Letter to Editor b y Louise Shawkat, Medford Mail Tribune, November 14, 2019, also in Ashland Daily Tidings 11/11/2019

Plastics made from fossil fuels are in our cosmetics, soaps, clothes — in our everything. Eight percent of every barrel of oil becomes plastic.

Fossil fuel industries receive direct subsidies and tax benefits equaling about $20 billion per year. In return, they degrade our natural world and cause countless human health problems.

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Letter to Editor by Allen Hallmark, Medford Mail Tribune and Ashland Daily Tidings,  November 12, 2019

It is apparently not true that the Roman Emperor Nero played his fiddle while Rome burned in the conflagration of AD 64, although there does seem to be credible evidence that Nero ordered the fire started to clear space for a huge statue of himself.

In present times our would-be emperor plays golf while California burns, turns a blind eye to glaciers melting and ignores overwhelming evidence that the whole world is heating due to human actions. He is the denier-in-chief of climate change and really should be impeached for that crime above all others.

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Letter to Editor by Louise Shawkat, Ashland Daily Tidings,  November 11, 2019

Plastics made from fossil fuels are in our cosmetics, soaps, clothes — in our everything. Eight percent of every barrel of oil becomes plastic.

Fossil fuel industries receive direct subsidies and tax benefits equaling about $20 billion per year. In return, they degrade our natural world and cause countless human health problems.

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Letter to Editor by John Limb,  November 10, 2019

On Oct. 19, Sarah Daley’s letter discusses what HB 2020 might cost the average residential energy user. She cites an increase of 80% in home heating and a gas price of $3 per gallon. In fact, the increase will likely be 8% for home heating and the gasoline price will likely increase about 16 cents per gallon. It could increase over time, but the impact will be reduced by improved efficiencies in cars and the fact that many will be driving plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles. Further, HB 2020 provides refunds for low-income residents.

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By keeping Americans focused on the climate benefits of gas vs. coal, industry seeks to delay a broader debate of the deficits of gas vs. renewables.

October 17, 2019 – Environmental Health News

The natural gas industry is on an aggressive public relations tear to convince Americans that for decades to come, it is the “bridge” between coal and renewable energy.

The campaign is loaded with disinformation. The American Petroleum Institute (API) says it’s pushing gas as a “foundation for the future” because it is “clean.” Major fossil fuel companies including BP, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil, and Shell are API members. The Independent Petroleum Association of America is playing up outdated 2008 praise of gas by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to decry pledges by leading 2020 Democratic presidential candidates to ban hydraulic fracturing (fracking) for gas.

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Letter to Editor by Kathy Conway, Ashland Daily Tidings & Medford Mail Tribune, October 25 2019

When the Republicans decided that serving the state government, Oregonians and their oaths of office was less important than taking a trip to Idaho and serving corporations, they argued that the legislation proposed to counter global warming and reduce Oregon’s greenhouse gas emissions was a Portland plot designed to undermine the rest of the state. This was and remains nonsense.

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Letter to Editor by John Limb,  Medford Mail Tribune,  September 27.2019

Kudos to David von Drehle (Sept. 22) for supporting science and acknowledging the reality of global warming and its climate change consequences. We wish political leaders across the globe did likewise. Sadly, too many behave as though they do not. This is why millions across the globe came out on Friday appealing for action to protect their future.

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Column in the Fall Applegater by Alan Journet

Applegate Valley residents following global warming and local climate change consequences might be intrigued by the suggestion of Robert Bennett (Spring 2019 Applegater) to ask qui bono? Though translated as “who benefits,” it remains an unanswered question. Readers might also want to cui bono (follow the money).

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Letter to Editor by Allen Hallmark,  Medford Mail Tribune, August 26, 2019

Last January the Doomsday Clock, a measure of how close we are to nuclear disaster, remained at 2 minutes to midnight, according to the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, which maintains the clock.

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Guest Column by Joseph Vaile, climate program director at the Klamath-Siskiyou Wildlands Center

With the heartbreaking images of the Amazon rainforest engulfed in flames on my mind, I read Rep. Kim Wallan’s Opinion Editorial (Aug. 25) about climate change and forests with heightened interest.

We know for certain that climate change is real. Our world and our valley are warming. Don’t take my word for it, just read the latest host of climate reports, or take a look at your thermometer.

What does this have to do with our forests?

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