Editorial: 1 in 3 Americans now ‘alarmed’ by climate change. Why aren’t our leaders?

Los AngelesTimes Editorial, January 13 2022 New results from a long-running public opinion survey show that about 1 in 3 Americans is now “alarmed” by global warming. Is it any wonder, given the horrific onslaught of fires, floods, heat…

See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil

A review of ‘Don’t Look Up’ by Alan Journet. -  In a cast panel discussion, Meryl Streep, who plays doomed President Orlean in Don't Look Up, argued that “The way to reach people is…with a joke.” To me, the funniest moment was…

Are baby steps enough?

The U.S. Congress is beset by one party that totally rejects climate (and maybe all) science and resists any sane action to protect the livability of the planet for future generations - including their children and grandchildren, and a ruling…

How Will Redwoods Fare Under Wildfires in a Changing Climate?

To reduce the threat of severe wildfires, we need to act on climate change, protect and restore our forests, and learn to live with “good” fire. Kristen Shive Save the Redwoods, Autumn/Winter 2020 The record-breaking 2020 wildfire…

Biological Consequences of Climate Change: A Southern Oregon Perspective

Our biological world whether individual species or natural ecosystem assemblages of species of flora and fauna) are dependent on the two dominant consequences of global warming: temperature and precipitation; they are fragile! In Biological…

2021: A Tipping Point Year?

Brian Stewart, Electrify Now As 2021 comes to a close, it is a great time to reflect on all that has been accomplished this past year in our efforts to create a clean energy future. Along the way, we may be have been disappointed that not…

Oregon’s Climate Protection Program restores our reputation

Guest column by Alan Journet submitted across the state: Medford Mail Tribune, December 26th, Eugene Register Guard, January 1st 2022. Alan Journet Co-facilitator Southern Oregon Climate Action Now Jacksonville, Oregon alan@socan.eco December…

Inside Clean Energy: Here Are 5 States that Took Leaps on Clean Energy Policy in 2021

While federal policy fell short of expectations, many states had high ambitions and delivered results. Dan Gearino, Inside Climate News, December 23rd 2021 It’s understandable if people are feeling dour during this unseasonably warm December…

SOCAN comments to the Oregon Transportation Commission on their planning

Submitted to OTC by Alan Journet December 20th 2021 Colleagues: I write as cofacilitator of Southern Oregon Climate Action Now, an organization of over 1600 rural Southern Oregonians who are concerned about global warming and its climate…

Sweeping plan to wean Oregonians from fossil fuels approved by regulators

Ted Sickinger, The Oregonian, Dec 15 2021 Policymakers for the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality on Thursday voted 3-1 to adopt a controversial Climate Protection Plan that would eventually have far-reaching impacts on every resident…

Unprecedented die-offs, melting ice: Climate change is wreaking havoc in the Arctic and beyond

Susanne Rust, Dec 17th 2021 Los Angeles Times KODIAK ISLAND, Alaska —  Forces profound and alarming are reshaping the upper reaches of the North Pacific and Arctic oceans, breaking the food chain that supports billions of creatures…

Blindness in the climate fight

Many of us spend time and resources trying to do what is best to fight global warming and its climate change consequences.   It is only consistent, then, that we should not use banks that invest in and offer loans to fossil fuel extraction…

SOCAN Endorses Approval of the Oregon Climate Protection Program.

Press Release Distributed December 16th 2021 following approval by the state Environmental Quality Commission of the Climate Protection Program rules developed by the Department of Environmental Quality. Southern Oregon Climate Action Now (SOCAN)…

Miller: Strong climate action critical to Oregon business leadership

Tim Miller, Portland Tribune, December 9, 2021 Tim Miller is director of Oregon Business for Climate, a league of Oregon businesses advocating for ambitious, equitable, effective climate policies and programs. Savvy Oregon businesses plan…

The Future of Fine Wines in the Applegate Valley

Alan Journet,  The Applegater, December 2021 Most Applegate Valley residents involved in agriculture and forestry know their future success depends on the climate. All plants require the climate in which they have succeeded historically.…

FOSSIL FUELED FOREIGN POLICY: WHY COP26 FLOPPED

Western observers want to blame India for the failure of the UN climate talks. Not so fast. Basav Sen, December 1st 2021 Foreign Policy in Focus The UN climate talks (Conference of the Parties, or COP26) in Glasgow, Scotland, concluded in…

This may really be the end of the ZOMBIE

SOME CHEERING NEWS! The Zombie Project seems to be dead! Pembina, the Canadian company behind the disastrous Jordan Cove LNG Export Facility and Pacific Connector Pipeline projects has withdrawn its application to the Federal Energy Regulatory…

Climate Change and Life on Earth

Alan Journet,  November 30 2021 We are dependent on the biological world from which we evolved for our survival. Despite this obvious reality, many individuals ignore the impact of global warming and its climate change consequences on that…

My AML Analog for the Climate Crisis – A Personal Story

Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) is a bone marrow cancer. My experience with AML reminds me where we are in the climate crisis Alan Journet,  November 23rd 2021 As Thanksgiving approaches another year has passed and I reflect on the many…

Oregon trees cooked during summer heat waves

Drought and intense heat waves delivered a “knockout punch” for hundreds of thousands of acres’ worth of Oregon trees this summer. Bradley Parks, OPB November 22, 2021 This summer’s heat scorched Oregon trees — maybe worse than ever…

Fracking boom tied to methane spike in Earth’s atmosphere

The chemical signature of methane released from fracking is found in the atmosphere, pointing to shale gas operations as the culprit. Stephen Leahy National Geographic, August 15 2019 Scientists have measured big increases in the amount…

EQC Approves Clean Trucks Rule, a Significant Move toward Fighting Climate Change and Protecting Human Health

Trucks powered by diesel are among the greatest emitters of toxic pollutants in the state.  The state Department of Environmental Quality proposed that Oregon should adopt rule in effect in California requiring that truck manufacturers increase…

Climate Reparations

A trillion tons of carbon hangs in the air, put there by the world’s rich, an existential threat to its poor. Can we remove it? David Wallace-Wells Intelligencer, Nov 1, 2021 This is a long read but offers more than a small does…