Marin Chapter Newsletter
November, 2018

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

New to CCL? Please join us at the following events. Let us know you're coming so we can personally welcome you!

Friday, November 9, 2018: Congressional Call-in Day
On Tuesday, November 13th, one week post elections, over six hundred CCL members from across the nation will meet with members of Congress in DC to ask them to enact Carbon Fee & Dividend.

By calling our representatives' offices a few days before, we amplify their voices. Staffers tell us that even 10 calls in a day is considered a landslide. If you can’t get through on Friday, leave a message in the evening, over the weekend, or Monday, which is a holiday.

Visit  this page  to use an automated call in tool or get the phone numbers of your Congressional reps, plus a script, and tips for generating more calls. It’s easy and it makes a difference. Thanks! __________________________________________
November 12-13, 2018
Congressional Education Day

CCL will again be on The Hill a week after the midterm elections. Join us if you can.

Our Call Congress Day will be November 9th .
Call your members of Congress, ask them to enact carbon fee and dividend, and help pave the way for CCL's November 13 Lobby Day in D.C.

Monday November 19, 2018

Environmental Forum of Marin

The "Great Divide": Can We Work Together for a Healthy Environment?

7:00 - 8:30 pm (doors open at 6:15 pm)
Corte Madera Community Center
498 Tamalpais Drive, Corte Madera, CA

Environmental Forum of Marin presents Congressman  Jared Huffman  and award-winning Bay Area authors,  Arlie Hochschild and Mark Hertsgaard , in a lively discussion of how and why our values and beliefs on environmental issues vary across the political divide.

November 18, 2018
Book Passage

Climate Change: Present Realities and Promising Solutions

David Kunhardt & Dr. Peter Joseph

Sunday November 18 • 10 am - 1 pm • Free to CCL members. (You can join at the door.)

This class will present the current critical status of global warming and the policy most necessary to achieve meaningful improvement: putting a price on carbon. 

David Kunhardt  – Marin CCL and Time to Lead on Climate steering committees; Climate Reality Leadership trainee; Principal, SolEd Benefit Corp; Advisor, Drawdown Marin; Graduate, Middlebury College, George Washington University's Master of Urban & Regional Planning program.

Peter G. Joseph, M.D. Group leader , Marin Citizens' Climate Lobby; Liaison to Rep. Jared Huffman and Senator Boxer (retired); 2007 Climate Reality Leadership trainee; co-author, 3 winning proposals for a US carbon price in the 2014, 2015 and 2017 MIT Climate CoLab carbon pricing contests; member, The Medical Society Consortium on Climate & Health.  Retired emergency physician; graduate of Columbia College and The University of Michigan Medical School.
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

January 26-27, 2019
Northern California Regional Conference

Mark your calendar now for CCL's annual NorCal conference. Join hundreds of your fellow volunteers and exciting speakers at this conference and see why CCL is so important and rapidly growing.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Join us at the Commonwealth Club of S.F. January 22 to honor CCL advisory board member

This event will sell out! We plan a gathering ahead of the event at 5 PM to which Dr. Hayhoe has been invited.
No Wonder Department

"After new U.N. IPCC climate report comes out, only 22 of the top 50 U.S. newspapers' homepages made note of it."
(Ignorance is deceptive bliss.)

Actually, they've known for a long time that earth's energy imbalance deposits 94% of the retained heat energy in the oceans. Now we're really seeing it.
Oh, Canada!

"After two years of presenting himself on the world stage as a climate champion, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada has put his money where his mouth is. Mr. Trudeau has pledged that all of Canada will have a price on carbon dioxide pollution by 2019.
Mr. Trudeau’s plan would impose a tax of about $15 per ton of carbon dioxide on industrial polluters, rising to about $38 by 2022. Most of the revenue would be returned to citizens in the form of rebates."

(Sounds familiar, eh?)
ICYMI: From the October newsletter

Spoiler Alert: Just about nobody. Carbon tax, carbon tax, carbon tax!

"We’re perfect for the job. If the human species specializes in one thing, it’s taking on the impossible."
(It would be even more possible if the global economy were working on our side.)

The United Nations report estimated that governments would need to impose effective carbon prices of $135 to $5,500 per ton of carbon dioxide pollution by 2030 to keep overall global warming below 1.5 degrees Celsius. Right now, the average carbon price around the world is only $8/t. CCL's proposal gets to $135/t in 12 years while stimulating the economy and protecting household budgets.

L.A. Times endorses CCL's proposal over that of the Climate Leadership Council's plan that includes shielding oil companies from liability and rolling back regulations.

"The plan pushed by the Citizens Climate Lobby would similarly escalate the per-ton tax over time and return the proceeds in a per-capita dividend, without the corporate giveaways. That’s a better option."

"Today, most companies use their significant lobbying influence to fight regulations and defang government. But that has to change in the face of this crisis. The first priority — which the IPCC makes clear — is to  put a price on carbon . Companies must lobby for escalating prices on carbon everywhere."
While everyone was distracted department:

"Last month, deep in a 500-page  environmental impact statement , the Trump administration made a startling assumption: On its current course, the planet will  warm a disastrous seven degrees  by the end of this century."

(Yikes! How'd that get in there? Heads will roll. )

They're doing great work at the school board level making climate change a children's issue. But the politics are thick.
Bummed out?
You. Are. Normal.

Trauma experts explain why you're not crazy, and that all is not lost.

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Prepared by Peter G. Joseph, M.D.