Entries by kathyconway

Jordan Cove Terminal/Pacific Connector Pipeline

Gas companies have been working for years on a massive fossil fuel infrastructure plan called Jordan Cove to export fracked gas from Canada and the Rockies through southern Oregon and onto ships bound for Asia from Coos Bay. Natural gas is NOT ‘the clean fossil fuel.’  While burning natural gas emits less carbon dioxide than burning oil […]

Is Biomass Energy Renewable?

Josh Schlossberg Climate Change, May 17, 2016 A report funded by Clean Air Council questions whether biomass should count as renewable energy, arguing that carbon dioxide and air pollutant emissions disqualify the controversial energy source. Wood Burning, Biomass, Air Pollution and Climate Change, by Christopher D. Ahlers, adjunct professor of Law at Vermont Law School, explains […]

April heat whacks Oregon snowpack

Mark Freeman, Medford Mail Tribune, May 7, 2016 Southern Oregon reservoirs rose quickly this spring and the region’s once-robust snowpack melted at double the rate as a record-breaking April heat wave became a streamflow game-changer in Oregon. While the hot weather helped fill Rogue Basin reservoirs such as Lost Creek and Applegate, the solar heat […]

Campaign of deception

Letter to Editor by Alan Journet, Medford Mail Tribune, May 18th 2016 Being ignorant is no character flaw. Ignorance just means being uninformed about something. There is nothing wrong with being ignorant. None of us can know all about everything; inevitably we are ignorant about some issues. Luckily, we can overcome ignorance by committing to […]

The Key Players in Climate Change

New York Times compendium article, April 21 2016 Diplomats from at least 167 countries are gathering in New York to sign the climate accord reached in December in Paris. Whether they make good on their pledges to slow dangerous greenhouse gas emissions will depend in large part on the actions in the years ahead by […]