Entries by Alan Journet

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Lead by example

Letter to Editor by Kathy Conway, Ashland Daily Tidings, December 8, 2018, Medford Mail Tribune, December 10, 2018 The 2018 United Nations report clearly identified the need to keep warming below 2.7 degrees Fahrenheit above pre-industrial levels. The 2018 U.S. Global Change Program’s Fourth National Climate Assessment Report warning of the destruction and economic costs […]

Oregon Governor Brown’s Climate Agenda

Vision: Oregon has a strong, innovative, and inclusive economy that achieves the state’s climate emissions goals through a complementary set of policies, including a least-cost, market-based greenhouse gas emissions pricing program.Executive Summary:Climate change threatens our communities, our economy, our ecosystems, and our way of life in Oregon. We see the effects of climate change in […]

Jordan Cove Pipeline

Letter to Editor by David Sours, The Applegater, December 2018 Avista Utilities notifies customers that a pipeline rupture in British Columbia might result in a shortage to residences and businesses in southern Oregon. They ask us to conserve natural gas. Is that all? No! In Prince George, BC, the First Nation evacuates its community due […]

Republicans irrelevant on climate

Letter to Editor by Bob Scheelen, Medford Mail Tribune, December 4, 2018 Republicans have declared themselves irrelevant on the largest issue of this century: the race to mitigate the civilization-threatening effects of human-caused climate devastation. The Republican climate change denier caucus yells hoax in the face of overwhelming scientific and experiential evidence, summarized in the […]

These disasters are not natural

Letter to Editor by Trish Vigil, Medford Mail Tribune,  December 4 2018 The term “natural disaster” was used several times in articles in the Mail Tribune (Nov. 25). Lumping disasters clearly enhanced by human stupidity under the heading “natural” clearly helps us evade responsibility. But it’s not very accurate. More

Climate Denial Was the Crucible for Trumpism

It’s where the conspiracy theorizing and menacing of critics began. Paul Krugman, New York Times Opinion, December 3, 2018 Many observers seem baffled by Republican fealty to Donald Trump — the party’s willingness to back him on all fronts, even after severe defeats in the midterm elections. What kind of party would show such support for […]

The wrong cause

Letter to Editor by Alan Journet, Ashland Daily Tidings, December 3, 2018 As you’ve heard: “Denial ain’t a river in Egypt!” Denial flows from Washington, D.C. to the western states. Data indicate that the area burned by fire has been increasing over the last few decades. But data also tell us that going back a […]

The 2018 U.S. National Climate Assessment Report

Available here as a pdf of the full report. Available here as overview and chapter summaries. Summaries of the report: Climate impacts grow, and U.S. must act, says new report Alejandra Borunda, National geographic, November 23 2018 A Report Not to Be Buried: Part II of the Fourth National Climate Assessment Bob Henson, Weather Underground November 26, 2018 Latest National Climate […]

Commentaries on the 2018 IPCC ‘Urgency’ Report

The report itself is available here 1. Oliver Milman, “Scientists say halting deforestation ‘just as urgent’ as reducing emissions,” The Guardian, October 4, 2018. 2. Stephen Lahey, “Climate change impacts worse than expected, global report warns,” National Geographic, October 7, 2018. 3. Hiroko Tabuchi, Claire Rigby and Jeremy White, “Amazon Deforestation, Once Tamed, Comes Roaring Back,” […]

A good answer

Letter to Editor by David Beale, Medford Mail Tribune, November 30 2018 A good answer to our horrible wildfire and smoke problem has already been worked out and approved by our local governments. Let’s not spend another 10 years in studies figuring out what to do. We just have to fund the plan, and it […]