Now at the halfway point of 2021, the Bloomburg Chapter of the Citizens’ Climate Lobby is able to look back on some interesting experiences and achievements. A few of these include:
Meetings held with the Bloomsburg Town Council, the Columbia-Montour Chamber of Commerce, the Montour Area Recreation Commission, and the Danville Borough Council, as well as a municipal resolution in favor of carbon pricing passed in Bloomsburg.
Endorsements received from the Bloomsburg University Economics Department and members of the Bloomsburg Ministerium.
Presentations delivered to the students of the Bloomsburg University Communication Studies Department and members of the Fishing Creek Watershed Association.
Six letters to the editor published in the Bloomsburg Press-Enterprise.
And one meeting (so far) with staffers from Rep. Meuser’s office.
In the second half of the year, we hope to build on these initial successes, with new contributions from both town and university contingents. We also hope to resume in-person meetings. If you would like to join BloomCCL, simply send an email to email@example.com.
Nationally, the Citizens’ Climate Lobby remains laser-focused on passing the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act as a means to slashing America’s annual carbon emissions. Locally, members of our chapter are also concerned about the state of American democracy, especially as states such as Georgia and Texas have moved to curtail voting rights and to make voting more difficult. Since we rely on advocacy and persuasion to achieve our political goals, our efforts are directly threatened by a politics that hopes to weaken grassroots action. In our June letter, Eric C. Miller argues that American politics are in a bad place right now, but that large challenges provide us with opportunities to rise.
As always, learn more about the Energy Innovation Act here.
This letter, from members Al Galliani and Abra Heineman, appeared in the Press Enterprise on May 20. It responds to the letter from Sen. Gordner below, which appeared in the PE on May 16 in response to our Letter #4.
February and March were busy months for our chapter, featuring meetings with the Columbia-Montour Chamber of Commerce, the Montour Area Recreation Commission, several student groups on campus, and staffers from Rep. Meuser’s office. After a productive meeting with the Bloomsburg Ministerium, we received an endorsement signed by representatives from six local congregations, demonstrating that local religious bodies are on board for carbon pricing. The full statement is available here.
Our third letter of 2021 appeared in the Bloomsburg Press-Enterprise on Friday, March 19. To learn more about the mechanism of “carbon fee and dividend,” visit the Citizen’s Climate Lobby explainer. For more information on the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act, check out energyinnovationact.org.
Our second letter of 2021 appeared on February 20 in the Press Enterprise. In it, we thank the Bloomsburg Town Council for their support and provide readers with a nutshell-sized explanation of what the EICDA is, how it works, and why it deserves their support. As always, click here for more information.
In January we secured our first two endorsements of the new year! On January 14 we received a statement of support from the Economics Department at Bloomsburg University, and on January 25 the Bloomsburg Town Council voted 6-0 to adopt our resolution in support of the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act. Both documents are filed on our Endorsements page, where we hope to add as many others as possible until Congress passes an effective carbon pricing bill. Stay tuned!