Jes Burns, OPB July 12, 2019

The state of Oregon says federal environmental impact findings for the Jordan Cove liquefied natural gas project are inadequate and sometimes incorrect. State agencies submitted 250 pages of comments to federal energy regulators late last week on the project’s draft environmental impact statement (DEIS). The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has the power to determine whether the controversial project can be built.

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Jes Burns,  OPB, May 3rd, 2019;  Jefferson Journal, July/August 2019

The state of Oregon has some greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals in place for the next 30 years. Despite this, state emissions are higher than where they should be in order to start meeting the goals.

The Jordan Cove liquefied natural gas export terminal and pipeline project proposed for southwest Oregon would not help. If the project gets approved and built, it is projected to become the largest greenhouse gas emitter in the state.

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Rebecca Klar,  July 10, 2019 The Hill

A State Department analyst has resigned after White House officials blocked his written testimony to a congressional panel citing evidence that climate change poses a national security threat, according to Wednesday reports.

The analyst, Rod Schoonover, resigned in protest and Friday will be his last day, according to State Department officials who spoke to The Wall Street Journal.

Tens of Thousands of Comments in Opposition to Jordan Cove LNG Reflect Wide Range of Concerns as
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Comment Period Closes

Posted to Rogue Climate web site by Allie Rosenbluth, July 11, 2019

Tens of thousands of comments from impacted landowners, tribal members, crabbers and anglers, health professionals, youth, and other community members across the region poured into the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) before its public comment period closed today on their draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on the Jordan Cove LNG export terminal and fracked gas pipeline. This marked a significant growth in opposition since 2016 when FERC considered and twice denied a previous application of the proposal. Thus far, over 40,000 of the comments submitted to FERC that have been counted are in opposition to the project.

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Guest Column by Senator Jeff Golden Medford Mail Tribune, July 14, 2019

“[Political partisanship] serves always to distract the public councils and enfeeble the public administration. It agitates the community with ill-founded jealousies and false alarms, kindles the animosity of one part against another, foments occasionally riot and insurrection.”

— from George Washington’s Farewell Address

I bring two impressions home from the wild 2019 legislative session. One is partisan: I’m part of the Senate’s Democratic super-majority and a co-sponsor of HB 2020, the climate action bill brought down by the Republican walk-out. It’s important to remember that this bill was debated loud and hard on the 2018 campaign trail. A large majority of voters chose candidates like me who want Oregon to take a big step away from fossil fuels and greenhouse gas emissions; voters agreed that sitting back and hoping for national leadership, whenever it comes, isn’t who we are. Unless you believe in win-at-any-cost on every issue, it’s hard to see how this minority-rule precedent can be good for Oregon.

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David Corn, Mother Jones, July 8, 2019

On election night 2016, Kim Cobb, a professor at the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at Georgia Tech, was on Christmas Island, the world’s largest ring-shaped coral reef atoll, about 1,300 miles south of Hawaii. A climate scientist, she was collecting coral skeletons to produce estimates of past ocean temperatures. She had been taking these sorts of research trips for two decades, and over recent years she had witnessed about 85 percent of the island’s reef system perish due to rising ocean temperatures. “I was diving with tears in my eyes,” she recalls.

In a row house made of cinder blocks on the tiny island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, she monitored the American election results, using a satellite uplink that took several minutes to load a page. When she saw Donald Trump’s victory, she felt shock and soon descended into severe depression. “I had the firm belief that Washington would act on climate change and would be acting soon,” the 44-year-old Cobb says. “When Trump was elected, it came crashing down.”

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Benjamin Storrow E&E News July 8, 2019

Democratic governors have become increasingly bold about flexing their muscles when it comes to climate change. Tom Wolf, the governor of Pennsylvania, is weighing an executive order to enact a carbon cap-and-trade program. Virginia’s Ralph Northam has pursued a regulation that would allow his state to participate in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, a cap-and-trade system for power plants in the Northeast.

Govs. Tony Evers of Wisconsin, Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan and Steve Bullock of Montana have all committed their states to the terms of the Paris climate accord: cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 26% of 2005 levels by 2025.

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Caitlin Fowlkes, Ashland Daily Tidings, July 8, 2019

The film “Happening: A Clean Energy Revolution” will be the feature of the next Southern Oregon Climate Action Now meeting.

The movie will show from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, July 30, at the Medford Public Library.

In a press release  [on the SOCAN July program] written by the SOCAN co-facilitator Alan Journet, he wrote, “filmmaker James Redford embarks on a colorful personal journey into the dawn of the clean energy era as it creates jobs, turns profits and makes communities stronger and healthier across the U.S. Reaching well beyond a great story of technology and innovation, “Happening” explores issues of human resilience, social justice, embracing the future and finding hope for our survival.”

He called it “an antidote to the depressing news of the 2019 Oregon legislative session.”

This is SOCAN’s response to the failure of House Bill 2020 to pass.

The bill, which aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Oregon by placing a cap on the allowance and reducing that cap annually, passed the Oregon House but was killed in the senate, partly because of the Republican walk out, Journet said.

The bill would allow the largest polluters to buy allowances for how much greenhouse gas emissions they could produce, and that allowance would also decrease annually with a goal to reduce Oregon’s emissions overall and address the issue of climate change.

“There were funds generated assigned to be used to promote renewable energy to serve purposes of social justice, to help out disadvantaged communities who are suffering from climate change or are likely to suffer from the transition of renewable energy economy and to help out workers who are affected by the transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy,” Journet said.

According to the Press release [on HB2020] , opponents of the legislation attempted to frame the proposal as an urban vs. rural Oregonian conflict.

But there’s a brand-new playbook for journalists fighting for a 1.5°C world.

Mark Hertsgaard and Kyle Pope, The Nation, May 6 2019 Issue (posted April 22nd)

Last summer, during the deadliest wildfire season in California’s history, MSNBC’s Chris Hayes got into a revealing Twitter discussion about why US television doesn’t much cover climate change. Elon Green, an editor at Longform, had tweeted, “Sure would be nice if our news networks—the only outlets that can force change in this country—would cover it with commensurate urgency.” Hayes (who is an editor at large for The Nation) replied that his program had tried. Which was true: In 2016, All In With Chris Hayes spent an entire week highlighting the impact of climate change in the US as part of a look at the issues that Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump were ignoring. The problem, Hayes tweeted, was that “every single time we’ve covered [climate change] it’s been a palpable ratings killer. So the incentives are not great.”

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Damian Mann, Ashland Daily Tidings, July 2nd, 2019

Sen. Jeff Golden, D-Ashland, denounced Republican senators and others Tuesday who helped spread misinformation about a cap-and-trade bill that was derailed in the waning days of the legislative session.

“The charge that it would destroy rural Oregon is fear mongering,” said Golden at a press conference at the Medford library.

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