Dogs at the Zoo and the Universe too!

We enjoyed more than a hundred enthusiastic visitors at our “History of the Universe” table on April 22 at the Rally for Science ZooMT !

Citizens’ Climate Education (Billings) and Eco-Angela (a program of Angela’s Piazza in Billings) volunteers presented two activities:  a puppet show modified from        Dr. Wendy Ring of Climate911, called “Montana D.O.G.S: Dozens of Good Solutions,” and an interactive exhibit of the Scientific History of the Universe, geared toward families.

We presented the model of the 14 Billion Year history of the universe from the Big Bang to the present, by late astronomer, cosmologist, and public educator, Carl Sagan. In this model, each month covers a little more than a billion years.  The month of December covers the billion years since the earth’s atmosphere became oxygenated.  No surprise, the dinosaurs were the biggest hit!



The April 23 Billings Gazette featured the puppet show in an article on the Rally for Science, Billings Gazette.

For more information, see this article CCL News January 19, 2017.  You can request a puppet show through

Contact Kathy at about a performance in Montana!


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Climate change is a market failure

In a February 14, 2017  post, Carbon Brief blog says “Climate change is a classic market failure. The costs of burning CO2 are borne by society at large, but the benefits accrue to those burning fossil fuels.”  The Social Costs of Carbon (SCC) are currently set by the EPA at $37 a ton.

Just what those costs are was the subject of a hearing by the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology on Feb. 28.  Read about it here in the Guardian.


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Exxon’s write-down

On February 24,  the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis posted on  about the recent announcement by ExxonMobil to its shareholders that at the end of 2016, it  has 19% “fewer proven and probable oil reserves.”

This is a good introduction to how  Exxon “suddenly became smaller.”  And why.


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Introduction to Citizens’ Climate Lobby

Citizens’ Climate Lobby published this introductory video on You Tube in 2016.  Your comments are welcomed!


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Producers see oil demand peaking

This  Wall Street Journal article from November, 2016, reports on the trend of global oil producers beginning to acknowledge the inevitability of a shift from oil-based fuels to natural gas and renewables.


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“From Risk to Return”

This report is about the benefits of  Investing in a Clean Energy Economy.

“Economic risks of unmitigated climate change to American businesses and long-term investors are large and unacceptable.”  This was the finding of the Risky Business Project, in their  initial report in 2014, “Risky Business: The Economic Risks of Climate Change in the United States.”

The Co-Chairs of the Project are Michael Bloomberg, Henry Paulson Jr., and Tom Steyer.

Very useful data and analysis using modeling of four possible pathways to an 80% reduction in carbon emissions by 2050.

One of the policy foundations they call for is a price on carbon.


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Do we need a war on climate change?

Eric S. Godoy and Aaron Jaffe’s opinion was published today in the Opinion in New York Times.  They say “We don’t need a war on climate change, we need a revolution.”

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