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Thursday, September 22, 2016

Who will heed these warnings?

Years of citizen action, testimony, scientists' warnings, facts, studies, papers and other blatant warnings have not been enough to stop the transportation of hazardous substances, especially dangerous Bakken crude oil, by rail along our sensitive environmental centers, through our cities, and next to our precious clean water resources. Our so-called liberal president does nothing to stop it and the railroads' robotic response whenever a disaster occurs, "Safety is our highest priority."

Yet another warning has come in the form of a BNSF derailment near Ferryville. Tell me if any of the highlighted phrases below sound familiar, like you've heard them before from citizens telling governments and railroads that we need to stop these dangerous shipments.

"A BNSF freight train derailed Thursday morning on a washed-out bridge ...}

"One of the locomotives spilled about 2,500 gallons of fuel, with some making its way into the Mississippi River ..."

" ... access to the site is difficult because of damage from two days of heavy rains."

"... high water levels in the Mississippi are preventing crews from deploying booms ..."

What if these trains had been loaded with millions of gallons of even more toxic Bakken crude oil? What if those trains had leaked into the river with access blocked by flood waters?

This may not be our final warning, but it's surely one we must heed.


Thursday, September 15, 2016

From La Crosse Citizens' Climate Lobby


photo of the Penagon
 The Pentagon ordered its officials in January to start incorporating climate change into every major
 consideration, from weapons testing to preparing troops for war. Photograph: Charles Dharapak/AP
September La Crosse CCL Meeting
Tuesday, September 20th, 6:30 p.m.
Basement Meeting Room
UU Fellowship of La Crosse
401 West Ave S, La Crosse, WI
Parking behind the UU Fellowship building
Listen to the September International CCL Call:

In the News

Military experts say climate change poses 'significant risk' to security
The Guardian

photo of US soldiers"A coalition of 25 military and national security experts, including former advisers to Ronald Reagan and George W Bush, has warned that climate change poses a “significant risk to US national security and international security” that requires more attention from the US federal government.

The prominent members of the US national security community warned that warming temperatures and rising seas will increasingly inundate military bases and fuel international conflict and mass migration, leading to “significant and direct risks to US military readiness, operations and strategy". READ MORE

Popular Science

climate change infographic"In this xkcd comic, Randall Munroe tackled human-caused climate change, illustrating how Earth's average temperature has changed in the last 22,000 years, since the last glaciation — when glaciers were as far south as New York.

Munroe's comic beautifully illustrates the idea that while climate has changed before, it hasn't changed so suddenly. Four degrees Celsius warming over 22,000 years due to natural variations like changes in the Earth's orbit, or changes in the circulation of the oceans is one thing. Warming by two degrees Celsius over 100 years because of excessive greenhouse gas emissions is quite another."... READ MORE
photo of Bob Inglis

Former Congressman Bob Inglis

As we gear up to introduce and pass legislation, this is good time to look at the nuts and bolts of the legislative process, and who better to guide us than former Republican Congressman Bob Inglis. Inglis, who introduced his own carbon tax bill in 2009, left Congress in 2011 and founded RepublicEn, which is working to build support among conservatives for a market-based solution to climate change.

We look forward to seeing you at the September 20th meeting. Email with any questions.

All the best,
Larry Sleznikow
La Crosse CCL Co-leader

Sunday, September 4, 2016

The Neverending Story

Good news. Bad news.

This is good news:

This is the bad news:

You may have seen the story that leading insurance companies are demanding of the G20 nations that they stop funding fossil fuel development. We need to make this a US policy as well - no offshore fracking, no oiling in the Arctic, no oil/gas exports. None. Period.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Great news! CAR SHARE now available to La Crosse community!!

 Thanks to Brian's work with Enterprise, they have expanded their UWL car share program to the wider La Crosse community starting RIGHT NOW!!

The link to join (special $1 join rate and annual fee waived for the first year!) is here:

Scroll down to view the Enterprise videos that explain how the program works. Basically, you are able to rent a vehicle for short periods of time by reserving them online. You get 200 free miles per day, and the fees you pay include registration, insurance, etc. AND GAS. So basically you can own a car without owning a car and pay for it just when you use it.

