Mt. Pleasant Citizens
Minutes, June 13, 2019
Isabella County Commission on Aging
Present: Ann Kowaleski, Gary Kramer, Bob Lindahl, Cil and John Lorand, Matt Mertz, Gisela and Tom Moffit, Megan O’Brien, Marilyn Thornton, Ben Thorp, Eric Togersen, and Don Smith (meeting lead)
I. Good News:
A. The Energy Innovation & Carbon Dividend Act of 2019 now has 46 cosponsors, up from 29 in April; Andy Levin, first from MI; Dan Kildee and 3 others just joined on Tuesday; More GOP expected.
B. Over 15 of you called your members of Congress that Marie knows of, adding to 2,000 more calls than last year!
C. Cil Lorand’s Letter to the Editor was published, June 5th in the Morning Sun. The MS also ran an article June 6th about Pete and Marie going to the CCL Conference.
D. Marie and Pete went to the National CCL Conference and met with Sen. Gary Peters, Rep. Moolenaar’s Legislative Aide, and legislative aides from other districts in MI, OH, and IN. Videos of 2019 conference’s inspiring and informative speakers here.
II. Local and National Action: Find your interest, availability and VOLUNTEER!
Action is the best antidote to despair! Call Dawn at 989-506-6022 if you have questions or want to sign up.
1. Farmers Market tabling runs Thursdays June 6 – October 31, (9 – 11 a.m. and 11 – 1 a.m.) at Island Park; Saturdays, June 22 –October 12 on Broadway (9 a.m.—11 a.m. and 11 – 1 p.m.)
2. Chippewa River Water Festival tabling, Saturday, July 13, noon – 2 p.m.; 2 – 4 p.m. and 4 – 6 p.m. at Island Park along with pop music performed by Ross Howell with climate narrative and CCL short message on stage.
3. MPCCL Brew Team, collecting bill endorsements from craft breweries around the district, joining other CCL Brew Teams around the country, who’ve collected over 100 endorsements—volunteering could entail attending beer festivals
4. The MPCCL Steering Committee decided to organize a fun, summer party for our CCL families to hear/see highlights of the conference, catch up with legislation and CCL, and have a good time getting to know each other better. New member Emily Zoet will lead that planning team—volunteers needed. Tentative date for your calendar is Sunday, August 11.
I. Welcome & Introductions: Welcome to any newcomers joining our regulars, all ready to make a difference for our climate! Our job is educating ourselves, our community, the media, and our members of Congress that there is now a bipartisan, market driven bill in the U.S. Congress that will significantly reduce CO2, H.R. 763, the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act.
II. Approval of the May 16 Minutes
III. Treasurer’s Report – no change since last meeting
IV. Old Business
A. Marie K. emailed 8 professors from CMU’s Economics Dept. thanking them for signing an open letter in the Wall Street Journal in support of a revenue neutral carbon fee with dividends returned to households; called and left messages as follow up. One returned call indicating willingness to sign on with support for the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act. Another endorsed it. More follow-ups planned.
B. Area farmers and agriculture related businesses need follow up—volunteers interested in working with farmers needed
V. New Business
Listened to National video speaker for June, Dr. Shi-Ling Hsu, Associate Dean for Environmental Programs at the Florida State University College of Law. He is the author of The Case for a Carbon Tax: Getting Past our Hang-ups to Effective Climate Policy, which remains the most comprehensive general treatment and argument for carbon taxation.
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VII. Next meeting: July 18, 2019—7:00-8:30 p.m., Isabella County Commission on Aging, 2200 S. Lincoln Rd
The video speaker for our June national call will be Dr. Shi-Ling Hsu, the John W. Larson professor and Associate Dean for Environmental Programs at the Florida State University College of Law. He is the author of The Case for a Carbon Tax: Getting Past our Hang-ups to Effective Climate Policy, which remains the most comprehensive general treatment and argument for carbon taxation. He teaches and writes in the areas of environmental and natural resource law, climate change, law and economics, and property. Professor Hsu holds an M.S. in ecology and a Ph.D. in agricultural and resource economics and was an EPA Star Fellow from 1996-98.
The Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act, H. R. 763, landmark, revenue-neutral legislation to reduce carbon emissions, now has 41 sponsors. Over 1200 CCL volunteers will be in Washington D.C. on June 11 meeting with members of Congress and their staff about the bill. Use cclusa.org/call to add your voice in support.