arbor.
The Energy Commission recommends that the Ann Arbor City Council also endorse the Fee and Dividend proposal. This will be brought up at a future City Council meeting.
Ann Arbor CCL is pleased that the Energy Commission recognizes Carbon Fee and Dividend as a promising plan to quickly reduce GHG emissions while benefiting the economy, and is very grateful for their support and encouragement. Building broad support is key to passing such legislation, and the Energy Commission’s endorsement demonstrates that leaders in our community are with us.
Our guest speaker at our January meeting is Hahrie Han. Han is the Anton Vonk Associate Professor of Environmental Politics in the Department of Political Science at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She specializes in the politics of environmental and social policy, focusing particularly on the role that civic associations play in mobilizing participation in politics and policy advocacy.
Hahrie is also the author of the book, How Organizations Develop Activists.
The January meeting takes place at the First Unitarian Universalist Congregation (4001 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd) from 12:45 – 2:45 pm. All are welcome!
Retired Navy Rear Admiral David Titley
Our guest for the December call is Dr. David Titley, a professor of practice in meteorology at Pennsylvania State University and the founding director of their Center for Solutions to Weather and Climate Risk. He was also NOAA’s chief operating officer from 2012-2013. Before assuming these positions, he was a rear admiral and the chief oceanographer of the U.S. Navy, in which he served for 32 years.
While serving in the Pentagon, Dr. Titley initiated and led the US Navy’s Task Force on Climate Change.
On November 14, Barbara, John and Ginny gave a presentation about CCL to the Adrian Dominican Sisters, at the Weber Center in Adrian, MI
The sisters were very welcoming and receptive to the presentation. Unexpectedly, there was at least one person in the audience who disputed the premise that climate change is happening. It made the presenters realize they need to be better prepared for how to handle that type of reaction in the future!
Our next meeting is Saturday, December 5, 12:45 – 2:45 pm, First Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 4001 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Starting in January, meetings will be on the second Saturday of the month.
Recent op-eds and columns we discussed today:
Upcoming events of interest:
- Sunday, November 8, 1:00 – 2:00pm, First Unitarian. Food Waste Forum. Co-sponsored by First UU’s Climate Action Group and Mindful Eating Coalition, and Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice. Will focus on why food waste is a climate problem and how we can help solve the problem.
- Tuesday, November 10, 4:00 – 5:30pm, Weill Hall. A conversation with former Republican Congressmen Mike Rogers and David Camp. Hosted by Former Republican Congressman and UM Visiting Lecturer, Joe Schwarz.
- Wednesday, November 11, 5:00 – 7:00pm, Rackham Auditorium. Gasland: a multimedia presentation on fracking by Josh Fox
- Thursday, November 19, 6:30pm, Dana Natural Resources Building, room 1028. Environment Michigan panel on the EPA Clean Water Rule. Speakers: Bivouac owner, farmer Richard Andre from Tantre Farms, elected official (TBD)
- Monday, November 23, 11:30am – 1:00pm, Weill Hall. Cheap and Clean: How Americans Think about Energy in the Age of Global Warming
- Thursday, December 3, 7:30pm, St. Mary’s Student Parish. Sister Simone Campbell: “Creating an Economy of Inclusion: Pope Francis’ Call to Common Good”. More information and register here. This is a fundraiser for RESULTS and open to the public. (flyer attached).
- Wednesday, December 9, 5:00 – 7:00pm, Dana Natural Resources Building, room 1040. Free screening of Merchants of Doubt. Sponsored by SNRE, Citizens Climate Lobby, Divest & Invest
- Saturday, December 12, 2:00 – 4:00pm, Downtown Ann Arbor. Michigan Climate March.
Reminders on how to get more information about Ann Arbor CCL:
- Ann Arbor CCL Website
- Ann Arbor CCL Google Group. To exchange information with other members and find out about letter-to-the-editor opportunities. To join, visit the web site and then click on the link to subscribe, or send me an email.
- If you would like to listen to a recording of the call, access it here.
- More details on the monthly actions here, including suggestions for writing to Senators and writing letters to the editor.
- Guest speaker Rob Williams from Resources For the Future first addressed why economists favor a carbon tax over a carbon cap, then summarized the results of two studies examining 3 different methods of recycling the revenue from a carbon tax: 1) Tax cut on capital income; 2) Tax cut on labor income; 3) Lump sum dividend. Option 1 is more efficient over all, but the lowest 3 quintiles fare best under option 3.
