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…

Proposed bill looks to introduce 5% severance tax on private land timber harvest in Oregon

Christina Girardinelli KTVL April 24, 2021 OREGON — If passed a bill that has been making its way through the Oregon House Revenue Committee would levy a 5% severance tax on private timber owners at the time of harvest and would direct…

How Federal Prohibition Is Turning Cannabis into a Climate Villain

Tim Dickinson April 20, 2021 RS Traveling north from San Francisco, the rolling vineyards of wine country soon give way to stands of redwoods and the famed cannabis lands known as the Emerald Triangle, where the local microclimate gives…

THE SMOKE AND MIRRORS DEFENSE OF RNG

The gas industry is writing checks that RNG alone can't cash. Laura Feinstein and Eric de Place  Sightline, April 19. 2021 Gas utilities are facing an existential crisis: fossil fuels have no future in a decarbonized economy. Yet that…

Methane Emissions Spiked in 2020. Scientists Fear Feedback Loops

Nick Cunningham, DeSmog Blog, April 12, 2021 Preliminary data shows that methane emissions jumped in 2020 by the largest amount since systematic record-keeping began decades ago. And despite a dip in polluting activities due to the pandemic,…

The Fossil Gas Scam

Alan Journet, Co-facilitator of Southern Oregon Climate Action Now, April 11, 2021 For years, natural gas industry corporations and organization have been promoting the claim that Fossil (Natural) Gas is 'the clean fossil fuel.'  This scam…

Oregon Climate Action Plan is Urgent

Letter to Editor by Alan Journet.  Medford Mail Tribune,  April 09, 2021 Rural Oregonians know we are experiencing warming, reducing snowpack, plus increasing summer drought and consequent fire risk. We also know that global warming caused…

The Path to Glasgow Starts in the Forest

A sign-on letter endorsed by SOCAN To: The Honorable Gina McCarthy, White House National Climate Advisor The Honorable John Kerry, United States Special Presidential Envoy for Climate Cc: The Honorable Tom Vilsack, United States Secretary…

What’s up with RNG (Renewable Natural Gas) and other fossil gas alternatives?

Alan Journet, Co-facilitator, Southern Oregon Climate Action Now April 2021 - updated May 2021 After years of persuading us that Fossil (Natural) Gas is ‘the clean fossil fuel,’ the gas companies have come up with a new campaign.  This…

Oregon Blueprint Lays Out Climate Equity Efforts

SOCAN presenters for our March 30th General Meeting (Cecilia Estolano and Asma Mahdi appeared on the Jefferson Exchange on Monday March 29th to discuss the document which they developed. When you have darker skin and less money--a frequent…

Oregon Climate Action Plan 1-year Report Card

OREGON CLIMATE ACTION PLAN ONE-YEAR PROGRESS REPORT Governor Brown, One year ago, you signed EO 20-04, the Oregon Climate Action Plan (OCAP), laying out the most sweeping action in state history to equitably transition Oregon to a clean energy…