Seeking Solutions to Climate Change



Hurricane Harvey illustrated what a serious threat global warming is to a developed nation. Much warmer waters in the Gulf of Mexico, a result of the increasing greenhouse effect, strengthened Hurricane Harvey resulting in a tragedy in Texas. Hurricane Irma wreaked havoc on Florida and Hurricane Maria decimated the US territory of Puerto Rico, producing a human catastrophe which will take months to resolve. The energy released by a hurricane is estimated at the equivalent of a million atomic bombs of the Hiroshima type – per day. Extreme weather will only worsen as the planet warms. Human civilization is dependent on energy sources. Can we mitigate global warming and if so, how can we do so without creating social and economic chaos?

We have two excellent climate change related presentations for the November 2 League Day. Dr. John Odell is Professor Emeritus of International Relations at USC and a Senior Fellow of the Centre for International Governance Innovation. He received his B.A. from the University of Texas and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He will discuss Practical Remedies for Climate Change with an emphasis on economic implications.

Our second speaker is Matt Skolnik from the Los Angeles County Office of Sustainability. Mr. Skolnik has been working on the Los Angeles Community Choice Energy (LACCE) project since 2015. He will explain the Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) program. This program separates the purchase of energy sources from the transmission and billing functions administered by the utility company. Local jurisdictions will be able to control their energy sources by creating a local board which will choose the energy source and be able to move to renewable sources of energy more quickly. The CCA program will also have financial control of these purchases and with the profit will be able to invest in new renewable energy sources.

The Natural Resources Committee members believe that moving to renewable energy sources as soon as possible is a significant and necessary first step toward saving the environment in which we live. We look forward to an interesting and informative morning with great speakers. Please join us!

League Day
Thursday, November 2, 2017
Women’s City Club
160 N. Oakland Ave. Pasadena

Enter parking lot from Madison,
second parking lot south of Walnut

8:30 a.m. ̶ Registration
9:00 ̶ Breakfast (optional)
9:30 ̶ 12:00 ̶ Program

Reservations are required. Program attendance has no charge. The served breakfast is optional at $25.00 per person. To register go to or phone 626-798-0965 by noon on Friday, October 27, 2017 (leave a message). Breakfast reservations not used must still be paid. If you must cancel, please call the League Office by noon on Monday, October 30.

Breakfast menu: Eggs, bacon, fruit, pastry, coffee, orange juice. You are very welcome if you are not a breakfast eater, but please make a reservation nevertheless, so we can plan the event logistics. Join us for coffee or tea even if you don’t eat.

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