Marin Chapter Newsletter
December, 2019

CCL exists to create the political will for climate solutions by enabling individual breakthroughs in the exercise of personal and political power. -- Mission Statement

Next general membership meeting
Saturday, January 11, 2020
0930-Noon, San Anselmo
Listen to the national call, meet your fellow activists, neighbors and new members, orient to Community website, address your questions and find your niche.
Please register here .


NorCal Regional Conference
January 18-19

Meet your fellow climate activists! Hundreds will attend from all over Northern California, practicing
CCL's core values of:
Jan. 13, 6-8pm – Good Earth, Mill Valley
Good Earth, at 201 Flamingo Rd., Mill Valley, CA 94941 .
Meet in the new classroom next to UPS, in the south corner of the building. CCL will be there.

2020 Climate Resilience Series
At the Corte Madera Community Center)

Part I-Sun: Community Microgrids: Renewable Energy and Resilience
February 4   Register here

Part II-Water: Sea Level Rise and Nature-Based Adaptation
March 17

Part III-Earth: Healthy Agricultural Soils for a Climate Resilient Planet
May 5
A Cool New Tool!
Wondering what works?
Learn from this deep MIT model what works and what doesn't in lowering fossil fuel emissions. (Hint: a carbon price is the most powerful tool in the tool box but alone is not enough. We need multiple tools, but without an effective price to amplify their impacts, nothing else does the job.)
Greta Thunberg at COP 25
Another scathing plea to the world assembly. She's got her numbers down and speaks the truth with a sweet, sharp tongue.
"There is hope, but it comes from the people."
Listen up!

An excellent 45 minute deep dive into The Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act.
Includes CCL's Dr. Danny Richter and
Cal Air Resources Board chair Mary Nichols
It’s time for the United States to get the climate policy right
by Jonathan Marshall, former economics editor, SF Chronicle
Another urgent reason to transition away from fossil fuels:
Fugitive Methane:
It’s a Vast, Invisible Climate Menace. We Made It Visible.
Wow! The bankers are on board.
International Monetary Fund:
The world needs a massive carbon tax in just 10 years to limit climate change

(Hint: how do we get there without hurting people? Don't be France: return the revenues back to them. )

Speaking of which:
What's New with the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act?
75 Congressional Cosponsors
543 Businesses
91 Faith Groups
88 Local governments
145 Nonprofits
21 News Media
359 Prominent Individuals
 What You Need to Know About a Federal Carbon Tax in the United States

How to Cut U.S. Carbon Pollution by Nearly 40 Percent in 10 Years
A bill in Congress could slash American greenhouse-gas emissions. It’s even bipartisan—if you squint.

" In Washington, the immaculate solution to climate change has a name: a bipartisan, revenue-neutral carbon tax. The idea should have wide appeal. Under the plan, the government would charge companies for every ton of greenhouse gas they emit. Instead of spending that money, the government would immediately send it back to Americans as a tax cut or check. Over time, Americans would make greener choices (a win for Democrats) without growing the size of the government (a win for Republicans). And so climate change would slow (a win for everyone)."
Got Security?
Army War College: The U.S. Military is “Precariously Underprepared” for Climate Change
...but, but, I live on a hill...
 Got refugees?

Sea level rise could hit 2 meters by 2100 - much worse than feared

"What would you do if you knew what I know?"
--James Hansen, former chief NASA climate scientist and CCL Advisory Board member

The data tell them it's long past time to migrate from their labs and comfort zones and take action, like Jim Hansen did years ago. Watch his prophetic TED talk here .

A Prophet of Doom Was Right About the Climate
(He wishes he'd been wrong.)

Green New Deal vs. Carbon Tax: A Clash of 2 Worldviews, Both Seeking Climate Action
Why a Green New Deal Must Include a Carbon Tax


" Some GND supporters, it seems, see a carbon tax as too timid, like trying to fight a forest fire with a garden hose. They have just read the  latest U.N. report and the new  National Climate Assessment . They see the clock ticking on global catastrophe. A carbon tax may be a nudge in the right direction, they say, but it is still just a nudge. They want to make big changes, and make them fast."

"My answer to those fears is that a carbon tax can be a lot more than a tweak or a nudge. It can be as powerful a tool as Green New Dealers are willing to make it. In fact, it should be the centerpiece of a GND package . Here are some ideas how the too-timid kind of carbon tax you may have been thinking about could be made much bolder."
Extra Credit

Econ 202:

"A decade after the world bailed out finance, it’s time for finance to bail out the world."
(Hint: with a carbon tax, which creates positive financial feedback loops.)

By Adam Tooze, history professor and director of the European Institute at Columbia University 

" Economists at the Bank of England have laid out two divergent economic scenarios for the transition away from fossil fuels. One is a world in which governments are able to persuade industry that they are serious about zero emissions. Steep taxes on carbon are backed by all parties and stakeholders and are telegraphed far in advance. This clarity of vision encourages industry to invest heavily in alternatives to carbon.

As a result of large-scale investment, the cost of renewable energy falls swiftly. That, in turn, makes it more credible for governments to commit to full-scale decarbonization because the trade-offs will be less painful. Financial markets’ positive assessment of government climate policy then serves to confirm the investment decisions of the private sector. In this scenario, those with fossil fuel assets face losses, but those losses are clearly identified and can be efficiently priced. The financial system doesn’t suffer a shock."

"In the other scenario, governments talk about climate change but take no credible steps to shift the energy mix. As a result, private sector investment in renewables remains low. Fossil fuels continue to enjoy significant cost advantages in key areas such as motor vehicles, airline travel, and electricity generation in poorer countries. Oil companies continue to deploy sophisticated new technologies to unlock new reserves. The fracking revolution continues at pace and spreads worldwide. The low cost of fossil fuels makes it hard to believe that politicians are serious about a zero-emissions future. In this scenario, fossil fuel companies like ExxonMobil and their shareholders are the winners—at least until catastrophic global warming takes hold."

" Only when carbon is properly priced will there be a major economic incentive to large-scale private investment. But even that may not be enough. To generate substantial private investment, governments will need to establish a credible commitment to decarbonization. The scale of the leap required is huge. Between fiscal years 1978 and 2018, spending by the U.S. Energy Department on research in renewable energy came to a grand total of $27.65 billion in constant 2016 dollars. That’s less than Americans spent on pet food and treats last year."

Please contribute to Marin CCL
Help cover printing and other expenses for tabling, outreach, youth participation, etc.
Send your (non-tax deductible) check to:
Marin Citizens' Climate Lobby
95 Central Avenue, Sausalito, CA 94965
If everyone contributed 10 bucks we'd be more than fine!
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They're doing great work at the school board level making climate change a children's issue. But the politics are thick.

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Prepared by Peter G. Joseph, M.D.