Entries by Alan Journet

METHANE’S 20- AND 100-YEAR CLIMATE EFFECT IS LIKE ‘CO2 ON STEROIDS’

It traps atmospheric heat 87 times more effectively than CO2, then it becomes CO2 itself. Tarika Powell, Sightline – February 12, 2019 Methane, the primary component of fracked gas, is a highly questionable solution for decarbonization or reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Fracked gas is commonly purported to be a “cleaner” alternative to other fossil fuels […]

Report: Economic Benefits Of Cap And Trade Will Outweigh The Costs In Oregon

Cassandra Profita JPR February 10 2019 A new economic report finds Oregon’s proposed cap-and-trade plan would create thousands of jobs and boost household income while creating only modest increases in energy prices. Moreover, the report concludes, the more aggressive interim cap on greenhouse gas emissions proposed for 2035 would create even more economic benefits than a more […]

Long-awaited Oregon carbon cap bill is released

Wherever the word ‘carbon’ appears correct it in your mind to ‘greenhouse gas(es)’ Aubrey Wieber and Claire Withycombe , Capital Press – February 1st 2019 SALEM — After nearly a year of work by a legislative committee, a bill released Thursday afternoon outlines how Oregon would drastically cut its greenhouse gas emissions and become the second […]

Regain sanity

Letter to Editor by Lee Lull, Ashland Daily Tidings, February 2nd 2019 Greenhouse gases from fossil fuels are heating our world beyond its ability to cope. Unprecedented Australian fires are raging; Greenland is melting four times faster than ever; our Rogue Valley and the U.S. West Coast are slated for increased wildfire risk; the out-of-whack […]

LNG’s unforeseen consequences

Guest Opinion, Ray Seidler, Ashland Daily Tidings, January 18, 2019 According to the U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, during the last 30 years there have been 9,000 reported significant pipeline incidents nationwide with thousands of smaller events. This has resulted in nearly 550 deaths, 2,600 injuries, and a staggering $8.5 billion in financial […]

New opportunities

Letter to Editor by Bob Scheelen,  Ashland Daily Tidings / Medford Mail Tribune, February 2nd 2-19 Our political dysfunction continues: name-calling, tribalism of left and right, information bubbles, demonizing of opponents. We seem unwilling to move beyond prevalent dogmas and open-mindedly focus on current realities. More

What Is the Green New Deal? We Should Know Soon

Ryan Bort,  Rolling Stone, January 31st 2019 The president may not believe in climate change, but that isn’t stopping Democrats from pressing forward with efforts to pass meaningful legislation to fight the existential threat of our time. On Thursday Axios reported Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) are preparing to unveil a bill for a Green New Deal as […]

Colonization of the Americas may have driven the Little Ice Age

Two interpretations of this recently promoted proposition: European colonization of the Americas killed 10% of world population and caused global cooling,  While Europe was in the early days of the Renaissance, there were empires in the Americas sustaining more than 60m people. But the first European contact in 1492 brought diseases to the Americas which devastated the […]