Some Schuylkill County Residents Voice Concern on Climate Change

TREMONT, Pa. -- Areas in the coal regions of Pennsylvania are coming together to discuss climate change after they've seen their communities crushed by severe weather.

Pictures and videos from Tremont last week show hard, driving rain once again hitting this borough of fewer than 2,000 people -- a sight that's become all too familiar for this community after floodwaters tore through this area last summer.

"Every other day as the water comes down an inch or so within the hour, we've got flooded streets, very irate residents, and it's just been filled with frustrations," said Tremont Mayor Ricky Ney.

To come up with a solution to improve things, Tremont recently passed a resolution supporting federal climate action by urging Congress to enact the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act, also known as HR 763. The bill currently in the House would put a fee on carbon to encourage clean energy technologies.

"There is climate that is changing. The weather pattern is changing. The storms are getting worse, more tornadoes. What exactly is causing that? Some of the literature people use is Mother Nature, but Mother Nature has been here before all of us were born," said the mayor.

There are statistics that support part of that. 2018 was the wettest year on record in Pennsylvania, according to the National Weather Service

Leah Zerbe helps lead the newly formed Pottsville chapter of Citizens Climate Lobby, a grassroots organization whose focus is supporting legislation, such as HR 763, that will address climate change. Even in the coal region, this chapter already has 150 members.

"What we're seeing in this area with all of the flooding is: we are just not going to be divided by partisan politics and games anymore. What we're seeing at our meetings are Democrats and Republicans coming together to make meaningful change, because it's no way to live the way things are going on here," Zerbe said.

The Citizens Climate Lobby Pottsville chapter has a meeting Monday at the Pottsville Free Library at 6:30 p.m.

26 comments

  • xixaxxx

    WNEP comment section is full of 40 year old+ trolls. How about all you losers go back to listening to Limbaugh and Faux News.

  • Bill DeMott

    The climate science evidence was already overwhelming when I was finishing my Ph.D. in the late 1970s. Back then scientists from Exxon Oil published peer-reviewed science showing that the rapidly increasing fossil fuel emissions would cause a climate catastrophe. Now after a long and successful career as a scientist and professor, I am amazed that so many people deny the scientific evidence. These science deniers are kicking my grandchildren in the head. Great that this news piece included a plug for the local chapter of the Citizen’s Climate Lobby.

  • Jeff Woehrle

    20 years ago noted climate alarmist, Al Gore, famously predicted that much of Florida would be under water ten years from then. Ooops.

    More recently, Al the oracle predicted ankle deep water on the streets of Manhattan by 2015 due to “global warming.” Ooops again.

    Meanwhile, Al Gore made a lot of money off of the rubes he was able to hoodwink. Suckers are not born, they are made.

    • not_pennysltucky (@ds18301)

      I guess you don’t read much news. Miami/The Keys are facing a flooding emergency. NOW. Even (GOP) Governor DeSantis admits it and is working for action. The Tampa emergency flood zone has just been revamped again to include thousands more homes. NYC has just had to budget 10 billion dollars to keep the rising seas out of low-lying regions like Battery Park and the subways. Check out the Maldives (soon) as they have 30 years at best. The list goes on. You can wear your Koch Brothers blindfold all you want, but the cost of this catastrophe will be immense both in dollars and in human suffering.

      • yabbadabbadude

        Either you’re getting your “news” from unknown sources, or you’re just outright lying as usual. I found nothing for Miami/The Keys NOW (including Gov. DeSantis), Tampa flood zone expanded, 10 billion dollars for NYC, and another doomsday prediction that’s 30 years away and will probably never happen. List some of the sources you’re getting this information from.

      • yabbadabbadude

        Miami, Fla. – Elevation, 6′.
        Florida Keys – Elevation, 90% of the land mass at 5′ or less…highest point 18′.
        Tampa, Fla. – Elevation, 48′.
        Battery Park, NYC – Elevation, 0
        From WUWT (Watt’s Up With That) website – The NOAA tide gauge at Battery Park reading is a rise of 2.77 MILLIMETERS per year. At that rate it’ll take about 1300 years for Battery Park to be under water.
        There’s some numbers for you, drama queen.

    • Bob Stevens

      The whole Al Gore, AOC, Beto… Worlds gonna end in 12yrs thing just happens to line up with UN Agenda 2030 (formally Agenda 21)… get everyone off the rural land and into the cities, no personal vehicles, subsidized income, no free speech, no guns, and under control to be tax slaves… global governance… using climate change to pressure and shame people into falling for it. Mean while the elites still fly their private jets and have their several huge homes, ect. Hypocrisy and reintubation of wealth.

  • Bob Stevens

    Climate change is real, its a natural cycle, we cant do anything about it so we have to adapt, the whole global warming/cooling/blah blah is about redistribution of wealth. Plain and simple. China, India and Asia around the Indian Ocean are the cause of most of pollution, yet the west has to pay… its to crush western economies.

  • George Lamprinos

    “climate change” so say the same “scientists” who said we’re heading towards another ice age only a few years ago. I get it. They get funding if they can convince government there’s a problem and only the super-smart scientists can study it. Of course they’re gonna say there’s a huge problem so they can get lots of funding. Remember that funding is tax dollars.

  • not_pennysltucky (@ds18301)

    I love reading all the comments here from the highly-trained “experts” here. Science is not about “socialism” — it is about the data. The methodology is the same whether science cures a disease, puts a man on the moon or demonstrates that the climate has changed significantly since the massive burning of fossil fuels (which began in the 19th century). There is no debate about this. If you have an infection, you take a (science-developed) antibiotic and it is not “socialistic control”, it is just prudent. Finally, renewable, non-fossil fueled energy R and D is occurring world-wide (especially by China) at a “moon landing” pace and will be a trillion dollar/year industry, whether or not the US chooses to be a leader or…lose out on the greatest economic opportunity in human history.

    • yabbadabbadude

      You’re lying about China. From a Forbes article from January of this year: “Responsible for 46% of global production and 51% of global demand, China’s coal reliance is not falling nearly as fast as some like to claim.” China’s communist government limits free thinking and rewards for innovation, except for those at the top. The only thing that they’re doing is churning out cheap, plastic solar panels that are inefficient, have a working lifespan of 30 years, and are damaging to the environment to both produce and dispose of when finished with. The topper is they’re not even using any of them there.
      So tell me, Mr. J, about all of the dire predictions of global warming, global cooling, climate change, and now – climate disruption, that have come true. I’ll wait…

  • Jeff Woehrle

    Wow! Great idea!

    Because, you know, weather has like never been really bad before and stuff…

    • Rusty Knyffe

      Exactly, Jeff, and the world has never, ever experienced violent natural events like earthquakes, tidal waves, blizzards, or such-like. It has to be mankind that is causing this along with rogue asteroids. (rolling eyes out of sockets)

  • Scott Strouphauer

    I don’t think it is climate change that is the problem, it is the idiots who filled in the stripping pits up on the mountains and never took into consideration that the run off will now run down the mountain into the creeks and streams. Time to put the blame where it belongs. The state screwed up, don’t blame climate change!!!

  • Eric Barton

    When the weather trend is below average rainfall its blamed on climate change. Now we have an above average trend and its blamed on climate change. Seems to me when its all put together the rainfall averages out to normal..

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