PROJECT LEADER – ALAN JOURNET

Clean Energy Jobs Bill 2018-2019
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Pembina Jordan Cove LNG Export Facility, Federal Energy Regulatory C0mmission review information

The 2018 Green New Deal

This was developed by, and is being promoted largely by a youth organization called the Sunrise Movement.  Representative Alexandria Ocasio Cortez (AOC) is a leading proponent but many others have also endorsed it.  Ocasio Cortez and Senator Ed Markey have developed a Green New Deal Resolution that is being introduced into the federal House ans Senate.

The notion of a Green New Deal that combines environmental / climate consciousness with social justice seems very attractive – even exciting.  However, what the initial Select Committee proposal was tremendously naive (a naivete shared by many who should know better) regarding climate science.  That initial proposal focused on carbon, decarbonization, and a carbon-free economy as though carbon (dioxide) is the only problem.  We contacted them through several means to point out that the focus must be on greenhouse gases NOT carbon unless they want to promote natural gas and methane leakage.  The problem with a focus on carbon is that it ignores the non-carbon greenhouse gas Nitrous oxide, and undervalues the impact of other greenhouse gases (methane and the fluorocarbons with much greater global warming potential than carbon dioxide) thus promoting conversion by utilities and vehicles from coal/oil to natural gas.  This would promote the relatively large leakage of methane that results from fracking, processing and transmitting fossil (natural) gas. Then, after a few weeks, we learned that they had revised their proposal exactly as suggested.  We don’t know if it was just us or others commenting also, but I was pleased by the adjustment.  The text of the updated proposal for a Select Committee, though now moot, can be found here.

Since then, references to the GND  suggest again that its focus is on carbon.  We don’t know if this is because not everyone associated with the GND actually got (or understood) the message, or if it’s just reporters being out-of-date in their reporting, or being so locked into carbon in their minds that they don’t see the adjustment.
Anyway, while tentatively enthusiastic, we await confirmation that they really understand the since.  So, until our confidence grows in their understanding of this issue, we remain a little guarded. However, the text of their strategy is very promising.

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Government Group Project Description

In order to stimulate appropriate action at all levels, SOCAN is committed to reaching out to our elected representatives and their staffs both to express our concerns about climate change and its consequences, and advocate for or against positions held by these individuals and proposals that are under discussion. Our hope is to serve as a resource for technical knowledge and expertise on climate change and to support governments in taking action to address the problem.

Goals

Connection to SOCAN Mission

This project serves all three prongs of the Mission since it is clear we need bold federal, state, and local action to address the problem, we need to promote awareness and understanding about the causes and consequences of climate change among many of our representatives, and we wish to promote reducing the severity of climate change by both decreasing the causes of it and by preparing for its inevitable changes.

Accomplishments

To date, this team has organized successful visits of a delegation to the regional offices of Congressman Greg Walden, Senator Ron Wyden, and Senator Jeff Merkley as well as local city council members. Plans are underway to increase our contact with local representatives and city department staff.

How to Join

Please contact Alan Journet at alan@socan.info.

Background Information

While we are all individually responsible for doing the best we can do to address climate change through modification of our personal behaviors, the unfortunate reality is that this is a necessary but insufficient condition. Addressing this global crisis will take more than that; it will require the collective action of peoples throughout the world taking steps to curtail the greenhouse gas pollution that is increasing the global temperature and imposing havoc on our weather patterns. This global problem will take global collaboration. Beyond personal and corporate efforts, we want our local, state, and national governments to address climate change in a manner consistent with their authority and responsibility.

Resources

Federal Representative Contacts

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