Marin CCL Newsletter

July 3, 2023

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Highlights from CCL's D.C. conference

ICYMI, here you can wonk out! It was an excellent, inspiring event worth watching.

Climate as a National Security Issue: speakers from the American Security Project, retired military leaders representing the U.S. Marine Corps, Air Force and Navy.

Permitting Reform Panel: An entertaining and deeply informative panel discussion spanning right, left and center views on this critical issue now before Congress.

Rachel Kyte, former World Bank V.P., Dean of the Fletcher School, Tufts University, presents day one closing remarks. Insightful and inspiring.

Ambassador Frances Rooney, former House R-FL, coauthor of the first Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act (soon to be reintroduced, we're told), discussing...wait for it... bipartisanship. Now that he's out of office, he can be forthright and his inside experience very helpful. Quite a few laughs, too.

Catching Up on Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanisms: Still confused? Have no fear. This discussion among experts from the Niskanen Center and Climate Leadership Council will help. CBAM is coming, US industry is already ahead of the curve, and Congress is racing to catch up.

Here's the entire conference

Marin/Sonoma Membership Meeting

Saturday, July 8, 2023 at 0900 PT

Please join us here on zoom

We'll hear from our youth action team members who attended their first DC conference and lobbying on The Hill, then we'll discuss California legislation now percolating in Sacramento aimed at preparing our electric grid for the widespread "electrify everything" we need. Learn how you can participate.

Then join the CCL National call

Saturday, July 8 at 1000 PT


The speaker is Sarahia Benn, Executive Director of Policy Foundation of Maryland, who focuses on the critical topic of climate justice.

Climate Science Ask Me Anything with

Dr. Benjamin Santer

Tuesday, July 11 @ 5 PM PT 

Dr. Santer worked for 30 years at the DOE's Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory on climate modeling and is now a visiting scholar at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute. Back in 1995, he was the convening lead author of the IPPC report which concluded that “the balance of evidence suggests a discernible human influence on global climate.”

Any remaining doubts about humans' role in climate change is laid to rest in Dr. Santer's recent paper, Exceptional stratospheric contribution to human fingerprints on atmospheric temperature. By demonstrating cooling of the mid- to upper stratosphere, he proves correct the 1967 prediction that human-caused increases in lower atmospheric CO2 would warm Earth’s troposphere and cool the stratosphere. This can't be attributed to natural causes. The debate is over.

Please welcome Dr. Santer here on

Tuesday, July 11, 5 PM PT.

Not your dorm room wall

Jet stream today “Unlike Anything Experts have Seen Before”

Climate Denial Crock of the Week

The currents of air that wrap around our planet are becoming unrecognizable to climate scientists. Some have even compared the chaotic pattern of the jet streams to a Van Gogh painting.

The southern part of the jet stream over North America has completely broken apart and is currently trapped in a vicious revolution that has triggered an off-the-chart heatwave.

While it’s normal for the air currents to stop, split apart, recombine and flow in opposite directions, on average these tropospheric (lower atmosphere) air streams are typically quite continuous over long distances with an overall west to east flow.

The current fragmentation is unlike anything specialists have seen before.

“When I look at this jet stream the word insane comes to mind,” tweeted Florida meteorologist Jeff Berardelli, interviewed here on The PBS NewsHour. “This configuration, likely enhanced by climate heating, is fueling a record heat dome so extreme that even experts are astonished!”

Learn more here. Then think about why unpriced fossil fuels are allowed to remain artificially "cheap." That's really insane.


Stream it here.

Wondering why emissions keep rising despite all the data screaming "hit the brakes?" It's Denial, Doubt and Delay -- but that was yesterday. Now it's also Deception, Distraction, Disinformation and Doomism. Don't buy it. After watching this series, watch the August 30 Book Passage event with Dr. Michael Mann and Rep. Jared Huffman discussing Dr. Mann's book The New Climate War.  Then read it.

Carbon pricing works: the largest-ever study puts it beyond doubt

Countries with carbon prices on average have annual carbon dioxide emissions growth rates that are about two percentage points lower than countries without a carbon price, after taking many other factors into account. 

By way of context, the average annual emissions growth rate for 142 countries was about 2% per year.

This effect adds up to very large differences over time. It is often enough to make the difference between a country having a rising or a declining emissions trajectory.

The Conversation

It's not like nobody ever saw this coming:

But it didn't take "a few centuries." Just one.

You're invited, but...

This is how one behaves inside The Capitol:

Make an appointment. Business attire recommended. Bring nothing that even looks like a weapon.

Happy 4th of July.

Long live Democracy.

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Prepared by Peter G. Joseph, M.D. 

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