Why Did Trump Release a Report Confirming Climate Change Is Real?

No By-line, Ecowatch, November 6 2017

Last Friday, the White House stunned many after it released a sweeping report concluding that climate changeis not only real, but it also poses as a major threat to the U.S. and humans are “extremely likely” to be responsible.

The 477-page National Climate Assessment, which was mandated by Congress and reviewed by 13 federal agencies, conflicted with President Trump‘s notorious stance on global warming as a “hoax.” It also defied Trump’s continued efforts to dismantle environmental regulations on both the national and international scale.


2017 Ranks Among 3 Warmest Years on Record

Alex Kirby, Ecowatch, November 6, 2017

For all of us, as 2017 proves to be one of the three warmest years on record, climate change presents a greater risk of sickness or death than it did four decades ago, the United Nations says. And for some of the world’s poorest people, the consequences of unpredictable weather caused by changing climate mean devastating disruption to their daily lives.

The news comes from the World Meteorological Organization, the UN system’s leading agency on weather, climate and water, which has published its 2017 report on the state of the global climate. Much of it makes somber reading.


Local organization confronts climate change

Newsroom Staff KOBI TV 5 October 31st 2o017

Medford, Or.- A local organization wants to pass a clean energy bill in Oregon in 2018.

Southern Oregon Climate Action Now or SOCAN met Tuesday night to educate people about climate pollution.


It’s Getting Hot In Here With State Legislative Session on Horizon, A Chance To Curb Emissions

Interview with Alan Journet by Phil Busse.

So far, Oregon’s efforts to curb harmful emissions has been, well, a lot of hot air. The state legislature started making plans a decade ago to lower greenhouse gases—and slow global warming. However, those plans were largely wishes and prayers, and not concrete plans.

In the ensuing decade, emissions have not waived, in spite of the Prius and wind power.

This coming legislative session, some concerned citizens and lawmakers are hoping to put bite where their bark is, with the introduction of the Clean Energy Jobs Bill.

Alan Journet is a co-facilitator for Southern Oregon Climate Action Now. He took time to try to explain the how and why to the Messenger.


Preserving native oak savannas

Mark Freeman, Medford Mail Tribune, October 30 2017

AMS VALLEY — A patch of oak savanna along the slopes of Lower Table Rock that was rehabbed last year already is showing enough signs of health that the warblers have taken notice.

There are fewer conifer-loving hermit warblers now that encroaching pine and firs have been systematically removed, and they’re being replaced by oak-loving black-throated gray warblers.


Forum to discuss climate change at Crater Lake

Lee Juillerat, Klamath Falls Herald and News; also appearing in the Medford Mail Tribune

Brian Ettling, who has worked seasonally at Crater Lake National Park for nearly 25 years, will describe how he’s observed the impacts of climate change at the park and elsewhere during programs in Lakeview and Klamath Falls next week.

Ettling, 49, is the lead speaker for the Oregon Stewardship Tour, presented by Citizens’ Climate Lobby. He said the goal of tour is to find climate solutions that can be supported by Rep. Greg Walden, R-Hood River, whose congressional district includes cities where the programs are being offered.


Truth Against the Machine Interview

Summer Swan interviews Alan Journet about Oregon’s 2018 Clean Energy Jobs Bill, climate science, and what we can do to avert global arm and its climate change consequences.


The Clean Energy Jobs Bill is just a few votes shy of having a majority vote

Alan Journet interviewed by Kimberly Kolliner on KTVL News October 15, 2017

JACKSONVILLE, Ore. – Southern Oregon Climate Action Now is hoping Oregon will not waiver in its commitment to considerably reduce greenhouse gas emission in the next 30 years.

House Bill 3543, signed a decade ago, set that plan in motion by establishing 2050 as the deadline to reduce gas levels to at least 75 percent below 1990 levels.



Local climate action group devastated by proposed EPA Clean Power Plan repeal

Story by Kimberly Kolliner , KTVL News, October 9, 2017


The Environmental Protection Agency plans to repeal the Clean Power Plan set forth by President Obama to curb greenhouse gas emissions produced by power plants.

The repeal is based on President Trump’s executive orders calling for a review of the legality of the Clean Power Plan.


Talent Community Center draws its power from the sun

Tony Boom, Ashland Daily Tidings, October 5 2017

The ribbon cutting for a solar array that will generate an estimated 86 percent of the Talent Community Center’s electrical needs will be held at noon Saturday as part of the city’s annual Harvest Festival.

The system went online last week.

A $60,000 grant from Pacific Power’s Blue Sky program and an $8,000 city match funded installation of the system in the 2-year-old building, at 104 W. Main St., which had been designed to accommodate solar power.