- Highlights of CCL successes last month:
- Ontario, Canada held 18 lobby meetings last month
- Canada got a CCL public service announcement during the final world series game
- Fresno, CA had 11 LTE published last month
- Ithaca, NY succeeded in getting their congressman to be the 12th co-sponsor of the Gibson Resolution
- Texas Energy Freedom Tour. Read about this amazing outreach project here.
- CCL supporters in all but one US Congressional district (Mississippi 01)
- 246 Letters to the editor published last month, 2186 year-to-date
- 339 op-eds published year-to-date
- Fall Fundraising appeal. Please consider donating and asking for friends and family to donate on Giving Tuesday, December 1, when there will be a 1-day, $25,000 matching grant. Make your donation using this link.
- LM described efforts to get editorial board meeting with Detroit Free Press and Detroit News. No meeting scheduled yet, but still working on it.
- KH talked about planning for the Michigan Climate March on December 12, starting at 2pm in front of the Federal Building. Please help spread the word for this big event. RSVP here and invite your friends to the Facebook event
- Made plans to have a CCL table in the First UU social hall after the climate change-focused service on Nov 22. Service being planned by members of the Climate Action Group, including KH (lead) and JS.
- Talked about hosting Green Drinks event on first Thursday in January. GR will reserve room at Arbor Brewing.
- Personal goals:
- GR: write LTE, write to senators, planning for climate march, planning for Merchants of Doubt
- DB: working on how to get information in bulletin for church
- LM: editorial board meeting, publicity for march
- BB: write to senators, write to Walberg suggesting R’s come up with alternative to new keep-it-in-the-ground bill
- DG: speakers for march, meeting with Dingell
- MK: continue with endorsements, write to senators
- WL: research websites with big audiences for climate change
- BB: get involved in march planning
- JS: prepare for presentation, write to Obama to thank for Keystone decision, bring one friend to march
- LJ: revise climate change sermon and send out, continue research on health impacts of climate change
Please mark your calendars now for the Michigan Climate March!
Saturday, December 12, 2015
starting at 2:00 pm in front of the Federal Building (200 E. Liberty) in downtown Ann Arbor
Whether or not you have been active with CCL up til now, this is a great opportunity to come out and demonstrate your support for action on climate change. We would love to have as diverse and broad a crowd as possible. Our purpose for the march is to call attention to the need to act on climate change, and to ask our State leaders for a just transition to 100% renewable energy by 2050. The march is timed to coincide with the end of the Paris climate talks, to encourage continued action following the negotiations.
The march will start in front of the Federal Building, proceed through downtown Ann Arbor, and end on the U of M Diag with a rally and speakers.
Please help spread the word to friends, family, and organizations all across the state to make this the biggest call to action on climate change in Michigan history.
**RSVP here and invite your friends to the Facebook event**
Download and print this 16×20 poster to help promote the event:
Rob Williams from Resources for the Future
Our guest for the November call is Rob Williams, Senior Fellow and Director of Academic Programs at Resources for the Future (RFF). He’ll discuss results from two recent papers RFF published that examine the different impacts a revenue-neutral carbon fee would have across U.S. states and across income quintiles if the revenue was recycled to reduce corporate taxes, to reduce payroll taxes, or returned as a dividend. Rob and his RFF colleague Dallas Burtraw will also be featured at the Nov. 19 briefings on Capitol Hill before members of Congress.
Rob holds a PhD in economics from Stanford and is a professor at the University of Maryland, College Park. He is also a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research.
Our next meeting is Saturday, November 7, 12:45 – 2:45 pm, First Unitarian Universalist Congregation (4001 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd). Mark your calendars now.
Here are links for some of the items discussed in the meeting:
We have a great opportunity to do some outreach in Detroit and expand CCL’s presence there. If you can spare a couple of hours on October 23-25 to help with tabling at the Great Lakes Bioneers conference at Marygrove College in Detroit, please sign up here. At a minimum, we need one person for each time slot, though it is nice to have 2 people. If you’re new to tabling, you can sign up to work with someone else.
- If you would like to listen to a recording of the call, access it here.
- CCL Legislative Director Danny Richter gave a brief summary of how the Gibson Resolution came about. You can listen to a 15 minute podcast in which he explains more of the details here.
- The guest speaker, Dr. Patrick Verkooijen of the World Bank, spoke about the World Bank’s involvement in dealing with climate change, and specifically, how they have been advocating for carbon pricing to be part of the Paris climate negotiations.
