California and the climate

Tarta Smitheman, Pasadena
Pasadena Star News

Ricardo Lara’s op-ed, “Why California is going to the United Nations climate conference” (Nov. 9) resonates firstly because he mentions the smog that used to blanket Los Angeles. My great-grandmother moved to Pasadena in the early 1900s. By the 1950s, smog hid the mountains. When refuge inside could not soothe her respiratory ailments, my great-grandmother left Los Angeles. Nowadays, the San Gabriels are my visual solace, year-round, especially near twilight when the spines of ridge lines, the architecture of these mountains, are laid bare, highlighted. God bless the Clean Air Act.

And bless those politicians (like Lara and Judy Chu) who choose to mitigate climate change. In addition, we should always focus first on what’s bipartisan: carbon fee and dividend, repealing the Renewable Fuel Standard, extending Master Limited Partnerships to renewable energy and pushing for some of the cuts based on the Green Scissors report.  There is much good work to be done.


Success @CA GOP Convention 2017

Craig Hover, Anaheim, CA

I participated in the CCL tabling effort (spearheaded by Craig Preston; Ambassador of CCL’s Southern CA Conservative Caucus). Our table was amongst the other tables of various groups. These were located in the hallways outside of the main meeting rooms. There was lots of traffic as people made their way from one meeting room to another and in visiting the various groups that were present.

My shift was from 8 to 11 AM on Saturday morning.

We had prepared handouts that were used to initiate conversation.

Many people were open to at least hearing what we had to say about the importance of the climate issue. Many of them acknowledged that we do need to do something and that not enough is being done right now.

The big takeaway for me, however, was in responding to the deniers.

If someone said they did not believe there was global warming, or that it was a hoax or some other assertion like that, the response back to them was NOT to challenge them and get into an argument or try to convince them.

Instead, simply acknowledge their belief and say something like the following:

Even if that is true, there is the perception out there that the climate is an issue. The reality is that certain groups are leveraging that perception and are using it as a platform to put in place programs and mandates that will likely result in bigger government, more regulations, higher taxes, more restrictions, and non-business-friendly measures that we all will have to live with. [These are all conservative “hot-buttons.”]

It is said that if you’re not at the table, you’re on the menu. [That one statement “lands” with people.]

If you want the conservative voice to be heard it is important to get to the table and participate in helping to put into place measures that can limit government involvement, limit more regulations and restrictions, not increase taxes, and find business-friendly solutions.”

By now, they’re usually listening and are interested.

In fact, there is an officially-recognized caucus in the House of Representatives that deals with this very thing.”

I then would go into the Climate Solutions Caucus; how it started in 2016 (if memory serves) by two Representatives from Florida (one Republican and one Democrat); it is totally bipartisan; the requirements for joining (one Dem to one Repl.); how it has already become the largest officially-recognized caucus in the House; etc.

Then if their interest continues I tell them about the mission of CCL and the CFAD.

Craig Preston said that 75 conservatives signed up to get the CCL newsletter and that there was interest in CCL giving talks to various conservative groups.

Want to slow climate change and prevent wildfires? Then pass a carbon tax now.

To the editor: I read Jacques Leslie’s op-ed article, “Santa Rosa’s charred now, but we’re all facing fire (or flood or heat wave) soon,” while taking a break from disaster preparations. You know: stockpiling water and food, gathering first-aid supplies, purchasing a generator.

Recent and ongoing disaster response is teaching us we have to be prepared to take care of ourselves for several days until help arrives, whether we are threatened by wildfire, floods or an earthquake. With the unprecedented number and magnitude of disasters occurring nearly simultaneously, it may be reasonable to expect help to arrive slowly.

Surely it is even more reasonable to expect our leaders to take action before disasters strike by addressing their chief accelerator, human-induced global warming. A gradually escalating price on carbon, specifically a revenue-neutral carbon fee and dividend, would reduce the amount of greenhouse gases entering our atmosphere while encouraging the use of energy sources other than fossil fuels.

It would be a powerful move away from disaster.

Peggy Painton, Los Angeles

Re: Monsoon Rains

Arizona Daily Star- Because our use of fossil fuels have raised the global temperatures, we affect local rains. Monsoon rains in S. Ariz. may be altered, the study says. We were just rolling the dice and hoping it won’t get worse, while we install deniers in DC.

Some say it is hopeless, that our demise is already assured. But the same scientists who correctly predicted changes in heat waves and floods say the future impacts depend on what we do, or don’t do, now. There are bills waiting in Congress to address this problem.

If we shake off the false reassurances of the doubt-mongers, we can reject the current denier based Congress and choose responsible adults not captured by the Carbon lobby. It is up to us to act.

Jan Freed

Letter to the Editor: Glendale’s support of Climate Change Accord, by Daniel Brotman

Readers weigh in on Glendale’s support of Climate Change Accord, Prop 64 Survey

Re: “Council supports climate initiative,” July 15-16. Thank you to leaders of the Jewel City for taking a public stand on the climate crisis, without doubt the No. 1 challenge we face as a society. Gov. Jerry Brown recently called climate change a threat to the existence of organized humanity, and he was right.

It is sadly no exaggeration to say that Glendale will be unlivable within the lifetimes of our children and grandchildren if we fail to respond quickly and aggressively. I look forward to working with the council on next steps, including a serious Climate Action Plan that includes a commitment to move to 100% renewable energy by no later than 2035, and a serious second look at whether we should be building a new CO2 spewing 250 megawatt gas plant at the site of the Grayson facility n south Glendale.

Daniel Brotman
Adjunct Professor of Economics, Glendale Community College
Glendale News Press

Letter to the editor: Shake off false reassurances, by Jan Freed
Jul 23, 2017

I realize environmental groups were critical of the recent extension of cap and trade; it won’t do the job of emissions reductions in time.

Your Associated Press article (“Republican lawmakers give climate law a boost,” July 18), though, made sense. The story noted, “But …. California’s bipartisan approach is one that can be replicated elsewhere.” Hopefully bipartisan action continues in Congress..

A bipartisan Congressional group, the Climate Solutions Caucus recently opposed an amendment that would have forbidden the Dept. of Defense from acting in response to changes in climate and sea levels. The amendment failed.

 Congress also can pass a national ‘carbon fee and dividend’ bill.

The carbon fees are paid by polluter industries and all fees are rebated to citizens. Rebates slowly increase and ‘pay’ consumers to find low carbon goods and services; most citizens come out ahead.

Estimates (REMI, Treasury Department) are so positive! Millions of new jobs created, emissions drop rapidly, many thousands are lives saved from illness and death (pollution kills).

We can stop climate change as the real death spiral, happening in our children’s lives and on for generations. We must shake off false reassurances from the Carbon Lobby.