Marin Chapter Newsletter
May, 2020

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

Looking for something to do?
Relax. We'll keep you occupied.

Marin Chapter Zoom Breakfast
Saturday, May 9, 9:00 - 10 AM
Bring your morning beverage and hang out with your fellow chapter members from home, then pivot to the national call.
  RSVP here

National Call
With Dr. Natasha DeJarnett,
 National Environmental Health Association
10:00 AM

Earth Day with Dr. Katharine Hayhoe
Watch Mark's intro for a great picture of where CCL is now and a wonderful talk

Dr. Danny Richter
CCL's VP of Government Affairs
CCL's Legislative Path Forward | Updates from D.C.
Climate advocacy since the pandemic.

Robert Archer
Retired USAID energy economist,
Marin CCL steering committee member
Lead, CCL Economics Policy Network

Stay tuned:
Virtual National Conference:
June 13, 10:00 AM PT

Virtual Lobby Days:
June 16 and 17

Virtual Reception:
June 14 (Dress up! BYOB.)
Green Change Presents

 As long as you're confined, tune in. or email:
This is where CCL, our super radical organization, positions itself: smack dab in the radical middle

The Far Middle is the radical idea that we need to work together to solve our biggest problems, like climate change. After all, what are the chances that one side has all the exact right answers, and the other side has all the exact wrong answers? Exactly zero. 

We’re authorizing Democrats and Republicans in Congress to work together, at a safe distance, on climate solutions. Our future depends on it. Not right. Not left. Straight ahead.
Now, more than ever.
By Attorney and Boston CCL member W. Bart Lloyd

"O nly one bill is designed to be fair to all. It also happens to be the one that is most politically viable and sustainable."

A review of current carbon pricing proposals in congress, and why the Energy Innovation Act is the most equitable
Joe Biden Must Convince Climate Voters He’s a True Believer
"In fact, the former vice president has offered  a detailed roadmap f or decarbonizing the economy that is historic by any number of yardsticks—
...climate is by far the most important issue to reach persuadable voters who cast their ballots for Trump in 2016. About 10 percent of Trump voters said they are at least considering voting Democratic in 2020, and they are overwhelmingly young and care about climate."
(But no mention of carbon pricing...)
Think This Pandemic Is Bad? We Have Another Crisis Coming
Addressing climate change is a big enough idea to revive the economy.
By Rhiana Gunn-Wright
Director of climate policy, the Roosevelt Institute.
Out of time, but there's hope if we act now:

Wildlife Collapse From Climate Change Is Predicted to Hit Suddenly and Sooner
--Nature (original article)

" But if global warming was held to below 2 degrees Celsius, the number of species exposed to dangerous climate change would drop by 60 percent. That, in turn, would limit the number of ecosystems exposed to catastrophic collapse to about 2 percent."

"The benefits of early and rapid action are massive and prevent the extinction of thousands of species”  

And how exactly is that to be accomplished as long as fossil fuels remain artificially "cheap"?
We desperately need to recruit the economy with effective carbon pricing.
Why is that not more widely understood?
Recommended reading:
Foreign Affairs
May/June issue , devoted entirely to climate change

" We failed to stop the sickness this time. But we can do better with the fire next time."
The Strategic Case for U.S. Climate Leadership
How Americans Can Win With a Pro-Market Solution
George P. Shultz* and James Baker III

Sec. Shultz serves on CCL's advisory board. Both men served as US Secretaries of State and Treasury.

"Even those who remain skeptical of the environmental urgency of the problem should recognize the overwhelming strategic advantages of U.S. climate action at home and abroad. U.S. firms compete on an unlevel playing field because the current rules of the game put them at a competitive disadvantage. Rather than lower U.S. climate ambitions, a better response would be to encourage U.S. trading partners to raise their standards or penalize them for their polluting ways."

Translation: Harness the global economy with a US federal carbon fee and border carbon duty. It's the only mechanism for harmonized global carbon pricing.
Still a Chinese hoax?
Warmest Oceans on Record Add to Hurricanes, Wildfire Risks

"Parts of the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans all hit the record books for warmth last month, according to the U.S. National Centers for Environmental Information. The high temperatures could offer clues on the ferocity of the Atlantic hurricane season, the eruption of wildfires from the Amazon region to Australia, and whether the record heat and severe thunderstorms raking the southern U.S. will continue."

Buckle up.
Climate Change Multiplies the Threats of Infectious Diseases

Coronavirus Shows Us What Our Future Could Look Like During Climate Crisis

" Coronavirus, like climate, isn’t just about a singular crisis — it’s about multiple crises, stacked on top of each other, all at once . But for those of us who have lived in acute awareness of the reality of the climate crisis, the current state of pandemic dread feels awfully familiar — just a more imminent version of the dread about the climate that we have been feeling for years."

Q: When are we going to recruit the entire global economy to help us survive?
Earth Day at 50 Reveals What’s Missing in Climate Change Fight
The Earth Day jubilee is reason to celebrate the dramatic progress in cleaning up the environment—and draw the right lessons for the fight against climate change.

(It's about our culture. It needs to evolve or die.)
Meet the Climate Science Deniers Who Downplayed COVID-19 Risks
-- DeSmog Blog (sign up for free)

6 Ways Trump’s Denial of Science Has Delayed the Response to COVID-19 (and Climate Change)
Misinformation, blame, wishful thinking and making up facts are favorite techniques

5 Climate Skepticism Tactics Emerging With Coronavirus
-- Forbes

Please welcome CCL's newest advisory board member, Prof. Gilbert Metcalf
CCL is pleased to welcome to its esteemed advisory board Gilbert E. Metcalf, Professor of Citizenship and Public Service and Professor of Economics at Tufts University.

Dr. Metcalf is a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research and a University Fellow at Resources For The Future. His primary research area is applied public finance with particular interests in taxation, energy, and environmental economics. During 2011 and 2012 he served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Environment and Energy at the U.S. Department of Treasury where he was the founding U.S. Board Member for the UN-based Green Climate Fund. He is one of the 3,589 signatories of the Economists' Statement on Carbon Dividends, which endorses CCL's approach.

His most recent book is

Welcome, Prof. Metcalf!
While sheltering in place, have you been active? (Yes, it's still possible.)
Better days: Bay Area CCL members with Dr. Katharine Hayhoe (front row, blue blazer, big smile) last year when she was awarded the Stephen Schneider Award by the Commonwealth Club, before social distancing became de rigeur.

If you've (safely) done something that qualifies as a CCL activity -- interactions with the media (meetings, letters, op-eds, interviews, etc.), the public (meetings, presentations, constituent letters collected), contact with elected representative (letters, calls, questions at a town hall) -- please let us know. These important stats continue to be very impressive.
Please contact Ray Welch with the details.
Support Continues to Grow. Check it out!
What's New with the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act?
80 Congressional Cosponsors
614 Businesses
98 Faith Groups
100 Local governments
168 Nonprofits
21 News Media
384 Prominent Individuals
Got Questions?
What You Need to Know About a Federal Carbon Tax in the United States
Wondering what works?
Become an expert modeler:

This course will empower you to become a leader who can spark meaningful conversations about climate change solutions that are driven by data rather than bias

Learn from this deep MIT model what works and what doesn't in lowering fossil fuel emissions. A carbon price is the most powerful tool in the tool box but alone is insufficient. Multiple tools are needed, but without an effective price to incentivize them and amplify their impacts , nothing else gets the job done -- not even close.
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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Prepared by Peter G. Joseph, M.D. 
Apologies for cross postings