Oregon Democrats join 40 federal lawmakers urging rehearing on landmark youth climate case

 ALEX BAUMHARDT Oregon Capital Chronicle Jul 2, 2024 More than three dozen Congressional Democrats, led by Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden, are hoping to help revive a landmark lawsuit against the U.S. government by 21 young Americans – including…

Pacific Power Strays Further Away From 100% Clean

Charlotte Shuff and Jennifer Hill-Hart, June 20, 2024,  CUB Energy Policy Conference Last year, regulators found that Pacific Power did not have a plan to meet emission reduction requirements. Now, the utility has doubled down on its faulty…

Rebates and Incentives for Electrification

Rewiring America has established a webpage that provided tips on federal incentives and rebates to help folks electrify their homes.   Information is available for state rebates and incentives when that is available. Currently, Oregon's Department…
SOCAN contingent at the CapitolAllen Hallmark

SOCAN Comments on the Medford Council Consideration of Minimum Parking Requirements

Alan. R.P. Journet Ph.D. Cofacilitator Southern Oregon Climate Action Now Facilitator SOCAN Medford Climate Action Team 7113 Griffin Lane Jacksonville OR 97530-9342 alan@socan.eco 541-301-4107 June 18th 2024 Mayor Sparacio and members…

SOCAN Comments on the DEQ Climate Protection Program RAC3

  Alan R.P. Journet Ph.D. Cofacilitator Southern Oregon Climate Action Now alan@socan.eco 541-500-2331 June 25th 2024   Nicole Singh and DEQ Greenhouse Gas Program Staff: I write again as cofacilitator of Southern…

SOCAN Program on the Environmental Rights Amendment

The SOCAN May 28th General Meeting  presentation by Mel Martin from the Oregon Coalition for an Environmental Rights Amendment (OCERA) will be screened on RVTV M-F at 5pm for the next two weeks. This is: Ch182 on Spectrum Ch 15 on Ashland…

Vision

SOCAN Comments on the ODF Vision for Oregon's Forests   Alan R.P. Journet Ph.D. Cofacilitator Southern Oregon Climate Action Now alan@socan.eco 541-500-2331 June 2nd 2024   Oregon Board of Forestry Oregon Department…

SOCAN Comments on Medford Minimum Parking Requirements Discussions

"LED Parking lot lights at Walmart Puerto Rico" by Walmart Corporate is licensed under CC BY 2.0. Alan. R.P. Journet Ph.D. Cofacilitator Southern Oregon Climate Action Now Facilitator SOCAN Medford Climate Action Team 7113 Griffin Lane Jacksonville OR…

Local climate group joins campaign to put environmental rights in Oregon Constitution

Southern Oregon Climate Action Now part of coalition to put amendment before voters Tony Boom, May 28th 2024, RV-Times Southern Oregon Climate Action Now has joined a coalition that seeks to add an environmental rights amendment to the…

Q&A: New Legislation in Vermont Will Make Fossil Fuel Companies Liable for Climate Impacts in the State. Here’s What That Could Look Like

The legal and moral case for holding companies accountable. Interview by Paloma Beltran, Living on Earth, May 25, 2024; Inside Climate News Vermont’s House and Senate have approved a bill that would make fossil fuel companies financially…

What you need to know about record-breaking heat in the Atlantic

Explanatory Note by Alan Journet Hurricanes generally originate as a Low Pressure area in the South Atlantic off the coast of Africa where oceans are warm and then flow west across the ocean becoming more intense as they turn into Tropical…

A Debate Rages Over the Putative Environmental Benefits of the ARCH2 ‘Hydrogen Hub’ in Appalachia

A Debate Rages Over the Putative Environmental Benefits of the ARCH2 ‘Hydrogen Hub’ in Appalachia Explanatory Note from Alan Journet While it is  certainly the case that combusting hydrogen to produce energy emits only water and is…

Emission standards, carbon charges and franchise fees all options to manage gas use

Emission standards, carbon charges and franchise fees all options to manage gas use Craig Breon for Ashland.news Climate change again occupied the minds of the Ashland City Council and local residents at Tuesday night’s council meeting,…

Scientists: Tell Citi to Stop Financing Climate Destruction

To: Citi CEO Jane Fraser and Citi Board Chairman John Dugan As scientists, researchers, and experts in our field, we are writing to emphasize the acute nature of the climate crisis, and to urge Citi to adopt a policy excluding financing for…

SOCAN Comments to Ashland City Council on the Climate and Clean Air Package

Alan R.P. Journet Ph.D. Cofacilitator Southern Oregon Climate Action Now alan@socan.eco 541-500-2331 541-301-4107 May 18th 2024     Mayor Tonya Graham Members of the Ashland City Council Councilors Bloom, Dahle, DuQuenne,…

SOCAN COMMENTS ON THE DEQ CPP RAC 2 meeting

    Alan R.P. Journet Ph.D. Cofacilitator Southern Oregon Climate Action Now alan@socan.eco 541-500-2331 May 15th 2024   Colleagues: I comment on the DEQ RAC meeting regarding the Climate Protection Program…

Federal agency announces next steps for Southern Oregon offshore wind energy

Monica Samayoa, OPB April 30th 2024 Coos Bay and Brookings are one step closer to having floating offshore wind facilities off their coasts The Southern Oregon coast is closer to hosting floating offshore wind energy, after the Biden…

SOCAN testimony to the Oregon Public Utilities Commission regarding the Pacific Power request for a rate hike

Pacific Power seeks from the Oregon Public Utilities Commissions approval for a rate hike that would support increased profits and pay for wildfire liability while supporting avoidance of the requirements of HB2021 to generate retail electricity…

SOCAN Comments on the ODF Post-Disturbance Logging Rules

Comments submitted by Alan Journet on behalf of SOCAN and SOCAN Activist Allen Hallmark as an individual.   Alan R.P. Journet Ph.D. Cofacilitator Southern Oregon Climate Action Now alan@socan.eco 541-500-2331 April  27th 2024   Reference…

SOCAN @ Earth Day 2024, SOU and RCC

SOCAN joined many organizations for the SOU Earth Day Extravaganza on Friday April 19th at the SOU Farm and then joined several other organizations at the Rogue Community College Earth Day on April 22nd itself at the HEC in Medford. KDRV…

All gas companies in Oregon fail to gain approval for plans on meeting state’s climate goals

The Public Utilities Commission rejected all three plans, saying they were ‘unreasonably optimistic’ about future gas demand Alex Baumhardt, Oregon Capital Chronicle, March 15th 2024 All three of the natural gas companies in Oregon will…

GUEST COLUMN: The climate ‘game’ we’re forced to play

Pepper Trail, RV-Times, April 16th 2024 Let’s play a game. It’s the climate-change game that every living thing on Earth has no choice but to play, starting ... NOW. The game is called Adapt/Move/Die, and rules are self-explanatory…

SOCAN Response to NW Natural Gas request for a rate increase

Northwest Natural Gas is seeking a rate hike from the Public Utilities Commission. This represents SOCAN's testimony in opposition. Follow-up comments after the Public Hearing are below   Alan R.P. Journet Ph.D. Cofacilitator Southern…
SOCAN contingent at the CapitolAllen Hallmark

Oregon Climate and Energy Network Comments to DEQ on the Climate Protection Plan revisions.

Joint letter by Oregon climate organizations to the Department of Environmental Quality regarding the new Rulemaking Advisory Committee consideration of a revised state Climate Protection Plan. This process results from a court decision to block…