How to sabotage climate legislation? An Exxon lobbyist explains.

Kate Yoder, Grist, July 2nd 2021 All the billions ExxonMobil spent on PR went up in flames this week after a sting operation by Greenpeace recorded one of the oil giant’s lobbyists talking about what goes on behind the scenes — sabotaging…

Spotlight #17: Marsh Leads State Climate Action Victories

July 2, 2021 By Lorrie Kaplan, Chair, SOCAN-Ashland Climate Action Project PAM MARSH ADMITS SHE IS “KIND OF EXHAUSTED” after achieving a slew of climate action victories to close the 2021 state legislative session last weekend. Marsh,…

SOCAN Blog Q&A with Pam Marsh

2021 Oregon Legislative Session Ends with Major Advances for Climate and the Environment An interview with Rep. Pam Marsh, June 27, 2021 By Lorrie Kaplan, Chair, Ashland Climate Action Project of Southern Oregon Climate Action Now.   Lorrie:…

SOCAN Comments on the ODF draft Climate Change and Carbon Plan

The following comments were submitted in response to the draft Oregon Department of Forestry Climate Change and Carbon Plan. SOCAN Comments on ODF Climate Change and Carbon Plan Alan Journet, June 28th, 2021 Colleagues: I write as cofacilitator…
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Climate Plan Victory: It’s Up to Me — and You

Spotlight #16: June 18, 2021 By Lorrie Kaplan, Chair, SOCAN-Ashland Climate Action Project SOME HOPEFUL NEWS: With continued political will and funding, Ashland’s municipal operations can achieve its climate goals established under our…

As Climate Warms, a Rearrangement of World’s Plant Life Looms

Previous periods of rapid warming millions of years ago drastically altered plants and forests on Earth. Now, scientists see the beginnings of a more sudden, disruptive rearrangement of the world’s flora — a trend that will intensify…

Kalama methanol plant on lower Columbia River called off by developers

Troy Brynelson (OPB) and David Steves (OPB), Oregon Public Broadcasting, June 11 2021 Developers appear to be calling it quits on a long-planned and controversial proposal to build a $2 billion methanol plant on the banks of the lower Columbia…

After our investigation, Oregon House moves to curb forest institute’s power and budget

Tony Schick and Rob Davis,  June 8, 2021, OPB The Oregon House voted Tuesday to cut the Oregon Forest Resources Institute’s budget by two-thirds and redirect the money to the type of climate science it tried to undermine, delivering a sharp…

Flick the switch

Letter to Editor - Louise Shawkat,  June 8, 2021, Ashland Daily Tidings Flick the switch Electrifying one’s home is not just flicking a switch. Why electrify in the first place? If new construction includes fossil fuel systems no one will…

Op-Ed: The complex link between population decline and a warming planet

Jade Sasser, Los Angeles Times, June 7, 2021 It’s time to stop blaming overpopulation for our environmental woes and start looking at the factors that really matter — resource consumption and toxic exposure as population growth and fertility…

SOCAN Comments on DEQ Rulemaking Advisory Committee Session 5

Submitted to DEQ by Alan Journet, May 29, 2021 Colleagues: Once again, I write on behalf of Southern Oregon Climate Action Now, an organization of some 1500 rural southern Oregonians concerned about global warming and its climate chaos…

Drought is ravaging the West

Henry Fountain, The U.S. Drought Monitor produces a map of the United States every Thursday that shows drought-stricken areas in various colors, and recent ones have been alarming. Not only is almost the entire Western half of the country…

The plastics within

Letter to Editor by Bruce Bauer,  May 10, 2021 Plastics are everywhere: on top of Mount Everest ,in the Antarctic and inside 98% of humans. You might feel fine, but someday you might not, and who knows if plastics cause cancer or heart disease. I…

Is it better to be late than never?

Letter to Editor by Louise Shawkat, April 28th 2021 In Europe, when corporations were invented, the purpose was to establish not-for-profit entities to build institutions, such as hospitals and universities, for the public good. By the 17th…

We need to electrify

Letter to Editor by Trisha Vigil, May 19, 2021 Anyone living through Oregon’s 2020 fires knows we are in a climate emergency. We all need to understand that the prime cause for this climate crisis is our using fossil fuels: coal, oil and…

Don’t believe hydrogen and nuclear hype – they can’t get us to net zero carbon by 2050

Big industry players pushing techno-fixes are ignoring the only realistic solution to the climate crisis: renewables Jonathon Porritt, The Guardian, March 16 2021 Now that the whole world seems to be aligned behind the goal of net zero carbon…

New Study Decodes ExxonMobil’s ‘Modern’ Climate Misinformation

Where it’s no longer credible to deny climate change, the fossil fuel giant puts the focus on ‘risk’ and blame on consumers, in echo of tobacco industry PR, researchers find. Sharon Kelly DeSmog International May 14, 2021 The fossil…

Renewable Energy Capacity Jumped 45% Worldwide In 2020; IEA Sees ‘New Normal’

Bill Chappell, May 11, 2021 KNKX Despite the pandemic, the world's renewable energy capacity jumped 45% to 280 gigawatts in 2020, part of "an unprecedented boom" in wind and solar energy, according to a new report from the International Energy…

Spotlight: Natural Gas is a Fossil Fuel

April 23, 2021 By Lorrie Kaplan, Chair, SOCAN-Ashland Climate Action Project ENVIRONMENTALISTS AND PROPERTY RIGHTS ADVOCATES may feel some relief and satisfaction that the Jordan Cove liquified natural gas pipeline project has been stalled…

NOAA unveils new U.S. climate ‘normals’ that are warmer than ever

Bob Henson, Jason Samenow, The Washington Post WASHINGTON - The official calculation of what constitutes “normal” U.S. climate has been updated - and to virtually nobody’s surprise, it’s a warmer picture than ever before. On…

The Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) Conundrum

The following letter is being sent to legislators to address the support that RNG is receiving in 2021 legislative proposals: Legislator: I write as co-facilitator of Southern Oregon Climate Action Now, an organization of some 1500 rural…

EPA moves to restrict powerful planet-heating gases in air conditioners and fridges

Environmental Protection Agency proposes rule to cut production and import of HFCs in the US by 85% over the next 15 years Oliver Milman, May 3rd 2021, The Guardian The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has moved to restrict the…

The Sky’s the Limit: Solar and wind energy potential is 100 times as much as global energy demand

Solar and wind potential is far higher than that of fossil fuels and can meet global energy demand many times over, unlocking huge benefits for society. Carbon Tracker Article, April 23rd 2021 With current technology and in a subset of…

Dare we hope? Here’s my cautious case for climate optimism

The Green New Deal, formerly seen as radical, is now in mainstream debate. And renewable energy becomes more efficient every day Rebecca Solnit, The Guardia, May 1st 2021 That we are living in science fiction was brought home to me last…