Clean Power Plan

Letter from Don Lowe in Sun. 19 Nov. N&S:

Speak out on Clean Power Plan
19 Nov 2017 — The Parkersburg News And Sentinel
On Nov. 28 and 29, the U.S. EPA will hold a public hearing in Charleston for input regarding Trump’s repeal of the Clean Power Plan to fulfill his misguided, stupid, and harmful campaign promise to encourage coal fired power plants. This is the only public hearing the EPA will hold – and right in the heart of coal country! What does that tell you? They are expecting overwhelming, albeit selfishly motivated, public support for their potentially disastrous plan. Apparently one Texas, Gulf Coast, and Puerto Rican disaster and expense hasn’t been enough. Remember, these are your tax dollars.

While some may think it admirable that the EPA is showing concern for miners welfare, they (miners) only constitute about 2 percent of West Virginia’s population. What about the welfare of the other 98 percent, and the rest of the planet? Public participation is vitally important to hopefully overwhelm the coal company’s lobbyists that will surely be there. To speak at the hearing you must pre-register by calling 1-888-627-7764. Show the EPA that your grandchildren’s welfare trumps lining the pockets of a few coal company executives.

Don Lowe


“Speak out on Clean Power Plan” The Parkersburg News And Sentinel 19 Nov 2017: A5

I’m In

From Giulia Mannarino in Sun. 19 Nov. N&S:

Support Paris Agreement
19 Nov 2017 — The Parkersburg News And Sentinel
The U.S. withdrawal from the Paris Climate Change Agreement will not stop the rest of the world from continuing to advance toward a clean energy future. The global community is negotiating how to achieve goals set in this historic document at the United Nations annual Conference of the Parties (“COP23”) taking place in Bonn, Germany. Since Syria recently decided to sign this accord, the U.S. is now the only country in the world not supporting it!

The current administration is denying the existence of this problem and is busy rolling back regulations, cutting budgets and weakening climate policies. (By the way, the only public hearing being held in the nation by the EPA regarding repeal of the Clean Power Plan is scheduled in Charleston, W.Va., on Nov. 28 and 29.) No other political party on the planet rejects the international scientific community’s consensus that global warming is both caused by humans and poses a profound threat to civilization.

A not-well-known fact is that the U.S. withdrawal won’t take effect until Nov. 4, 2020, which happens to be the day after our next presidential election. However, in the meantime, Donald Trump does not represent the will of the countless American people, including the majority of Americans in every state, who support the Paris Agreement and believe in climate action. There is something you can do to help protect our country’s involvement in this important pact that is meant to curb carbon pollution and avoid the worst impacts of climate change before it’s too late.

You can add your name as someone who supports the goals of the Paris Agreement by joining the “I Am Still In” movement at U.S. states, cities, businesses, investors, universities, faith based groups and other entities across the country are collaborating to continue to work toward the goals of the agreement. They’re still in and you can be too. Tell our leaders and the 194 countries committed to the Paris Agreement that you personally support the Paris Agreement. Stand with people everywhere in the fight against climate change and commit to creating a clean, just energy future together despite the U.S. political climate.

Also, everyone is welcome to help build our local volunteer climate movement by getting involved in Mid Ohio Valley Climate Action.

Giulia Mannarino


“Support Paris Agreement” The Parkersburg News And Sentinel 19 Nov 2017: A5

Change and Consequences

I’m sure many people have been sharing the growing uneasiness I have felt this year as one extreme weather disaster after another pounded the U.S. Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Marie were each in their own way unprecedented: bigger, longer, slower so that their intensity broke once-in-25,000-year records. I was shocked to see recent pictures of streets in Miami on a clear day with several inches of water covering them, result of a normal high tide. Can you imagine having to accept the Ohio River running in the streets of Parkersburg once or twice a week?

Americans don’t know much about what’s happening in the rest of the world, but events of the past year are too much to take in. Catastrophic flooding occurred in Guatemala, Columbia, Peru, India, Philippines, Sierra Leone, Thailand, Malaysia, China, and Bangladesh. The unprecedented fires in California reflect years of drought, but there were also unprecedented wildfires in Croatia, France, Italy, Portugal, and Chile.

Heat waves kill more people than floods. It was 106 degrees in San Francisco Sept. 1 this year. Records were broken worldwide: Athens, Greece was 111, Australia 117, Turkey 113, Kuwait 124, India 123, Baghdad 124. In July it reached 129 in Basra, Iraq and Turbat, Pakistan. The heat index in Iraq was 165 degrees! We can dismiss occasional extreme weather events as “just the weather,” but these are patterns that look to be a new normal that mean masses of people are going to have to migrate just to survive.

In times like this we need to look to leaders who want to ensure our children and grandchildren have a livable planet. Just last week, the National Climate Assessment, which was mandated by Congress back in 1990 to be issued every four years, produced 2,000 pages of documentation and stated “there is no convincing alternative explanation” for the warming of our planet than human caused greenhouse gas emissions.

Despite this grim picture, I have been encouraged by actions around the world that show that we can change the future. I learned about them from the work of Al Gore and the Climate Leadership Corps he founded. I have personally been inspired to take action and I think you will, too, if you learn more about it. Join us Nov. 16 at 7 p.m. at WVU-P Theater for a showing of “An Inconvenient Sequel” a film that details what Gore and many others around the world are doing to give our children a livable future. It’s a small investment of your time to become educated about the most important issue facing our nation and our world today.

Jean Ambrose



Third Thursday public showing

*Thursday, January 18, 2018, 7-9 p.m.:  MOVCA Public Outreach Third Thursday Program: “The Climate Reality Project and Al Gore’s Leadership Core Training” at First Christian Church. 1400 Washington Ave., Parkersburg. Presentation by Jean Ambrose and Giulia Mannarino, MOVCA Co-Vice Chairs and newly certified Climate Reality Leaders.