Welcome!

Our Billings CCL volunteer meeting is the 2nd Weds of each month. The March meeting will be on Weds March 13,  at 6:30pm, at Kirk’s House of Music. Newcomers and visitors are welcome at 6pm for an intro to CCL.

For more information about the Citizens’ Climate Lobby check out this short video or go to the national Citizens’ Climate Lobby main website at https://citizensclimatelobby.org/.

To join the movement go to https://citizensclimatelobby.org/join-citizens-climate-lobby/.

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US Catholic Bishops react to Climate Bill

On January 23, 2019, the bipartisan “Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend” was re-introduced into the US House of Representatives. Two days later the US Conference of Catholic Bishops issued a Press Release.

The Chair of their Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development “welcomed the legislation as an important step forward in addressing climate change.” They found it encouraging that the legislation, which is expected to result in significant reductions in carbon emissions, would not burden the poor and vulnerable populations. They call for further analysis to fully understand its effect on the financial burdens of families and communities, since climate change can only ever be fully addressed with “an eye to the least of these.”

 

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Bill finally drops!

A bipartisan bill putting a national price on carbon emissions and returning the revenue to the public every month was introduced in the House this week by five Representatives, three Democrat and two Republican.

Now we have a bill to debate.  Citizens’ Climate Lobby supports the bill.  There are some differences from our favored proposal, but there are no “deal-breakers” in this bill.

It charges the carbon polluters and protects the poor and middle class, and takes into account the needs of farmers.  See it here.

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Montana Climate Assessment Live!

Dr. Cathy Whitlock, the Lead Author of the 2017 Montana Climate Assessment, will present the findings on May 24 at the Billings Public Library at 7pm.

The report is a product of the Montana University System’s Montana Institute on Ecosystems. The assessment describes past and future climate trends that affect three sectors of Montana’s economy: agriculture, water, and forestry.

The program will start at 6:30 with refreshments, and introductions by the three local community action groups who are co-sponsors: the League of Women Voters of Billings, Billings Chapter of Citizens’ Climate Lobby, and the Better Billings Sustainability Committee of Yellowstone Valley Citizens Council.

This event is free and open to the public.

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Accounting for externalities

Hal Benton reported in The Seattle Times on May 9, 2018, that state regulators had “stepped up their climate activism” by asking power utilities in the Washington to assign or increase a carbon price “for planning purposes” on their fossil fuel sources of electricity.

This will apply to the electricity produced with coal from Montana and Wyoming.  Benton says it specifically threatens the economic viability of the Colstrip Generating Plant.

Interesting, that Puget Sound Energy already assigns a carbon price in their accounting records, but Pacific Corp, the parent company of Pacific Power, did not intend to until 2026.  These two utilities, and Avista Corp, supply electricity to 1.47 million customers in Washington.

This article was summarized in IEEFA.

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Rally for Science at ZooMT

Join hundreds of Billings kids and their adults at ZooMT on April 21, from 10-4pm for a celebration of science.

Citizens Climate Education of Billings will be promoting Healthy Oceans.  Hear from scuba divers from Billings who have visited the coral reefs and are passionate about protecting their beauty and the lives of all the organisms who live in and with them.

Learn about the inhabitants of coral reefs; assemble your own sea butterfly; see a demonstration of ocean acidity; and more.

Photo from the Rally for Science, ZooMT, April 2017.  “The Universe Story”

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“The Great Debate” for regulatory utility commissioners

Want to influence the adoption of renewable energy in Montana?  Do you care what principals guide our Public Service Commissioners?  For a start, take a look at the agenda of the The National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners’ (NARUC) annual winter policy summit in Washington D.C. last week.

A highlight of the meeting was a debate February 14, between Ralph Cavanagh, Codirector of the Energy Program, National Resource Defense Council, and Phil Moeller, Executive VP of NARUC, and a former FERC Commissioner, representing the Edison Electric Institute (EEI).

Moderated by Montana’s Public Service Commissioner Travis Kavulla, the question was: Should NARUC’s membership embrace an “All of the Above” energy strategy as a guiding principal for oversight of utilities’ planning and investment? The Daily Energy Insider covered the debate on Feb. 16, calling it “collegial.”

Following the debate, NRDC and EEI released a joint statement supporting new utility policies which, according to Ralph Cavanagh’s blog , “accelerate America’s transition to a clean energy future,” which includes the following:  reductions in greenhouse gases, ensuring affordability of energy services, and improving system reliability.

The question that utility regulators are discussing nationwide is how to accelerate our transition to a clean energy future. Let’s keep that in the public’s view.  The PSC works for us, remember.

 

 

 

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“Saving Snow”

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“Saving Snow” documentary on the economic effects of our warming winters, shows March 5, 2018, 7pm, free, at the ArtHouse Cinema & Pub, Billings.  Panel following.

Sponsored by the Sierra Club and Citizens’ Climate Lobby of Billings.

We’ll be there with snacks to share.  We want to hear from you!

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