Guest Column By Representative Pam Marsh (HD 5) and Senator Jeff Golden (SD 3)

If you hike, farm, hunt, ski, or just observe the world around you, the shifts we are experiencing in Southern Oregon’s historical weather patterns are as clear as day. The obvious changes include shrinking snow packs, frequent and sustained drought, more prolonged wildfire seasons, and unpredictable storms.

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The idea of putting a price on carbon dioxide emissions to help tackle climate change has been slowly spreading around the globe over the past two decades.

This week, Canada’s federal government took the latest step when it extended its carbon-pricing program nationwide by imposing a tax on fossil fuels in four provinces that had declined to write their own climate plans.

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After years of infighting, the Democrats may finally have found an environmental consensus in the Green New Deal.

Robinson Meyer December 5 The Atlantic

On Monday, speaking at a town hall led by Senator Bernie Sanders, Representative-Elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez framed her chosen climate policy—the Green New Deal—through the lens of gallant American exceptionalism. “This is going to be the New Deal, the Great Society, the moon shot, the civil-rights movement of our generation,” she said.

The Green New Deal aspires to cut U.S. carbon emissions fast enough to reach the Paris Agreement’s most ambitious climate goal: preventing the world from warming no more than 2.7 degrees Fahrenheit by 2100. In a blockbuster report released in October, an international group of scientists said that meeting this goal could skirt the worst climate effects, such as massive floods, expansive droughts, and irreversible sea-level rise.

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Katharine Murphy, The Guardian March 31st 2019

Bill Shorten to flag a new pollution regulation on car retailers and a reboot of the heavily criticised safeguard mechanism

Labor will set a national electric vehicles target of 50% new car sales by 2030, and 50% for the government fleet by 2025, as well as allowing business to deduct a 20% depreciation for private fleet EVs valued at more than $20,000, as part of its climate change policy to be unveiled on Monday.

Bill Shorten will also flag a new pollution regulation on car retailers “in line with” 105g CO2/km for light vehicles, which is consistent with American emissions standards, but will consult on coverage and the timeline to phase in the change rather than impose it immediately.

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Alan Journet at the Jackson County Democratic Party Central Committee meeting March 28th speaking about HB2020; Photo by Allen Hallmark.

Alan has been known to become somewhat energized on the need to support meaningful greenhouse gas emissions proposals. Photo by Allen Hallmark.

Members of SOCAN’s Government Group and others have been offering and delivering presentations on HB2020 throughout the month.  Here, Alan Journet is offering comments to the Jackson County Democratic Party Central Committee which then voted to endorse HB2020.  A couple of weeks earlier, the Josephine COunty Democratic Party Central Committee also heard a presentation, and likewise voted to endorse the bill.

Alan Journet was a guest on Rogue Regenesys on KSKQ on Thursday March 21st, 9:00 – 10:00 am with host Andrew Mount.  Listen here to the discussion of climate issues and the Oregon Legislature’s 2019 HB2020.

 

Vanessa Newman article in Rogue Valley Messanger, March 154, 2019

How many times has one heard the phrase, “change is inevitable?” Yet when it comes to the climate change conversation, it’s an inevitability some find difficult to discuss, while others grieve over the knowledge of its in-motion process, and others refuse to embrace it at all. The documentary Voices of the Valley, is a Southern Oregon Climate Action Now (SOCAN) project started in 2016 to raise awareness and offer a medium for local conversation on the topic. Opening with a powerful call to action to address environmental issues, the narrator asks: “Climate change is happening. Is human change happening too?”

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Nina Egert for The Ashland Daily Tidings, Tuesday March 19, 2019

Ashland High School Science Building. Photo by Kathy Conway

“The good thing about Climate Change is that it encourages us to do the things we should already be doing.” Wise words from high school student, Lily Ordway — a statement that essentially set the tone for the March 9 Climate Change Youth Challenge at Ashland’s Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. Three Ashland High School students and three adult guest speakers offered their thoughts, while the Peace Choir performed several powerful original songs.

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Curry Coastal Pilot, January 25th 2019

Dr. Alan Journet believes Curry and Del Norte county residents need to know about the local ramifications of climate change and will present data reflecting that at a meeting in Brookings next month.

Journet and Kathy Conway are co-founders of Medford-based Southern Oregon Climate Action Now (SOCAN), a nonprofit that works to combat climate change at the local level. The organization is also forming a local chapter for coastal residents.

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John Darling,  Ashland Daily Tidings, March 15 2019

About 350 Ashland High School students Friday joined a global strike for climate change action, marching a mile in a 100-yard-long line, making impromptu speeches at the downtown Plaza and waving signs that read, “Your mistake is my future,” “If you can’t act like adults, we will” and “Why am I studying for a future I won’t have?”

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