Letter to Editor by Alan Journet, Ashland Daily Tidings, February 21, 2017; Also in Coos Bay World, February 22, 2017 as Capping climate pollution good for us, economy and We can do this Medford Mail Tribune, March 4 2017; The Applegater, Summer 2016
Maybe all folks living in Oregon, the nation or the world think the same. Certainly, many of us in Southern Oregon think this is the best place in the world to live. But we are also noticing the rising temperatures that the Weather Service reports — over 2 degrees during the last century — we are noticing the trend of reducing snowpack, even though we’ve had a couple of decent snow years. Water shortages resulting from this trend are also troubling us. And we are aware that drought is becoming an ever-present risk, while our fire season and fire risk are both increasing.