Entries by Alan Journet

Guest View: Rural Oregon seeks bold action on climate

Alan Journet, Eugene Register Guard,  September 18, 2021 “Code red for humanity.” Thus, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres introduced the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report. If global warming continues, our natural systems, along with our agriculture, forestry and fisheries, will be severely compromised, if not devastated. Rural Oregonians know how drought and decreased snowpack […]

Big oil’s ‘wokewashing’ is the new climate science denialism

Academic researchers say the fossil fuel industry has a new tool to delay efforts to curb emissions – a social justice strategy Amy Westervelt The Guardian.com, September 9, 2021 ExxonMobil has been touting its commitment to “reducing carbon emissions with innovative energy solutions”. Chevron would like to remind you it is keeping the lights on during this […]

Rural Oregon Seeks Bold Action

Alan Journet, Co-facilitator Southern Oregon Climate Action Now “Code Red for Humanity” Thus, U.N. Secretary General Guterres introduced the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report. If global warming continues, our natural systems, along with our agriculture, forestry and fisheries, will be severely compromised, if not devastated. Rural Oregonians know how drought and reducing snowpack […]

SOCAN joins meeting with Senator Merkley staff

Senator Jeff Merkley’s Natural Resources Policy Adviser Ben Schreiber visited Southern Oregon on September 1st with regional Field Representative Dahna Black to discuss regional perspectives on environment and social justice issues with Unite Oregon, Unete Center for Farmworker Advocacy and Southern Oregon Climate Action Now. They social distanced for over an hour at Blue Heron […]

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Long considered a “clean” energy source, hydropower can actually be bad for climate

 Ilissa Ocko /EDF / Published: November 15, 2019 A new EDF study published this week in Environmental Science and Technology shows that hydropower — the leading renewable energy technology projected to grow rapidly — is not always as good for the climate as broadly assumed. Moreover, continuing to assume that it is could mean that projects meant to reduce greenhouse emissions will […]

The Moral Imperative: A Dose of Reality

An addition to the SOCAN ‘General Science and Climate Change‘ page by Alan Journet. For some two and a half centuries we have all enjoyed the benefits of advancing mechanization and technology born of the invention of the steam engine and the subsequent industrial revolution. Although early warnings about the climate consequences of our burning […]

As Subsidies Roll in, the Fossil Fuel Industry Is Winning Efforts to Cast Blue Hydrogen as a ‘Clean’ Fuel

From the U.S. to Japan, governments are quickly putting money behind oil and gas industry efforts selling blue hydrogen produced by natural gas with carbon capture as a clean fuel for the energy transition. But new research finds blue hydrogen may be no cleaner than burning natural gas. Justin Mukulka desmog Blog August 23rd 2021 […]

METHANE GAS: HEALTH, SAFETY, & DECARBONIZATION Setting the record straight

SOCAN endorses this report: Nick Caleb, J.D., LL.M., Breach Collective Katherine Muller, Ph.D. Dineen O’Rourke, 350PDX Anne Pernick, Stand.earth Melanie Plaut, M.D. Dylan Plummer, Sierra Club Daniel Serres, Columbia Riverkeeper Brian Stewart, Electrify Now Noelle Studer-Spevak, M.S., M.P,A., Families for Climate Theodora Tsongas, Ph.D., M.S. Ann Turner, M.D. Introduction On May 6, 2021, the United […]

Fossil Fuel Companies Are Quietly Scoring Big Money for Their Preferred Climate Solution: Carbon Capture and Storage

The industry has been pushing through policies devoting billions of dollars to the technology, and much more is likely to come with legislation pending before Congress. Nicholas Kusnetz Inside Climate News, August 17th 2021 Over the last year, energy companies, electrical utilities and other industrial sectors have been quietly pushing through a suite of policies […]