Letter to Editor By Alan Journet, Medford Mail Tribune, 01/23/2020, also in Ashland Daily Tidings, 01/23/2020

Mail Tribune editors (Jan. 15) criticized the legislative proposal placing a cap on greenhouse gas emissions because it doesn’t do enough soon enough. But then, illogically, they suggested postponing action until 2021.

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Letter to editor by Ken Deveney in Ashland Daily Tidings, January 11, 2020

Fires in Australia remind us what could happen here. The Columbia Center on Global Energy Policy (CGEP) recently released an analysis of HR 763, the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act, which concludes that HR 763 would cut net greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions 36 to 38 percent by 2030 (from 2005 levels), exceeding U.S. commitments under the Paris Agreement. It would also improve Americans’ health by reducing sulfur and mercury emissions by 95 percent and smog-forming NOx emissions by 75 percent.

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Letter to Editor by Ray Mallette, Ashland Daily Tidings, January 9, 2020

Are you concerned about increasing weather events related to drought, wildfire, floods and hurricanes seen across the United States in the last three years? According to NOAA, the U.S. has seen 115 weather-related disasters costing at least $1 billion since 2010.

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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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