New FERC rule is a positive step, but Congressional action still needed
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by Steve Valk
1d ago
New FERC rule is a positive step, but Congressional action still needed May 17, 2024 – Citizens’ Climate Lobby is encouraged to see the new FERC transmission rules adopted this week. The swift buildout of our outdated and significant transmission infrastructure is a key step to getting more clean energy on the grid and lowering our GHG emissions, this rule will help achieve that goal. However, it is clear Congress still needs to act so we can build at the speed required to meet our climate goals. The final rule directs transmission providers to undertake long-term regional planning to anticip ..read more
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Citizens’ Climate boards hire new Executive Director
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by Steve Valk
1w ago
Citizens’ Climate boards hire new Executive Director After a search process spanning several months and hundreds of candidates, the governing boards of Citizens’ Climate Education and Citizens’ Climate Lobby are excited to announce Rachel Kerestes as the organizations’ new incoming Executive Director. A trained biologist and public policy analyst, Rachel Kerestes’s career spans the worlds of public affairs, advocacy, marketing and communications. She has held senior executive positions in national nonprofits and industry associations and leadership roles in consultancies specializing in publi ..read more
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New White House permitting rule is a win for climate
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by Elissa Tennant
2w ago
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE New White House permitting rule is a win for climate May 1, 2024 – Citizens’ Climate Lobby is encouraged to see the new permitting reform rule announced this week from the White House Council on Environmental Quality. The rule implements permitting reform measures Congress passed in last year’s debt ceiling deal. Notably, the rule directs federal agencies to consider the effects of climate change in their environmental reviews of energy projects, and it encourages them to identify reasonable alternatives that will mitigate climate impacts. In other words: climate consider ..read more
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New White House permitting rule is a win for climate
Citizens' Climate Lobby Blog
by Elissa Tennant
2w ago
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE New White House permitting rule is a win for climate May 1, 2024 – Citizens’ Climate Lobby is encouraged to see the new permitting reform rule announced this week from the White House Council on Environmental Quality. The rule implements permitting reform measures Congress passed in last year’s debt ceiling deal. Notably, the rule directs federal agencies to consider the effects of climate change in their environmental reviews of energy projects, and it encourages them to identify reasonable alternatives that will mitigate climate impacts. In other words: climate consider ..read more
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Episode 94: Antarctic Awakenings
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by Steve Valk
3w ago
Elizabeth Rush, author of “The Quickening, Creation, and Community at the Ends of the Earth” Episode 94: Antarctic Awakenings: Unveiling Climate Change at the Ends of the Earth with Elizabeth Rush and Brett Cease In this episode of Citizens’ Climate Radio, co-hosts Peterson Toscano and Erica Valdez explore the theme of climate change and its impact on Antarctica. They interviewed Elizabeth Rush, author of “The Quickening, Creation, and Community at the Ends of the Earth,” who shares her experiences and insights from a research expedition to Thwaites Glacier. They also spoke with Brett Cease ..read more
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Driving change: Bill Barron’s journey to spark climate conversations across the Mountain West
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by Steve Valk
1M ago
Driving change: Bill Barron’s journey to spark climate conversations across the Mountain West By Nabila Wilson Picture this: 16 days, 3800 miles, and three states ablaze with the colors of Colorado, New Mexico, and Montana. Bill Barron, the Mountain West Regional Director for CCL, embarked on a road trip through some of America’s most scenic landscapes. But this wasn’t just a leisurely drive; it was a mission to spark conversations about climate solutions.  Colorado: Grand Junction, Montrose and Durango.  In Grand Junction, Barron sat down with the editorial board of the Grand Juncti ..read more
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Right-of-center climate advocates meet with 47 Republican offices
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by Steve Valk
1M ago
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Right-of-center climate advocates meet with 47 Republican offices March 2024 — Earlier this month, conservatives from across America gathered in Washington, D.C., for Citizens’ Climate Lobby’s annual Conservative Climate Leadership Conference and Lobby Day.  “It was an incredible opportunity for CCL’s right of center volunteers to connect with each other and the larger EcoRight movement pushing Congress for climate change solutions,” says Brett Cease, CCL Vice President of Programs. At the event on March 19, attendees received training and heard from a variety ..read more
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Episode 93: What is Your Climate Change Role? 
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by Steve Valk
2M ago
Author, speaker, and activist Eileen Flanagan Episode 93: What is Your Climate Change Role? In this month’s episode of Citizens’ Climate Radio, Eileen Flanagan, a writer, social change teacher, Quaker, and activist, dives deep with host Peterson Toscano into four different roles people have traditionally taken in change movements. In addition, Erica Valdez and Horace Mo join Peterson for a vibrant discussion about their personal experiences in taking one of these roles.  Finding Your Role  In Eileen Flanagan’s words, the four recurring roles in change movements include rebels, adv ..read more
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70 conservatives from across America to meet with Republican offices on climate
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by Steve Valk
2M ago
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 70 conservatives from across America to meet with Republican offices on climate March 2024 — Later this month, conservatives from across America will gather in Washington D.C. for Citizens’ Climate Lobby’s annual Conservative Climate Leadership Conference and Lobby Day.  “This is a really unique event,” says Drew Eyerly, Conservative Outreach Director for Citizens’ Climate Lobby. “How often do only Republicans and right-of-center individuals come to the Capitol to have discussions about climate change?”  At least once a year, thanks to CCL! Our annual Conservat ..read more
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Big impacts from BIG WIRES Act and IRA home rebates
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by Steve Valk
2M ago
The BIG WIRES Act would increase energy transmission between regions, saving as much as $2.5 billion while reducing emissions Big impacts from BIG WIRES Act and IRA home rebates By Dana Nuccitelli, CCL Research Coordinator In CCL’s virtual lobbying last November, our primary ask was for members of Congress to cosponsor the BIG WIRES Act. Many Congressional offices responded by asking detailed questions about the bill. Questions like, ‘How much will it impact utility costs?’; ‘How much will it reduce climate pollution?’; and ‘How will it impact our specific region?’. It was difficult to provi ..read more
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