Looks like General Motors, Chrysler and Toyota don’t really care about our air quality. They have agreed to the Trump major weakening of auto emission standards.
Guess I have purchased my LAST Prius. Read the story:
Here is a link to Climate Opinion Maps put together by Yale. There are some interesting statistics if you zero in on Josephine County. For example, take a look at the Policy Support statistics. An opportunity to make some change here?
Climate change is not a looming threat, it is already in progress. It affects us now with changing weather patterns, adverse weather events becoming more frequent and more severe, increased wildfires, sea levels rising, and ocean waters becoming warmer and more acidic. As greenhouse gasses are released into the atmosphere the effects on our planet become increasingly self-perpetuating and non-reversible. What manner of world do we want to leave for our children…and their children…? Will our planet be able to sustain life as we know it? Probably not. Oh, something will thrive…something always does…but it won’t be us.
The Jordan Cove LNG Export Facility / Pacific Connector Pipeline project is just one more nail in the coffin. Sure, it will provide some good jobs for a few years during its construction and a limited number of on-going jobs after its completion. And, it will provide tax income to the State of Oregon. At what price? Is this worth hastening the evolution away from the planet as we know it? The threats to our beautiful coastline, to wildlife, and to our vital fishing industries due to increased shipping disasters as more and more shipping traffic has to cross the bar and cross the ocean with their loads of fossil fuels, often under difficult weather conditions, and the threat to the population of Coos Bay when the inevitable tsunami hits the terminal, while very real and very devastating, are nothing compared to the impact that this and projects like it will have on our climate and the health of our planet.
We need to say “No!” to Jordan Cove LNG Export Facility / Pacific Connector Pipeline project. The review process has gone through numerous stages. It hasn’t been blessed with the final “Okay!” yet, but it hasn’t been stopped yet either. It is not too late to let your representatives know what you think, but time is running out. Some of our representatives are in favor of the project, some against it, and some are sitting on the fence and have not yet voiced an opinion. It’s time to let them know how important this is to you and to the future of our planet.
Here is a link to the comments submitted by Southern Oregon Climate Action Now (SOCAN) to
the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) during the public comment period prior to their review of the feasibility of the Jordan Cove LNG Export Facility / Pacific Connector Pipeline project. Read them! Educate yourself! Send them to your representatives along with your own comments.
These are your representatives. They represent you! Voice your opinion!
Oregon Governor Kate Brown (D)
Address: State Capitol Bldg., 900 Court St. NE, Suite 254, Salem, OR 97301
US Senator Jeff Merkley (D)
313 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Phone: (202) 224-3753
Fax: (202) 228-3997
10 South Bartlett Street, Ste. 201
Medford, OR 97501
Phone: (541) 608-9102
US Senator Ron Wyden (D)
221 Dirksen Senate Office Bldg.
Washington, D.C., 20510
Phone: (202) 224-5244
Fax: (202) 228-2717
310 West 6th St., Room 118
Medford, OR, 97501
Phone: (541) 858-5122
US CD2 Representative Greg Walden (R)
2185 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-6730
Fax: (202) 225-5774
14 N. Central Ave., Suite 112
Medford, OR 97501
Phone: (541) 776-4646
Fax: (541) 779-0204
US CD4 Representative Peter DeFazio (D)
2134 Rayburn Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-6416
612 S.E. Jackson St., Room 9
Roseburg, OR 97470
Phone: (541) 440-3523
Fax: (541) 465-6458
Oregon SD1 Senator Dallas Heard (R)
Address: 900 Court St. NE, S-316, Salem, OR 97301
Oregon SD2 Senator Herman Baertschiger (R)
Address: 900 Court St. NE, S-323, Salem, OR 97301
Phone: (503) 986-1702
Oregon HD1 Representative David Brock Smith (R)
Address: 900 Court St. NE, H-379, Salem, OR 97301
Phone: (503) 986-1401
Oregon HD2 Representative Gary Leif (R)
Address: 900 Court St. NE, H-386, Salem, OR 97301
Phone: (503) 986-1402
Oregon HD3 Representative Carl Wilson (R)
Address: 900 Court St. NE, H-395, Salem, OR 97301
Phone: (503) 986-1403
Oregon HD4 Representative Duane A. Stark (R)
Address: 900 Court St. NE, H-372, Salem, OR 97301
Phone: (503) 986-1404
Yep, it was the lack of support from Rural Oregon that supposedly caused our local Republican Senators to leave the state to prevent having a quorum in the Oregon Senate during a possible vote for HB2020.