- CCLs involvement in the Paris climate negotiations: PathwayToParis.org
- Mark Reynolds explained the two-fold purpose of the targeted lobby day on November 17. First, to brief members of Congress on the results of our June lobbying. Second, to invite them to attend briefings on carbon pricing and carbon usage given by Resources for the Future, a top economic research firm in DC.
- CCL volunteer Rob Hogg is running for US Senate in Iowa.
- Rear Admiral David W. Titley (ret.) is the newest member of CCL’s advisory board.
- MK described her efforts to contact all of the Washtenaw County Commissioners to seek their endorsement of Carbon Fee and Dividend.
- We did tabling at several events: UM’s EarthFest, Our Climate Change Legacy summit for elders, Detroit March for Justice.
- We scheduled a presentation on November 14 for the Adrian Dominican Sisters.
- DG submitted an op-ed to the Detroit News, which has not been published so far.
- We brainstormed ways to do outreach and recruit new members. Here are some of the ideas we came up with:
- Put on a skit about climate change / CCL at a coffee shop, such as Espresso Royale.
- Climate Trivia night at Conor O’Neill’s
- Host a Green Drinks evening
- Host a screening of Merchants of Doubt or This Changes Everything. Possible locations/partners: School of Natural Resources and the Environment, UM student groups (Divest & Invest, Students for Clean Energy), Ann Arbor Public Library, UU Church.
- Talk to family, friends and colleagues; ask them to go to the CCL website and click on the red Join CCL button to demonstrate support. (They enter their name and email address and will get one monthly newsletter).
- We talked about possible ways to get the Detroit News to publish an op-ed from us. LM suggested getting a big business to partner with us, such as Ford (!). MB suggested getting AATA to partner with us.
Lots of information in this message:
- Next Meeting Date
- Upcoming Events
- CCL Ann Arbor Google Group
- September Actions
- September Meeting Summary
Next Meeting Date
So as not to conflict with the Detroit March for Justice on October 3 (see below), we have rescheduled the October meeting for:
Saturday, October 10, 10am – noon. First Unitarian Universalist (4001 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd).
The meeting time is 10am because there is a 3:30 UM football game this day, and we will be listening to recording of the national call.
Events of Interest
- Green Drinks: update on the Climate Action Plan. Wednesday, September 23, 5:00-6:30, Ecology Center (339 E Liberty, Suite 300).
- Climate Change Summit aimed at those age 50 and up. Friday, September 25, 7-9:30pm & Saturday, September 26, 9am-6pm, Zion Lutheran Church (1501 W. Liberty). *** See note below about tabling for this event
- 350.org Power Through Paris organizing workshop on how to build momentum in the climate movement as we head towards the Paris climate talks. Saturday, September 26, 10am, First United Methodist Church.
- Can We Achieve Sustainability within a Capitalist System? Lecture by Dr. Paul Robbins (University of Wisconsin-Madison) and faculty panel discussion. Thursday, October 1, 4-6pm, Dana Building, UM Campus.
- Detroit March For Justice. Saturday, October 3, noon-4pm, Roosevelt Park to Hart Plaza. A group from Ann Arbor will be going, as well as from other Michigan CCL Chapters. Let me know if you’re thinking about going, and be sure to RSVP using the link above.
*** If you are available to help with tabling at the Climate Change Summit on September 26, between 11:30am – 1pm, please let me know. Larry Junck will be there and it would be helpful to have one or two more to help answer questions.
CCL Google Group
The CCL Ann Arbor Google Group is Citizens Climate Lobby Ann Arbor. The group is intended as a way for members of the group to exchange information on topics of interest. Messages sent to the group are received by all members of the group. To Join the group, either visit the web page and click on the link to subscribe, or send me an email and I’ll add you. Once you are a member, you can send a message to the group by sending it to: email@example.com.
Here are the suggested actions for the month of September. Any and all can participate — the more the better! Please do what you can. For more information on writing letters, see the attached Action Sheet document. If you send letters to your MOC or get a letter to the editor published, please let me know so I can keep a tally.
- Write letters to the editor and op-eds related to the Pope’s visit to the US and appearance before a joint session of congress next week.
- Write letters to your members of Congress, highlighting the Pope’s visit and calling for action on change.
- Bonus: Ask Republican Representatives to co-sponsor the Gibson resolution on climate change that was introduced Thursday, and participate in the Congressional Call-In on Monday, September 28.
Group Leader, Ann Arbor Chapter