Letter to Editor by Trish Vigil, Ashland Daily Tidings March 11, 2017; also in The Medford Mail Tribune as Support SB557 , Sunday March 19th, The Oregonian, March 14, 2017 as Reducing pollution is a moral obligation

Suppose I didn’t pay taxes because my contribution is so small compared to the state or national budget. It is trivial — but represents a serious burden on me. Does anybody think this argument would fly as a moral or legal defense of my position?

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Dear U.S. Senators and Members of Congress,

As leaders in our communities concerned about the environmental impacts and economic consequences of our current energy practices, we urge you to back a rapid and steady transition to an economy powered by clean, renewable resources. Specifically, we are asking you to co-sponsor the Senate and House resolution which sets a goal of meeting America’s energy needs with 100 percent renewable energy and expanding access to the benefits of clean energy to all, including historically under-served and disadvantaged communities.

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Alan Journet, Guest Opinion December 4, 2016 Medford Mail Tribune

When we turn on the lights, TV or stereo, we rarely pause to wonder where the electricity comes from. Back in the day, all that concerned us in budgeting was whether income exceeded expense. If it did, we were happy. But when we understand the threat posed by global warming and its consequences (floods, drought, heat waves, dwindling snowpack, wildfires), we realize the need to consider more than just money. We now have to ask ourselves about the source of our energy, and the impact of its generation on greenhouse gas emissions.

Though Oregon has more hydropower than most states, for many of us, the source of our electricity still involves coal or natural gas-fired power plants. Now that Oregon has agreed to turn from coal towards renewable energy, we must ask which energy sources are genuinely clean and thus result in reduced greenhouse gas emissions.

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Letter to editor by Louise Shawkat, Medford Mail Tribune July 18, 2016

Greenhouse gases (GHG) are methane, carbon dioxide, nitrous oxide and fluorinated gases. They trap heat in our atmosphere and make the planet warmer. A GHG inventory is a measurement of all significant sources of GHG emissions. A carbon footprint, meanwhile, measures the amount of these emitted from our daily activities.

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