Meeting Notes

July 2017 Meeting Notes

Iowa City Climate Advocates Meeting Minutes, July 8 2017
(Minutes prepared by Terri Macey)

People present: Jamie McCoy, Maria McCoy, Terri Donofrio, Charlotte Fairlie, Richard
Bushby, Chris Bergan, Del Holland, Linda Quinn, Terri Macey, Bill Panther, Eric Johnson,
Barbara Eckstein, Jim Throgmorton, John Macatee, Kai Hedstrom, Peter Rolnick
• Jamie McCoy reported on his progress finding endorsements for the CCL mission of
establishing a fee and dividend program for the U.S.
• Ryan Simpson of the Iowa City Chamber of Commerce said he would probably sign a
statement advocating action on climate change.
• John Balmer, CEO of Plumber Supply Company and an active Republican, was quite
supportive of a fee and dividend program.
• Jamie was advised to contact the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA)
Bishop for Joni Ernst’s Lutheran congregation, who was believed to be willing to
participate in a forum with Senator Ernst and is a proponent of climate action, and he
has agreed to meet with her (see note about CCL Conference below).
• There was discussion about contacting the Nurses Union and the head of the
University Athletic Department for endorsements.
• If anyone has additional suggestions for Jamie, please contact him
• The Yale Climate Connections has developed 90 second spots on climate change that are
available for free to radio stations. We discussed which radio stations to contact. If
anyone listens to local radio (other than NPR) please think about contacting the station
and asking them to air these spots. Jim Throgmorton suggested KXIC as a local radio
station to contact. Information about this program can be found at
• Attendees reported on the CCL conference. Six people from our chapter attended and
members of our group met with all six of our elected officials or their legislative
• Jamie met with Blum’s aid who said Blum (a Republican) would be willing to join
the Congressional Climate Solutions Caucus if he were invited. Discussion followed
about how to proceed, as Dave Loebsack (IC Democratic congressman) has said he is
willing to join if he had a Republican partner (Loebsack is already on the waiting list
to join the Caucus). It was decided to contact Loebsack’s office, inform him of
Blum’s interest, and ask him how he wishes to proceed, and also to have Sean Turner
(our only member who is a constituent of Blum) similarly contact Blum’s office. Peter
will attend to both things this coming week.
• Joni Ernst is willing to meet with community leaders on climate change. This is the
opportunity to contact her Bishop and have him be part of that meeting. Steve
Shivvers in Des Moines is organizing this.
• Barbara and Maria met with Steve King’s aid who seemed interested in a fee and
dividend program. They also met with Grassley’s aid and with Grassley, both of
whom expressed more interest in Carbon Fee and Dividend than previously. Grassley
said Carbon Fee and Dividend was okay with him, and is open to a bipartisan Senate
group on climate change.
• The Iowa City Council has made up to $5,000 available for groups interested in
collaborating on climate action. The goal is to sponsor events, activities, or programs to
inspire, energize and motivate people to take action on climate change. Collaboration is
key, and it was noted that we do not want to collaborate with other climate groups. One
suggestion was to host a job fair with local unions. Another was to collaborate through
the arts and perhaps host a film series. John MacAttee and Terri Macey are willing to
provide the administrative support for this and welcome ideas. Contact them at or
• John MacAttee would like to develop a working group on letter writing. His idea is to get
people together on a regular basis to write letters. The challenge of meeting with
newspaper editorial boards was discussed.
• The next lobbying days in Washington will be November 13 and 14. Peter recommended
that people make plans now if they wish to attend to allow time for transportation and
financial logistics to be arranged.
• Terri Macey is hosting a film get together at her home on Friday, July 21 at 7 p.m. We
will see a documentary on mining silica sand for fracking purposes in Iowa, Minnesota
and Wisconsin. The film is titled “The Price of Sand”. Terri’s address is 1366 Oxford
Place, Iowa City. The nearest cross streets are Muscatine and Scott. Peter will send an
email invitation. We agreed to try to have social events every couple of months.
• Jim Throgmorton, as Mayor of Iowa City, has signed the Mayor’s Global Compact. This
compact has been signed by representatives of about 10% of the world’s population. He
also has signed the Climate Mayors’ Letter. We appreciate Jim’s advocacy and leadership
on this issue.
• Our funds are down to about $80. We will collect donations at the joint potluck on
August 16 at Hickory Hill Park. There was no additional information about the
Gofundme campaign that Brandon was setting up.
• The CCL program included a presentation by Andrew Jones, head of Climate Interactive,
a research group that provides data about climate change scenarios to world organizations
and the press.
• According to the research, fee and dividend is the most powerful way to reduce
carbon emissions. It decreases emissions and increases alternative energy
• Jones listed 10 reasons why there is reason to be optimistic about managing the
effects of climate change. These included an upwelling of support at the local level in
the face of Trump’s resistance to the reality of climate change; global emissions have
leveled off for the past three years; 7 out of 10 of the world’s largest economies have
put a price on carbon; the existence of the bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus and
others. Marshall Sanders, the CCL founder, discussed the origins of CCL and, in
particular, how they settled on Carbon Fee and Dividend as the best solution to the
• The meeting adjourned at 1:05

