Entries by Alan Journet

Guest Column: Evidence supports cap and trade now

Guest Column by Tom Bowerman, Bend Builletin, February 26th 2020 Why would Republicans leave the State over the Oregon legislature’s SB 1530 cap-and-trade bill? Why do they now oppose a proven policy which started as a Republican idea? Under national Republican administrations in the 1980’s cap-and-trade successfully reduced air pollutants involving sulfur in coal (acid […]

Do your job

Letter to Editor by Kathy Conway, Medford Mail Tribune, February 26th, 2020 Most have heard the phrase: “We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children.” While some commit to ensuring that our children benefit from a planet at least as healthy as the one we gained, others adopt […]

Do your job

Letter to Editor, Eugene Register Guard February 26th 2020 It’s obvious to anyone living in rural Oregon that climate change is happening. We are on the front lines. We know that a rapid reduction in the atmospheric concentration of greenhouse gases is the only way to counter the global warming trend and keep it within […]

The Legislature’s greenhouse gas reduction bill has been the session’s most complex and contentious legislation. Here’s what it means

Claire Withycombe and Jake Thomas, Eastern Oregonian, February 23rd 2020; Also in Medford Mail Tribune as ‘Cap and trade explained’ SALEM — The arguments and critiques are flying across the state about Senate Bill 1530, Oregon’s plan to set limits on — and shrink — the state’s greenhouse gas emissions. Proponents of the program say […]

We should support climate action in Oregon

Guest Opinion by Alan Journet, Sunday February 23rd, Medford Mail Tribune I am a biologist by training and career. Several decades ago, I was teaching an ecology course at Southeast Missouri State University when ecological theory and climate reality collided. As I was discussing how temperature and precipitation patterns determine the distribution of natural biological […]

Golden highlights revisions to climate proposal at Medford town hall

Nick Morgan, Medford Mail Tribune, Sunday February 23rd State Sen. Jeff Golden said many critics of controversial legislation designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Oregon don’t understand the latest revisions, or the latest economic impacts behind it. If Senate Bill 1530 passes, the cap-and-trade proposal that’s prompted demonstrations in Salem and proclamations of opposition […]

Climate action has to stay focused on fairness

Guest Column by Jeff Golden, February 16 2020 Since the Legislature reconvened on Feb. 3, I’ve heard hundreds of Oregonians — at rallies, in committee hearings, in Capitol hallways — make their case on Senate Bill 1530, the revamped cap-and-invest bill to slash greenhouse gas emissions. After years of working on this issue, I notice […]

Do you want two, four or more strokes?

Letter to Editor by Louise Shawkat Ashland Daily Tidings, Feburary 20, 2020 Tired of hearing them? Not baseball or golf, but ICE — we feed ICEs natural gas, gasoline, diesel, fuel oil or biodiesel. It’s the internal combustion engine! Our modern ICE, developed in the 1870s, is used in cars, planes, boats (four-stroke). Leaf blowers […]


The Climate Reality Project, January 30th 2020 Fossil fuel companies may claim to support bold action to avoid the worst of the climate crisis, but their actions tell a different story. It’s no secret that fossil fuel companies have cast doubt on climate science for decades. What’s more, it should be no surprise that they’ve spent billions lobbying against […]