Climate Working Group

Are you concerned about climate change?  Join us on the second Wednesday of each month to collaborate with like-minded groups and individuals.

Our objective is to help groups, leaders, and citizens across New Hampshire share information and actions to help address climate and energy issues at the town, state, and federal levels.

Next Meeting:  March 13, 2023

Our next monthly Climate Working Group meeting is Wednesday, March 13th  from  7:00 p.m. to 8:00 PM

Testimony to the House Environment and Agriculture Committee on HB1484  (1/18/24 - beginning at 5:00:00)

Testimony on HB1486 - relative to proxy carbon pricing in state procurement. Saves taxpayer dollars and takes advantage of the federal IRA subsidies in state spending. This bill will help electrify NH state vehicles (EVs) and state building heating equipment (heat pumps)! This will reduce pollution from state operations and avoid future stranded costs by anticipating the inevitable future federal price on carbon pollution from fossil fuels... thus saving NH taxpayers money

Proxy carbon pricing one-pager (+ graphs).

Testimony by Rep. Germana, John Gage, and others.

Resources

Past Meetings

Agenda and Notes for February 14, 2024

Agenda and Notes for January 10, 2023

Agenda and Notes for December 13, 2023

Agenda and Notes for October 4, 2023

Agenda and Notes from September 6, 2023

Review the "Keep NH Green" climate group findings and plan next steps.  Use this working group as a home going forward?

An En-ROADS climate policy simulator demonstration to help our group gain a shared perspective of what policy changes are required at a global level to achieve our 1.5˚C warming limit.  Discuss why the IPCC says carbon pricing must be included in any effective solution set and why Carbon Cash-Back is the most equitable way to do it.  Send Congress an email asking them to legislate it via this web action page:  cclusa.org/write-cfd.

Discuss potential NH State climate bills for the 2023-2023 legislative session:

A climate science intervention is needed in Concord!  Discuss a response to the climate science denial of some leadership in the NH House Science, Technology, and Energy (STE) Committee by asking the Chairman to hold an information gathering hearing with our state's climate science experts, to include a review by the authors of the state's 2022 Climate Assessment Report and evaluation by state experts of the co-sponsors' HR17 testimony.  Let's help clear up the misunderstandings so the STE can make better informed decisions for all of us!  A request sent to the legislature: Request for a climate science intervention in the STE.

What are NH Network member groups doing on climate:  major initiatives, events, how can others help?

Agenda and Notes from August 2, 2023


We'll focus on making climate a top-level issue in the upcoming election cycle, and look at how AI can help us do it.  The NH Network is a nonpartisan group, but our elected leaders' priorities are the single biggest factor in how effective all our efforts are to address climate issues in our towns, the state, and beyond.  The vast majority of NH voters want climate change addressed (see the Yale Climate Communications report at bit.ly/ccb-resources).  Helping them learn candidates' positions will help them choose wisely, and motivate candidates to care too.

Agenda:

1.  NHPR is asking what listeners want to hear candidates talk about.  We can each let NHPR know we want to hear candidates' positions on climate change and Carbon Cash-Back!  Tell NHPR you want this here: docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdoSGnepE958a9NqBVOEwHvVRcTlZAXBeeCVu96Y7ATzL4LPQ/viewform?pli=1.

2.  Help get our local media more involved in informing the state about climate solutions:  CCL's media expert offers some suggestions and actions to take:  https://community.citizensclimate.org/discuss/viewtopic/2792/31110

3.  Engaging in 2024 campaign town halls and house parties:  raising fossil fuel pollution-caused global heating to a top-level issue - Engaging Candidates in Climate.

4.  Send a quick email to Congress via cclusa.org/prove about the PROVE IT Act - a no-brainer, bipartisan bill everyone loves!

5.  We'll explore how we can use AI (ChatGPT) to help write LTEs, op-eds, and even plan presentations (openai.com).

I hope to see you there,

John Gage

Windham, NH

Agenda and Notes from July 5, 2023

Discuss potential legislation to propose for the fall.

Agenda and Notes from June 7, 2023

Please also see below for an action for everyone to take whether you can attend the meeting or not.  We'll start off our meeting with a discussion about the big climate picture:

Let's talk about the different aspects of the problem, why New Hampshire continues to play a pivotal role in the whole global mess, and how we can help turn things around.


Matt wrote this excellent op-ed to help the public become more aware of the forces that are stymying decarbonization of the New Hampshire economy:  How to move beyond climate disinformation in the N.H. State House.  How can we amplify this message?


We'll then take some climate actions to help prepare Congress for CCL's in-person lobbying on Capitol Hill on June 13th. Four people from NH will join 900 others from around the country to lobby hundreds of Congressional offices for bipartisan clean energy permitting reform and introduction of the federal Carbon Cash-Back bill in the new session of Congress.


The more emails and calls from constituents that precede those June 13th lobby meetings, and the more constituent postcards we deliver in person, the more attention Congress will give us. If you can't make our meeting tomorrow, please help prepare Congress for our lobby meetings by doing one or more of the following:

All these messages will amplify our impact when we meet Congress on June 13th.


Thank you for all you do.  I hope you can make it Wednesday at 5:00 pm!


Best Regards,

John Gage

NH Network Climate Working Group co-leader

CCL NH state coordinator

Windham, NH

Chat from November 2, 2022

From Chat in the November 2, 2022 Climate Working Group Meeting


1. Do you accept the scientific consensus that human-caused climate change is an urgent threat? 

2. Do you accept the expert consensus of climate scientists and economists that effective government action to reduce climate pollution much faster than the current rate is critical for the safety of our economy, health, and life on Earth?

3. Are you committed to work with members of both parties and Independents on legislative solutions to address the issue?

4. Did you know the most well-supported solution by economists from across the political spectrum - a border-adjusted, cash-back carbon fee on fossil fuel production - is the most cost-effective and equitable policy approach?

Questions?

Contact newhampshirenetwork@gmail.com to get more information or to join us.

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