Philadelphia PA IPL Local Chapter Meeting – October 2021

The Philly Chapter of PA IPL meets each month on second Tuesday evenings at 7:00 PM EST via Zoom. The next meeting will be held on October 12th:

“Bomb Trains” through Philadelphia
Transporting Fracked Gas to Gibbstown, NJ

What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

The Gibbstown Liquefied Natural Gas [or LNG] Export Terminal is proposed for a deep water port on the Delaware River, south of Philadelphia and north of Chester in Greenwich Twp., NJ. The project’s footprint begins in the Marcellus shale in northcentral PA where shale gas would be extracted from fracked wells, then liquefied at a plant they want to build in Bradford County. From the proposed plant in Wyalusing Twp., PA, trains and trucks would carry the LNG about 200 miles through dozens of communities including densely populated Wilkes Barre, Reading, and Allentown, through Philadelphia neighborhoods, across the Delaware River to New Jersey and south through Camden and other communities. From the proposed terminal dock, the LNG would be transported in enormous ships down the Delaware and overseas for sale.

Up to two 100-tankcar trains per day would traverse Philadelphia – trains that are so dangerous that the federal government banned their use for LNG transport up to now. They are referred to as  “bomb trains” because the explosive force of the LNG should there be an accident would impact all the City, with the most intense and swiftest catastrophic effects along the train route, unjustly impacting Black and Brown and low income communities.

Our presenter, Tracy Carluccio, is Deputy Director and a founder of the Delaware Riverkeeper Network (DRN), a non-profit founded in 1989 with the mission of protecting and defending the Delaware River, its tributaries, habitats, and communities, both human and nonhuman. DRN is one of the organizations leading the fight against the Gibbstown LNG terminal and the bomb trains that would supply it. Tracy will be talking about the LNG project, its adverse impacts, the potential for disaster, how something so dangerous got approval, and what can be done now to stop it.

Now Available: Video of September’s PA IPL Philadelphia Chapter Program!

Cleaning Up Pennsylvania’s Electric Generation – Pushing RGGI Across the Finish Line!

The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI – pronounced “Reggy”) is Governor Wolf’s effort to begin cleaning up the Commonwealth’s electricity generation. RGGI is a “cap and trade” mechanism for putting a price on CO2 emissions from power plants. States in New England and the Mid-Atlantic regions that have been part of RGGI for years have reduced their CO2 emissions significantly and have generated major revenue that has been invested in clean energy and other programs to address climate justice. In Pennsylvania RGGI has cleared several major hurdles toward implementation but still faces significant opposition.

At our September PA IPL Philadelphia Chapter program we had several participants who have been following RGGI since its introduction in Pennsylvania and are very familiar with its provisions and what remains to be done to ensure RGGI’s success:

  • Bill CozzensPA IPL Board member and climate activist with several organizations will be introducing the panelists, providing some background information on RGGI, and moderating the audience discussion and Q&A period
  • Nora Elmarzouky, a climate justice organizer working for POWER Interfaith. Nora is the staff person supporting POWER’s RGGI Advocacy team and its Public Utility Commission Working Group.
  • Liz Robinson, former Executive Director of the Energy Coordinating Agency Philadelphia, is currently serving as Executive Director of the Philadelphia Solar Energy Association. Liz is an active member of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting’s Eco-Justice Collaborative: Quakers in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware promoting clean energy and economic, racial, and social justice. Liz has been actively supporting RGGI since its introduction.

RGGI is a complex regulation with lots of components. During our meeting Liz and Nora unpacked some of the complexity and helped us understand the benefits and current status of RGGI in Pennsylvania and what we can do to help push RGGI across the finish line.

Topics covered include:

  • How RGGI works and what impact it is likely to have on electric generation and costs
  • Benefits: reduction of CO2
  • Benefits: Funds available for clean energy and investments in environmental justice communities. How should funds be allocated?
  • Current status of approval
  • Opposition to RGGI
  • Steps we can take to move RGGI forward

Philly IPL Monthly Chapter Meeting

The Philly chapter of PA IPL meets each month on second Tuesday evenings at 7:00 PM via Zoom.  We email a link to people a week prior to the meeting — often with a bit of special program description.  We hope you will join us!

To make sure you get the links, reach out to convener Rev. Cheryl Pyrch by emailing her at philadelphia@paipl.org — and be sure to add philadelphia@paipl.org to your contacts!

Watch this space for specific program information.

At this month’s meeting, we’ll spend some time on the general direction(s) we might take over this year, and are hoping we can choose one project/initiative we would like to work on this spring (in addition to the Tree Tenders project). Please come with ideas.

We hope you will join us!

PHILA: Can We Talk? Communicating with Friends, Family, Neighbors, Fellow Congregants, Coworkers about Climate Change

Agenda
6:45 – tea/snacks
7:00 – PA IPL chapter business meeting
7:30 – Can We Talk? Communicating with Friends, Family, Neighbors, Fellow Congregants, Coworkers about Climate Change

According to Earthjustice, most Americans say that they care about the environment, yet a growing number believe that the situation is hopeless. And even those who think that something can be done don’t engage nearly as much in environmental advocacy as one might expect. 

This disconnect between ecological concern and action must be addressed, given the broad public support needed to tackle increasingly complex ecological challenges, including climate change.

We’ll take a look at the Ecological Roadmap, a national segmentation study of the American public that organizes people according to how they rank more than 130 social values which help shape the public’s understanding of, and engagement in, environmental issues. 

After some conversation, we’ll have a chance to try out some conversations/role plays with people who we’d love to talk with, but who see the world from some very different perspectives.

All welcome! RSVPs appreciated but not required.

Agenda / 6:45 – tea/snacks / 7 – business meeting / 7:30 – above program
Organizers: Philadelphia chapter of PA Interfaith Power & Light 

Philadelphia PA IPL — local monthly meeting

The Philadelphia chapter of PA IPL is very active.  Chapter volunteers plan workshops, services, and work in coalition with many other groups bringing faith voices to climate justice and clean energy transition efforts, and they bring climate justice voices to faith work. Their monthly meetings are on the third Tuesday of the month at 7:00 PM,  and are open to everyone. Particular meetings may focus either on planning or on a particular program.

The group meets on THIRD Tuesdays at 7:00 PM at Summit Presbyterian Church in Mt. Airy.  All are welcome.  If you wish, you can let chapter chair Rev. Cheryl Pyrch know you are coming.

Philadelphia PA IPL — local monthly meeting

The Philadelphia chapter of PA IPL is very active.  Chapter volunteers plan workshops, services, and work in coalition with many other groups bringing faith voices to climate justice and clean energy transition efforts, and they bring climate justice voices to faith work. Their monthly meetings are on the third Tuesday of the month at 7:00 PM,  and are open to everyone. Particular meetings may focus either on planning or on a particular program.

The group meets on THIRD Tuesdays at 7:00 PM at Summit Presbyterian Church in Mt. Airy.  All are welcome.  If you wish, you can let chapter chair Rev. Cheryl Pyrch know you are coming.