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Mt. Pleasant Citizens Climate Lobby Notes
Minutes April 17, 2019
Isabella County Commission on Aging
Present: Mary Bentley, Alan and Prisca Gamble, Ruth and Ed Helwig, Anne Jensen, Pete and Marie Koper, Gary Kramer, Bob Lindahl, Cil and John Lorand, Dan Marvin, Tom and Gisela Moffit, Carol Rard, Dawn Sprague, Marilyn Thornton, Matt Mertz.
I. Good News
A. The Energy Innovation & Carbon Dividend Act of 2019 has 29 cosponsors, up 10 more Dems than last month, many on committees of jurisdiction for the bill. More GOP expected. The bill has been passed on to the Energy Subcommittee.
House Committees of Jurisdiction where the Energy Innovation & Carbon Dividend Act, H.R. 763, has been introduced: Foreign Affairs, Energy and Commerce and Ways and Means. Several representatives from Michigan are on these committees. Congressman John Moolenaar is not on any of them. He is on the powerful Appropriations Committee.
Over 300 companies in Silicon Valley are in support of this bill, although they may disagree with some of the details. We are looking for more endorsers and supporters to join these.
B. CCL’s newly redesigned Community (members only part of the website) has launched for our use; every new sign-up is automatically registered for Community. Click to check in to set your own password and to continue to receive CCL national posts. Call Marie for one-on-one tutoring, 989-944-5858.
II. New Business
A. National video speaker: Rev. Susan Hendershot, Interfaith Power & Light
On the issue of climate change, the faith community speaks with a moral authority. One of the leading voices in that community is Interfaith Power & Light, whose mission is “to be faithful stewards of Creation by responding to global warming through the promotion of energy conservation, energy efficiency, and renewable energy.” IPL President Rev. Susan Hendershot joined our call this month to share the work they’re doing to spread the gospel of stewardship and sustainability.
B. Local Outreach
1. Tabling Sat., April 20, Sacred Mother Earth Symposium at Ziibiwing Center, 9:00-5:00
2. CMU, Student Environmental Alliance Climate Change Panel, Monday, April 22, Bovee Center University Center, 7:00-9:00 p.m. [Update: Marie invited to panel; tabling not allowed for non student groups]
3. Tabling Sun., April 28, First United Methodist Church, Mt. Pleasant, 9:30 a.m.-noon
4. Shepherd Maple Syrup Festival Parade if at least 12 people volunteer to pass on the sweet news that there is landmark climate legislation in the U.S. House that everyone needs to know about and support!
III. National and Local Actions
A. Post photos of April outreach events on Twitter. Note: Share your CCL pics; pass on to Marie for the website, etc.
B. Start a Dialing Congress Campaign in our district or state. An ad-hoc group needed to set up a steady call-in to our members of Congress to organize volunteers committing to make one call a month to their 3 members of Congress with CCL mentoring.
C. Laser talk exercise: Economic impacts of pricing carbon
D. 4 CMU economic professors signed national letter in support of a revenue neutral carbon fee with dividends returned to households—Follow up needed to ask for bill endorsements.
IV. Next meeting: May 16, 2019, 7:00-8:30 p.m.—Isabella County Commission on Aging, 2200 S. Lincoln Rd.