Arkansas Citizens' Climate League

Arkansas Citizens' Climate League (ARKCCL) & Citizens' Climate Lobby-Arkansas (CCL-AR)

Working Together to Build Civic Commitment for Climate Action

Recent Correspondence between Members of the
Fayetteville Chapter of Citizens Climate Lobby
The most recent items are at the top of the list

March 16, 2017

March 1, 2017
From Robert McAfee:  Early Spring Map

February 13, 2017

From:  Nancy Brown found this web site concerning the Republican discussion on NPR about the proposed Carbon Fee.
January 31, 2017

From: Bill Blancato , Carol Braford

Pg 7B Tuesday Jan 31, 2017 NWA Dem-Gaz
Climate change here
As a young man growing up in Rogers, each fall I would make the trip to the War Eagle Arts and Crafts Fair in the middle of October. You could count on two things; a fun day trip and the height of beautiful fall colors. Forty years later, you can still count on a fun day trip, but no longer can you expect the height of the fall colors. They now appear in late October and recently the first week of November. The migration of fall colors is evidence of climate change. That swing in 40 years is alarming when one compares the cycles of past climate changes which took hundreds, thousands, even millions of years. One can see the present rate of change in one’s own lifetime. It’s not supposed to work this way. All one has to do is compare the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s hardiness zone maps from the past to the present. It’s clear that the zones are changing, migrating. Again, the rate of change is alarming. Last year was the hottest year on record, as were 2015 and 2014. Actually, 14 of the 15 hottest years on record have occurred since 2000 as rising carbon emissions continue to trap heat and drive climate change. The efforts to “prevent” climate change have moved now to a more urgent verb: how will we “adapt” to climate change. I have come to the realization that collectively the world has to take action to slow the process. There is a tipping point of irrevocable harm. The U.S., one of the world’s leading carbon-emission countries, must be a partner and lead in these efforts. Ask our leaders to take the necessary steps to lessen global warming. Not deny it or ignore it, but rather lead efforts at the local, state, national, and world arenas. Climate change is real. It’s here. You can see it. We have seen it in our own lifetime. Now as a grandfather, my concerns are for future generations. I hope you have come to the same conclusion.


January 26, 2017
From Chris Balos

January 25, 2017
Pg 6B NWA Ark-Gax

President Trump’s new Cabinet is full of surprises
 In the Jan. 18 newspaper is a front-page writeup about President Donald Trump’s nominee for Interior Department secretary, Rep. Ryan Zinke, R-Montana. He states that from personal experience, he believes the evidence that proves the existence of climate change in Glacier National Park in his home state. “I don’t believe it’s a hoax,” Zinke told the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee during his confirmation hearing. “The climate is changing; man is an influence. I think where there’s debate is what that influence is and what can we do about it.” Trump has suggested in recent weeks that he’s keeping an open mind on the issue and may reconsider a campaign pledge to back away from a 2015 Paris agreement that calls for global reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. Glacier National Park in Montana, his home state, as a prime example of the effects of climate change, noting that glaciers there have receded in his lifetime and even from one visit to the next. Zinke has said he would never sell, give away or transfer public lands - a crucial stance in Montana and the rest of the West where access to hunting and fishing is considered sacrosanct. Zinke feels so strongly about it that he resigned as a delegate to the Republican National Convention last summer because of the GOP’s position in favor of land transfers to state or private groups. Another nominee, this time Rex Tillerson, former CEO of ExxonMobil oil company, has said that climate change exists, its future impact is just hard to predict. “I came to my personal position over about 20 years as an engineer and a scientist, understanding the evolution of the science, came to the conclusion a few years ago the risk of climate change does exist, and that the consequences could be serious enough that action should be taken,” Tillerson said during his confirmation hearing. In the past, Tillerson has shown support for a carbon tax in lieu of other regulations. In a 2009 speech, he said that the tax “strikes me as a more direct … a more transparent … and a more effective approach.” “It avoids the costs and complexity of having to build a new market for securities traders or the necessity of adding a new layer of regulators and administrators to police companies and consumers,” he said at the time. “And a carbon tax can be more easily implemented. It could be levied under the current tax code without requiring significant new infrastructure or enforcement bureaucracies.” In fact, the concept of carbon fee and dividend is exactly the type of market approach solution the national organization, Citizens Climate Lobby, has promoted for years. I’m feeling much more optimistic about the future with our new cabinet members, and look forward to working with them in our fight to control climate change.

January 18, 2017

From Bill Kopsky:  Third times the charm.

