Letter to Editor by Lee Lull, Medford Mail Tribune, June 21, 2019

Our world teeters on the edge of crisis in so many ways today, but global warming and all the threats to life it engenders is the most urgent. We are in fact speeding our way to extinction.

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Letter to Editor by Trish Vigil, Ashland Daily Tidings, June 18, 2019

When did protecting the environment for our kids and grandkids become partisan?

Because this administration has copied every unlawful deed of the era, we are lately reminded often of the Nixon years. But when it comes to environmental protection we look back with longing. That was when the Endangered Species Act, Clean Water and Clean Air Acts, and the National Environmental Policy Act were signed into law, as well as when the Environmental Protection Agency was established. The bipartisan goal of government was to afford genuine environmental protection rather than, as now, to promote environmental pollution.

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Letter to the Editor by Alan Journet, Ashland Daily Tidings, June 7, 2019,and Medford Mail Tribune, June 7, 2019

The bill to establish the Oregon Climate Action Program, if passed and signed into law by Gov. Kate Brown, was recommended favorably by the Joint Committee on Carbon Reduction and is now before the Joint Committee on Ways and Means. The proposal to establish a greenhouse gas emissions cap, trade and invest program will place Oregon on a steep emissions reduction path.

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Letter to Editor by Louise Shawkat, Ashland Daily Tidings, May 25th 2019, Also in Medford Mail Tribune May 27, 2019

The state Department for Environmental Quality denied the water quality permit for the LNG: there is more to come, but it ain’t over ’til it’s over.

1) Jordan Cove has 20 days to appeal the decision/ request a contested hearing, meaning: Jordan Cove can reapply.

2) The DEQ denial was not based on the impact that the entire project would have on greenhouse gas emissions (GHG).

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Guest Column by Alan Journet, Medford Mail Tribune, May 19th 2019

Most Americans think clean energy is preferable to fossil fuel sources, want a planet that can support life as we know it through their children’s lives, and appreciate a growing economy with reduced health care costs and good-paying jobs. These are the principles that led legislators, supported by a statewide coalition of concerned Oregonians, to develop HB 2020, a bill to establish Oregon’s Climate Action Program. The bill was rolled out in early February and subjected to a series of public hearings during which testimony was taken from stakeholders across Oregon.

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Tom Saydah Letter to Editor, Ashland Daily Tidings, May 1 2019

We all get Amber Alerts on our cellphones, and on a dime we would pull off the road and call in a vehicle sighting.

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Letter to Editor by Lee Lull, Ashland Daily Tidings, April 29, 2019

I recently met a friendly grasshopper who related all the fun and games she enjoyed at the Rogue Manor. Being an ant, I recognized her for a grasshopper because when I said I was very concerned about climate, she tossed her head dismissively and said the uninformed words:,“climate is always changing.”

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Letter to Editor by Robert I Price,  Medford Mail Tribune,  April 23 2019

LNG, coal and oil threaten to reset Earth’s geological clock with a vengeance. Today’s natural carbon cycle is not like the carbon sequestering process of the Carboniferous Period that ended 300 million years ago.

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Letter to Editor by Louis Shawkat, Ashland Daily Tidings, 04/23/2019

Scientists can measure Earth’s ecological assets. Yearly, Earth supplies a finite amount of plant-based food, fiber products, livestock, fish products, timber, other forest products and built-up lands. Yearly, Earth is able to absorb a finite amount of greenhouse gas emissions we produce.

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Guest Opinion, Robert John Sheelen,  Medord Mail Tribune, March 24, 2019

After years of resistance, some Oregon Republicans may be ready to acknowledge the reality that a climate problem exists. An example of this is former Sen. Alan DeBoer’s recent guest opinion here (March 17).

It is curious that DeBoer and his fellow Republicans did not advocate for and help pass climate legislation when they had greater representation in the legislation. It seems suspicious for Sen DeBoer to suggest alternate legislation when there is wide support for the cap and trade legislation, HB2020, which is under active consideration in the current legislative session.

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