Twenty-five years ago, the Union of Concerned Scientists and more than 1700 independent scientists, including the majority of living Nobel laureates in the sciences, penned the 1992 “World Scientists’ Warning to Humanity” (see supplemental file S1). These concerned professionals called on humankind to curtail environmental destruction and cautioned that “a great change in our stewardship of the Earth and the life on it is required, if vast human misery is to be avoided.” In their manifesto, they showed that humans were on a collision course with the natural world. They expressed concern about current, impending, or potential damage on planet Earth involving ozone depletion, freshwater availability, marine life depletion, ocean dead zones, forest loss, biodiversity destruction, climate change, and continued human population growth. They proclaimed that fundamental changes were urgently needed to avoid the consequences our present course
would bring.


Letter to Editor,  Louise Shawkat,  Medford Mail Tribune, 04/16/2019

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


Letter to Editor by David Lane,  March 27, 2019 Medford Mail Tribune

There’s a war going on. It’s a quiet, sneaky war by an invisible enemy that threatens our economy, our environment and our lives.




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.

A Union of Concerned Scientists Assessment

Global warming emissions

Natural gas is a fossil fuel, though the global warming emissions from its combustion are much lower than those from coal or oil.

Natural gas emits 50 to 60 percent less carbon dioxide (CO2) when combusted in a new, efficient natural gas power plant compared with emissions from a typical new coal plant [1]. Considering only tailpipe emissions, natural gas also emits 15 to 20 percent less heat-trapping gases than gasoline when burned in today’s typical vehicle [2].


Letter to Editor by Trish Vigil in Medford Mail Tribune January 3, 2017 and Ashland Daily Tidings, January 5, 2017

Neither crooks nor the corrupt care, but integrity is something most of us value. Without integrity, which can be assessed many ways, one cannot be trusted.


Column by Diarmuid McGuire on Ashland Locals Guide, January 2018

As you read this missive, the planetary clock will have already struck 18. Gifts will have been opened, Family will have come and gone. Perhaps you will have taken a moment to wonder: did anything good happen last year?

As far as bad news is concerned, there has been plenty.  I’m not talking about the dangerous attacks on truth, justice, democracy, and the rule of law that are coming from our White House.  Not terrorism either, or being abandoned by Willie Taggart. We are a resilient bunch. We can recover form all these blows.


Kathleen Alaks, Grants Pass Courier, November 26, 2017

Dan Bish struggles with what trees or native plants to stock and recommend in his Talent nursery business as summers get hotter. For farmworkers Maricela Ruelas and Juan Escareño, smoke has become a seasonal ordeal as they toil in the fields.

They are among a dozen Rogue Valley citizens who voice their concerns about climate change in a documentary film created by Southern Oregon Climate Action Now that has two screenings planned.



Story by Kimberly Kolliner , KTVL News, October 9, 2017


The Environmental Protection Agency plans to repeal the Clean Power Plan set forth by President Obama to curb greenhouse gas emissions produced by power plants.

The repeal is based on President Trump’s executive orders calling for a review of the legality of the Clean Power Plan.


Letter to Editor by Trisha Vigil, Ashland Daily Tidings, June 21 2017,  also appearing in Medford Mail Tribune, June 215, 2017, Rogue Valley Messenger June 22, 2017

Hypocrisy is pretense or sham; a false appearance of virtue or goodness. The Republican Party perfectly demonstrates this condition.