But, there are advantages to Rural Oregon if that bill had passed. Read it: Why 2020 is Good for Rural Oregon
Here is something from Vox describing HB2020
Despite our current federal administration trying to bolster the coal industry, a major U.S. Insurer will phase out insuring that industry.
A local take-away here is toward the end of the article where advice is given:
“As an individual customer of these companies, you can tell your insurance provider to step it up when it comes to climate change. To amplify your voice, you can organize with your neighbors or co-workers to get your city or business to demand that its insurance carriers stop supporting fossil fuels, just like San Francisco did in July 2018.”
Perhaps a method to stop LNG for good?
Received this email from Rep. Peter DeFazio. Unbelievable!
“Today I sent a letter to Attorney General William Barr demanding the legal justification for the reported surveillance of my constituents who are opposed to the Jordan Cove liquid natural gas (LNG) pipeline and processing facility.
“Recent reports indicate that the Department of Justice has been monitoring Oregon anti-pipeline activists who are peacefully expressing their constitutionally-protected free speech and assembly rights. Some of Oregon’s tribes are also opposed to the project which raises the question: why is federal law enforcement tracking the actions of sovereign nations? You better believe that I’m fighting to get answers.
“This sort of surveillance harkens back to the J. Edgar Hoover era and goes against the fundamental freedoms of every American. We cannot slip back to the dark days of spying on Americans simply because they oppose federal government action!
“Many of those protesting the Jordan Cove project are landowners – ordinary people – who are opposed to the seizure of their property through eminent domain. I’ve introduced a bill that would prevent eminent domain from being used in the future for projects of this nature and have been doing everything within my federal purview to support my impacted constituents.
“I’ve demanded the legal authority for this surveillance, an appraisal of the current status of surveillance measures and all actions taken, and that the Department of Justice notifies all individuals and organizations who have been subject to this monitoring or surveillance.”
What do you think about this???
I want to share with you a message of thank you from Rogue Climate to all of you who submitted comments opposing the Jordan Cove Terminal and the Pacific Connector LNG Pipeline.
“Dear [concerned citizen],
More than 42,000 Oregonians attended a hearing or submitted comments to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) urging them to deny permits for Jordan Cove LNG for a third and final time.
Comments came from landowners, tribal members, anglers and crabbers, youth, and many other community members.
As a result of the pressure our communities have continued to apply, the Jackson County Commissioners and the State of Oregon submitted strong comments in opposition to the Jordan Cove LNG project. They highlighted major concerns from the additional fire risk the project poses, to the lack of a climate-impact analysis.
Together, we are going to beat this thing once and for all, but it will take us all continuing to show up. Thank you for making our voices heard once again. We will be in touch about next steps to keep up the pressure.
The Oregon Senate Republicans still haven’t shown up for work. Instead, they’ve fled the state, abandoning the more than 1.5 million Oregonians they represent and blocking the legislative process from moving forward. This in spite of the fact that they already cut a deal in Salem that included concessions to HB 2020. Now they’re going back on their word and jeopardizing hundreds of other bills (driver cards, paid postage, paid family leave, state budgets, and so much more)
There is a rally Tuesday in Salem.
Our State Sen Herman Baertschiger is creating quite a stir in the legislature over HB 2020 https://www.oregonlive.com/politics/2019/06/as-senate-republicans-threaten-walkout-gov-kate-brown-prepares-for-special-session.html Call the Senate, 503-986-1702 and express your dissatisfaction with his walkout nonsense. Bet he’ll be surprised anyone from his district thinks he’s being a jerk since what he’s doing is mainly a show for his right-wing base.
Update is here:
This cap and trade bill will have a very positive impact on getting greenhouse gases under control in Oregon. This is a big step toward slowing down climate change. Email your State Representative now and implore him, or her, to vote yes on HB2020. It doesn’t matter whether he is a Democrat or a Republican, he represents you, he’s your Representative. Tell him how you feel. Be polite! Be persuasive! Tell him climate change is one of the most critical issues of our time! Tell him we must act now! Tell him to vote yes on HB2020!
If it passes the Oregon House, then it will go to the Senate for a vote. Then, you must email your State Senator and implore him to vote yes on HB2020!