Our Billings CCL volunteer meeting is the 2nd Thursday of each month. The next one will be a holiday party on December 13, at 6pm, at Kirk’s House of Music. Newcomers and visitors are welcome!

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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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”


10 Things You Can Do to Save the Ocean

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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”


“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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Energy Mapping

Wow!  The U.S. Energy Administration publishes State Profiles and Energy Estimates at U.S. Energy Information Administration.

These profiles include energy indicators, prices, reserves, supply and distribution, consumption and expenditures, and “environment” data.

What’s in the environment data?  Renewable energy capacity, utility -scale hydroelectric net electricity generation, and utility-scale solar, wind, geothermal, biomass net electricity generation, and distributed solar photovoltaic generation.

Want to know about renewable energy consumption, total carbon dioxide emissions,  and electric power industry emissions, including carbon dioxide, sulfur dioxide, and nitrogen dioxide.

All this and maps too!  Thanks to a CCL Coal Country Group for posting this on CCL Community.

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