Entries by Alan Journet

SOCAN visits our Champions

November 18th was the first day of a week of Legislative Days in Salem where legislators are in the Capitol and when – among other legislative duties legislators are available for constituents to visit and express  concerns.   In the arena of climate legislation, Representative Pam Marsh and Senator Jeff Golden are both genuine champions urging […]


Two November Reminder Notes

November 2019 Reminder Notes 1 – Legislative Days at the Capitol in Salem (Monday November 18th, 2019) We have been absent from the Capitol building for several months.  Meanwhile, Timber Unity, Industry, and our well-oiled opponents and their lobbyists have been inundating legislators in the Capitol with their ongoing campaign of lies and misinformation.  On […]

‘Greta Thunberg effect’ driving growth in carbon offsetting

NGOs report fourfold increases in investments in carbon-reducing projects in developing countries Sandra Laville, November 8, 2019, The Guardian Growing concern about the climate crisis and the “Greta Thunberg effect” are driving huge increases in individuals and businesses choosing to offset their emissions by investing in carbon-reducing projects in developing countries. NGOs and organisations involved […]

Golfing while California burns

Letter to Editor by Allen Hallmark, Medford Mail Tribune and Ashland Daily Tidings,  November 12, 2019 It is apparently not true that the Roman Emperor Nero played his fiddle while Rome burned in the conflagration of AD 64, although there does seem to be credible evidence that Nero ordered the fire started to clear space […]

Resist plastic

Letter to Editor by Louise Shawkat, Ashland Daily Tidings,  November 11, 2019 Plastics made from fossil fuels are in our cosmetics, soaps, clothes — in our everything. Eight percent of every barrel of oil becomes plastic. Fossil fuel industries receive direct subsidies and tax benefits equaling about $20 billion per year. In return, they degrade […]

The cost of HB 2020

Letter to Editor by John Limb,  November 10, 2019 On Oct. 19, Sarah Daley’s letter discusses what HB 2020 might cost the average residential energy user. She cites an increase of 80% in home heating and a gas price of $3 per gallon. In fact, the increase will likely be 8% for home heating and […]

Can Carbon Pricing Address Climate Justice?

If it’s to be truly effective in addressing the climate crisis, the Green New Deal must prioritize a just transition. James K. Boyce and Manuel Pastor,  The Nation, November 7th 2019 The details of the Green New Deal have yet to be fleshed out, but its central aim is crystal clear: to usher in the clean-energy transition […]

California wildfires: Climate change driving ‘horror and the terror’ of devastating blazes, say scientists

Andrew Buncombe, November 2nd, 2019 Independent The words from California’s former governor could barely have been more stark. “I said it was the new normal a few years ago,’’ says Jerry Brown. “This is serious, but this is only the beginning. This is only a taste of the horror and the terror that will occur in decades.” As firefighters in California continue to […]