January 11, 2017

 Pg 8b NWA Dem-Gaz
 Business leaders comprehend what Congress doesn’t
 I read with interest your Dec. 16 article “Global group gathers, talks environmental sustainability.” According to the reporting, this Little Rock event, the Global Solutions Summit, gathered “global leaders of governments, nonprofits, businesses and financial institutions” to focus on financing development projects and emphasizing sustainability, whether here in Arkansas or as far afield as India. As the U.S. Congress continues to ignore passing significant carbon reduction legislation (e.g. economically stimulating Carbon Fee and Dividend), the private business sector is emerging as a leader in demanding and enacting climate salvaging initiatives. The Little Rock summit gives a powerful example. Another occurred in November, when hundreds of corporations including Hilton, General Mills, and Hewlett Packard issued an open letter to Donald Trump, President Obama and Congress to uphold America’s Paris Agreement commitments. What do these business leaders understand that Congress doesn’t seem to get? An answer was given in August 2016 by Mark Wilson, CEO of international insurer Aviva. Calling on the G20 to eliminate fossil fuel subsidies, Wilson described climate change as representing “the mother of all risks – to businesses and to society as a whole.” Arkansas Congressman Steven Womack’s website contains the inspiring phrase “Lead by Example/Lead from the Front.” Sometimes I imagine the carbon dioxide emission reductions and robust green economic growth that could occur if senators and representatives would act on the congressman’s tagline and dare to pass common-sense climate legislation. Meanwhile, I am grateful for initiatives like the Global Summit.
 Eureka Springs 

January 10, 2017

Hang on to your seats.
1. Trump fires all Ambassadors and Special Envoys, ordering them out by inauguration day.
2. House brings back the Holman rule allowing them to reduce an individual civil service, SES positions, or political appointee's salary to $1, effectively firing them by amendment to any piece of legislation. We now know why they wanted names and positions of people in Energy and State.
3. Senate schedules 6 simultaneous hearings on cabinet nominees and triple-books those hearings with Trump's first press conference in months and an ACA budget vote, effectively preventing any concentrated coverage or protest.
4. House GOP expressly forbids the Congressional Budget Office from reporting or tracking ANY costs related to the repeal of the ACA.
5. Trump continues to throw the intelligence community under the bus to protect Putin, despite the growing mountain of evidence that the Russians deliberately interfered in our election.
6. Trump breaks a central campaign promise to make Mexico pay for the wall by asking Congress (in other words, us, the taxpayers) to pay for it.
7. Trump threatens Toyota over a new plant that was never coming to the US nor will take jobs out of the US.
8. House passes the REINS act, giving them veto power over any rules enacted by any federal agency or department--for example, FDA or EPA bans a drug or pesticide, Congress can overrule based on lobbyists not science. Don't like that endangered species designation, Congress kills it.
We - progressive, liberal, libertarian and conservative - need to all wake up to what is actually happening to our beloved country.
Louise G. Mann

From Jacob Adler, Fayetteville, pg 6B NWA Dem-Gaz
All, including Trump, need to respond to climate change
 We must hope that as president, Donald Trump will do good. And if he does less than good, we must hope that those actions will be undone. But climate change may not be reversible. Mr. Trump has stated that he has an open mind regarding climate change, but his appointment of climate-change deniers (I will not dignify them with the name of “skeptics”) to key environmental posts indicates that his mind is already made up. In the 20th century, the tobacco lobby denied the connection between smoking and cancer. That was bad, but at least someone who took science seriously could avoid smoking. Now, in the 21st century, the carbon lobby denies the consensus of climate scientists — that human activity is causing destructive climate change. People who take science seriously now have no other Earth to go to, so we must work to protect the planet. It’s hard to see how anyone in Northwest Arkansas can deny climate change, when we have 80-degree days in November and days in the high 60s in December, to say nothing of our neighbors in Louisiana who are losing their homes to rising sea levels. People often think of the environmental movement as a bastion of secular humanism, but it is not so. Humanists may be dedicated to the preservation of the environment, but religious people should be even more so. In the Book of Genesis we read “The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and keep it.” This is one of the very first responsibilities laid by God upon human beings. “Keep it” in Hebrew is le-shomrah. It means “to guard it,” “to take care of it.” An amazing thing — even Paradise required human beings to take care of it! God surely could have made a garden that would require no human tending, but instead He made one that needed human care. How much more so the Earth, our home. Imagine appearing before the heavenly court and being called to account by the Almighty: “I gave you a beautiful Earth do live in. What have you done with it?” Imagine the witnesses: “I was born deformed because of zika, spread by climate change.” “I starved when my crops failed because of climate change.” Some of this has already come to pass. We have it in our hands to slow and reverse the process. Let it not be said that we failed.

January 3, 2017

From Louise Mann:  Devolution of Recycling

December 30, 2016
From Louise Mann:   Please visit, like, and share my Waste Reduction Resources FB page.

Lots of fun inspiring pictures of Recycle Signal, during it's hey day. The success secret was continuing education for ALL ages, complemented by a citizen maintained park-like, educational facility with a full time paid attendant.
Thanks to that intense education program in the early years, clean recycling lasted on Signal Mtn. from 1989-2013. Lack of education resulted in single stream. It's a nasty little drop off facility today.
Single Stream is supposed to be on the agenda for Feb 14th. Fvlle City Council mtg. From now 'til the vote is taken, I'll continue running ads in The Free Weekly, writing letters to the editor, etc.  It's looking like I'll be out around $15,000 by the time the vote is taken. I am NOT asking for money.
What I am asking, is that you please show up and bring friendS, to two meetings. One will be a one hour Trash Class with updated information. The second will be the City Council mtg. on Feb. 14, IF single stream IS IN FACT on that agenda.
Meanwhile, I'll be meeting with attorneys to see if there is legal standing to keep Fayetteville's recycling clean.
Thanks for caring beyond the recycle bin.