(It's also possible that if you join this Enterprise plan you will be eligible to rent Enterprise car shares around the country - but this is not confirmed!)

This is a great excuse not to buy a car! And studies show that car share members usually drive less than their car-owning former selves or fellow community members. In addition, the vehicles are better utilized and a car share program reduces the need for parking infrastructure. More about the benefits to the climate of a car share program here: How car sharing accelerates sustainability

(And, this is a good video about our transportation options and which are better for the environment!)

We hope to set up a press conference about this new opportunity with Enterprise some time in September. If you join or plan to join this car share program, we hope you will consider participating when we get the event set up! Email if you'd like to be kept informed about this opportunity.

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Tell Enterprise to quit Dirty ALEC

From Climate Truth: It turns out that Enterprise, the world’s largest car rental company, is a dues-paying member of ALEC. ALEC is an extreme right-wing lobbying group that denies climate change and blocks climate action. I’ve signed on to this petition calling on Enterprise to cut all ties with ALEC immediately and live up to its own values of sustainability. 

As we prepare here in La Crosse to (we hope) help roll out an Enterprise  community car share program, we want to make sure new enviro-conscious members' money is not being spent to work against climate progress.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Sustainable La Crosse Commission meeting

The Sustainable La Crosse Commission will be meeting Thursday, August 18th, 4:00 PM in City Hall’s 5th Floor Conference Room

To discuss the following Agenda items:
  • Approval of July 21st, 2016 Minutes
  • Public Comment
  • Staff Report & Information Updates (Limited to ten minutes)
  • Discussion & Possible Action on Rules of Procedures for Election of Chairperson & Vice Chairperson, Citizen Member Appointment Dates, and Terms of Office
  • Review of Commission Activities and Expenditures Over the Last 5 Years; Consideration of Goals and Expenditure Requests for 2017FY
  • Discussion and possible action on an urban food growing policy – Pam Hartwell, HUAC


Saturday, July 30, 2016

Healthy Climate Solutions Tour - D.O.G.S. Puppet Show for ALL AGES!

Doctors and medical students from the group Climate 911 are touring the Mississippi River valley in August with a puppet show about climate solutions. The physicians and their puppets will perform in 14 river towns between Minneapolis and St Louis. In order to practice what they preach, the doctors are traveling by bicycle. Shows in our region include:

Wabasha (at River Rider Cycle & Specialty) - Saturday, August 6, 5:00
Winona (Lake Lodge) - Sunday, August 7, 7:00
La Crosse (Myrick Park) - Monday, August 8, 6:00
De Soto (Community Center) - Tuesday, August 9, 7:00
Prairie du Chien (Public Library) - Wednesday, August 10, 6:30

The show's title, D.O.G.S.. stands for "Dozens Of Good Solutions". The main characters are two dogs who train their humans to cut climate pollution in half in “a dog's life” (14 years). This aligns with scientific consensus on what we must do to keep global warming below 2 degrees C.

“We want people to know that not all good medicine tastes bad”, says Dr. Wendy Ring, the family physician who created D.O.G.S. “The clean air, walkable communities, and healthier diets which are spinoffs of climate action will save hundreds of thousands of lives by reducing chronic diseases such as obesity, diabetes, and asthma.” Dr Robert Byron, an internist/puppeteer from Montana, adds: “Good medicine isn't always expensive. The health savings from climate solutions are many times greater than their cost.”

Climate action has broad support from American medical organizations including the American Medical Association, National Medical Association, American Academy of Pediatrics, American Academy of Family Practitioners; American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology; American College of Physicians, American College of Preventive Medicine, American College of Chest Physicians, American College of Sports Medicine, American Thoracic Society, National Association of County and City Health Officials and the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials.

About Climate 911
Climate 911 is a national network of health professionals and students who educate and advocate for policies which decrease greenhouse gas emissions and improve public health.  For more information about the group, the health benefits of climate solutions, or their Healthy Climate Solutions Tour, visit