May 2017 Meeting Notes

CCL Meeting Minutes 5/13/17 (prepared by Kai Hedstrom)


• Potential for setting up a Go Fund Me account (Brandon Jennings going to look into this) [Brandon is doing it…thank you Brandon!]
• Discuss this further with Peter

II.) Report on the Run/ Walk

• 78 people registered
• Lots of other groups tabled there (100 grannies, Environmental Advocates, etc.)
• Mayor Jim Throgmorton spoke about what the city is doing.
• Rob Hogg was there.
• Well done Eric Johnson in orchestrating a very smooth event.

III.) Linda Quinn Earth Day Tabling

• Cold calls haven’t worked well. (Loebsack’s district friends- you have to contact them).
• Have to try and influence people outside our bubble.
• Summer tabling opportunities?

IV.) Gazette and Daily Iowan Newspapers

• Brandon could do the Gazzette [thank you, again, Brandon!]
• Peter would like to know about/ have copies of any letters to the editor/ congressman.

V.) Lobbying Day Planning

• Personalized
The Call Itself

Dr. Natasha DeJarnett- Policy Analyst at the Environmental Health Association

• 1,170 people have already registered for the conference, and 154 are on the waiting list.
• APHA- Global community of Public Health Officials.
• A big emphasis of her talk was that we are the last generation that can do something about climate change.
• Discussed many of the negative health impacts on society caused by climate change such as air quality, flooding and longer, hotter warm seasons.
• Overall health is quite a compelling argument to do something about climate change.


Upcoming Events:

June ICCA Meeting: Sat, Jun 10, 2017 11:00 am to 1:00 pm, Iowa City Public Library, Meeting Room D, Public welcome

CCL Call-in Day June 9
Purpose: Congress needs to hear from citizens that we want them to enact carbon fee and dividend. On June 13th nearly a thousand citizens from across the nation (and six from our group!) will be meeting with members of Congress in DC to push for our proposal. Time and again we hear from members of Congress that they don’t hear enough from their constituents that climate change matters to them. Calling your Senators and Representative will help create the political will needed to solve global warming. Even a dozen calls to a congressional office have been shown to make a difference.
When: Call your legislators ahead of time on Friday, June 9th to amplify our voices and help move Congress closer to passing our legislation. If you can’t get through on Friday, try leaving a message over the weekend or trying again on Monday, June 12th.
How: Click the button here to get phone numbers, a prompt on what to say and to log your call: Make the call!
Call-in Day Resources: CCL’s online tool makes it easy to find your members of Congress’ phone numbers and to report your call.

June CCL Conference and Lobby Day in DC:
The 2017 CCL/CCE conference and lobby day is set for June 11-13 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC.
Early registration ends April 30!
Registration Deadline is May 26.

Sierra Club and Iowa City Climate Advocates Joint Potluck,
Wednesday, August 16, 6 pm Hickory Hill Park North Entrance (Conklin Street Entrance)
Come share a dish and meet with other Sierra Club members and members of Iowa City Climate Advocates, 100 Grannies, and Environmental Advocates at the Sierra Club’s yearly potluck. The band Sweet Cacophony (acoustic folk, blues, etc.) will play from 6:30 to 8:30. Possible hike after the potluck.

November CCL Conference and Lobby Day in DC, exact days to be announced.