December 27, 2016
From Lolly Tindol:  The article "Important Assumptions About Trump" is the other one I referred to. It gives ways to resist at the end, but it outlines all his obvious failings which each in their own right helps us see how to resist.


December 22, 2016
From Luis Contreras:  Burn, burn, burn: Let oil flow like a river

From Dick Bennett:  Steve Coll.  Private Empire:  ExxonMobil and American Power.  Penguin, 2012

December 21, 2016
From Patrick Kinnnamon:  We may be talking climate change all wrong.

December 20, 2016
From Jan Schaper:This Is What the Resistance Sounds Like

From Louise Mann

December 19, 2016

December 18, 2016
From Louise Mann:  Ark Dem-Gaz, pg 2H

December 17, 2016
From Bill McKibben:  How to Save the Planet From President Trump

December 16, 2016
From Dr. Luis Contreras

December 15, 2016
From Lolly Tindol:  "Lessig: 20 Trump electors could flip"

December 13, 2016
From Dick Bennett

December 12, 2016
From Lolly Tindol:  Note 6th Item regarding Trump's Plan to Gut the U.S. Environmental Regulations

December 9, 2016
From Bill Kopsky
From Gladys Tiffany
Report From Kenya, Renewable Energy

Trump transition team for energy deoartment seeks names of employees involved in climate meetings

From Bill Kopsky
Clean Energy ‘Moving Forward’ Despite Trump’s E.P.A. Pick, Experts Say

Trump's Energy Agenda Has Been Revealed - and It's Totally Terrifying

December 7, 2016

From Luis Contreras

December 6, 2016

Forwarded by Robert McAfee
Webinar on Internal Carbon Pricing Featuring Microsoft

LTE Ark Dem-Gaz pg 7B
On common ground
I believe it is unlikely that the incoming presidential administration will retain the Clean Power Plan implemented by President Barack Obama. For the sake of future generations and to honor the Paris climate agreement, it is imperative that Congress provide a solution. I believe a revenue-neutral fee on carbon fuels is an approach that will find common ground with Republicans and Democrats.
 Eureka Springs

December 5, 2016

From Patrick Kinnamon
Dec 14, 2016 ArkCCL Holiday Throwdown

From Bill Kopsky
Education Advocacy in the Time of Trump

December 4, 2016

Published on Oct 28, 2014
This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. You don't care about climate change right? Because it's a bunch words of things that don't affect your daily life. Think again. In this provocative talk, David Saddington gives us a new lens on climate change. It's a game changer.

From YouTube: 
David Puttman  Pub Dec 1, 2016
This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. David Puttnam looks at Climate Change through different lenses, all of which reveal the unsustainable ways in which we are living. Climate Change is real, but throughout history humans have failed to set political and economic concerns aside for our greater good. Will we ignore this latest warning?

From Bill Kopsky.  (Be sure to read the comments that follow)

December 3, 2016

From Bill Kopsky

From November 23, 2016 Eureka Springs Independent
From Bill Kopsky

LTE Nov 29 Ark Dem-Gaz pg 7B
Climate unaddressed
Not one of the three moderators in the presidential debates addressed the issue of climate change or food supply. Hillary Clinton understood the issue and Bernie Sanders frequently addressed the issue in his campaign. Our 20th century prophet, Al Gore, supported Hillary. The huge subterranean reservoirs of methane in their frozen, pressurized form await the rise of the catalyst carbon dioxide, which has now risen to more than 400 ppm. Our little global greenhouse is warming. We have almost two years of record-breaking months of high temperatures. In Detroit, auto manufacturers have gone back to building big cars and trucks because we’re becoming self-sufficient in oil production. If they have their way, our Republican government may decide it’s time to go back to using more coal to “put people back to work.” Our country has voted against a “trumped-up trickle down” economy and will build a pipeline under the great Missouri River to imperil more of our fresh water supply.
Mountain Home  

"The New Fire" is a documentary film due for release early in 2017.  It covers some of the work being done on advanced nuclear reactor technologies.  Here is the link for the trailer:

TED Talk about the essential role of nuclear power to help control climate change:  View

November 27, 2016

From Bloomberg Businessweek:  Alabama Colonial Pipeline Explosion

November 25, 2016

November 22, 2016

From Art Hobson:  Art's new book

By Fran Alexander

November 20, 2016

From Luis Contreras

November 19, 2016

From Louise Mann

November 16, 2016

From Al Brooks

From Jan Schaper: Trump Has Declared Climate War. But My Generation Will Win.

November 9, 2016

10 Things Progressives Need to Do Now
Starting November 9, we have our work cut out for us.

Trump Picks Top Climate Skeptic to Lead EPA Transition
Choosing Myron Ebell means Trump plans to drastically reshape climate policies

November 7, 2016

November 4, 2016

Latest Earth News issue by Al Brooks

Luis Contreras, part 2 about the Diamond Pipeline

From Barry Haas

From Bill Kopsky: Here is an important story of Arkansans working together to overcome racist voter intimidation, voter suppression, and violence.