Entries by Alan Journet

Inflation Reduction Act

After many months of doubt and debate regarding the Congressional effort to address the climate crisis, the U.S. Senate has passed the Inflation Reduction Act on a purely party line vote under the protocol of budget reconciliation where only fifty votes and a tie-breaker from Senate President and Vice-President Kamala Harris are needed.  A tiring […]

Has the Titanic Sailed?

Reflections on the Supreme Court partisan tilt By Alan Journet – Thoughts on the Supreme Court  EPA Decision in W. Virginia vs EPA This session of the Supreme Court, announcing alarming opinions on a variety of issues, comprises majorities of justices appointed by Republican Presidents and ratified by Republican Senators. This was potentially among the most […]

Climate Spotlight: Our house is on fire

Barbara Cervone, Ashland.News June 14 2022 Reports of our inadequate response to the climate emergency roll in as regularly as the tides. The latest came from the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), telling us that the crisis is getting worse even faster than we’d imagined. It’s hard to envision a louder alarm, […]

Climate Spotlight: Phasing out ‘natural’ gas use in Ashland city facilities

Rick Barth, May 18, 2022, Ashland.News Climate change is an environmental, financial, and social justice issue. We will continue to see significant and worsening impacts right here in Ashland with irrigation district shutdowns, fires, extreme high temperatures and smoky summers. The economic impact of climate change is both immediate and long-term. In a recent Study Session […]

Clean Fuels Program expansion

Consistent with Governor Brown’s Executive Order 20-04 in March 2020, the state Department of Environmental Quality has developed an update to the targets for the state’s Clean Fuels Program.  The proposed program was discussed by the Environmental Quality Commission at its May meeting.  SOCAN offered oral and written (below) comments on this proposal.  While we […]

Oregon’s PUC Draft Report on the Future of Gas

Oregon’s Public Utilities Commission (PUC) declines to hold Oregon Gas Industry accountable for destroying our planet In a draft report released in April, Oregon’s Public Utilities Commission failed to come to grips with the problematic gas industry of Oregon and seemingly accepted, without question, many of the absurd claims they made. The deadline to submit […]