Issue # 17 of 350 Pittsburgh's biweekly digest
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In this issue of Climate Action News ...
  • The Worst Possible Secy of State - Act Now!
  • Our New Solarize Campaign
  • Kids Sue Over Climate Change
  • Upcoming News, Events, Volunteer Opps

ExxonMobil CEO as Secretary of State ?!?!!!  

December 1 - Breaking News from 350.org:
Donald Trump is reportedly considering ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson for Secretary of State.

This Cabinet pick might be the worst yet (and that's saying something). Exxon is the largest oil company in the world. It has funded climate misinformation for decades and violated human rights across the planet. If Exxon takes control of the State Department, they can undo all the climate progress we've made at the international level. They’ll be able to wield the Department as an arm of the fossil fuel industry, opening up new oil and gas development around the world and crushing dissent. 

Please sign the 350.org petition right now.

Here Comes the Sun!

350 Pittsburgh is beginning a new campaign, in conjunction with Solarize Allegheny, to help people navigate the process of putting solar panels on their roof. If you're interested in helping to plan and carry out this campaign, contact Pat Buddemeyer at  350pittsburgh@gmail.com. The first planning meeting is scheduled for 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec 5.

A Truly Inspiring Court Case

On Nov 15 in Eugene, Oregon, a federal judge ruled that 21 young Americans (ages 9-20!) can proceed to trial in a suit against the Obama administration. The suit alleges that the government has known about climate change for decades but failed to address it, denying these children and teenagers their right to a safe future.

11 Ways You Can Help Stop Climate Change --Warwick Powell

#2: Be Energy Efficient

  • You already switch off lights—what’s next? Change light bulbs to compact fluorescents or LEDs.
  • Unplug computers, TVs and other electronics when not in use. Wash clothes in cold or warm (not hot) water. Dryers are energy hogs, so hang-dry when you can. Install a programmable thermostat.
  • Look for the Energy Star® label when buying new appliances. And a home energy audit is cheaper than you think—book one today to find even more ways to save energy.

"97% of scientists say ..." 

Overheard today in a local coffee shop:

Guy #1: This global warming thing? I don't believe it.
Guy #2: My friend said that 97% of all scientists support it. I said to him, 97% of all the scientists in the world? I want to see that list.
Guy #1: Well, it's an agenda of the government. And these scientists depend on government funding. They want their paychecks to keep coming, so of course they're going to say there's climate change.

These guys are not alone. Forbes has tried to debunk what they call the "97% trick.

Here's what the 97% refers to, according to NASA: "Multiple studies published in peer-reviewed scientific journals show that 97 percent or more of actively publishing climate scientists agree: Climate-warming trends over the past century are extremely likely due to human activities. In addition, most of the leading scientific organizations worldwide have issued public statements endorsing this position."

-- Elise Yoder

Upcoming Events & Volunteer Opportunities

Dec 7Annual Human Rights Festival and Write-A-Thon by Amnesty International. Wednesday, December 7, 6:00 - 9:0 pm. Calvary Episcopal Church on Shady Avenue in Shadyside, close to the corner of Walnut Street. Volunteers needed to staff the 350 Pittsburgh table; send email to  350pittsburgh@gmail.com

Dec 10: East End Democracy Dance Party. Get your free ticket. Volunteers needed for tabling.

Dec 21: 350 Pittsburgh Steering Committee meeting, 5:30 pm, Squirrel Hill Library.

Mar 15-16, 2017: Achieving Deep Carbon Reductions. The Pennsylvania Environmental Council hosts a  conversation on the various paths for decarbonizing Pennsylvania's electricity sector, and the costs and benefits of each.
News

Trump Shifts on Climate Change -- Maybe. There were many aspects of Donald Trump’s Presidential election campaign that concerned environmentalists, but none more than his early statement that climate change was a hoax. Now President-Elect Trump may be stepping back from the ‘hoax’ position, creating some hope that he may not renege on the Paris Climate Change Agreement or scuttle Obama’s Clean Power Plan. New York TImes / Sierra Club.

Cities and States Lead on Climate Change. The rise of clean energy across the heartland is already too well entrenched to be reversed. New York Times.

U.S. Companies to Trump: Don't Abandon Global Climate Deal. Hundreds of American companies, including Mars, Nike, Levi Strauss and Starbucks, have urged President-elect Trump not to abandon the Paris climate deal, saying a failure by the U.S. to build a clean economy endangers American prosperity. New York Times.
Donation Appeal

We're launching or revitalizing at least three campaigns in the New Year (see "Here Comes the Sun" above). Please help us get 2017 off to the best possible start.

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December 1, 2016
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