Public Comment Sought on Jordan Cove Energy Project’s Request for Exemption

This is not good. They are trying to avoid the Tsunami & other location issues. They should not get an Exemption.
Read the News Release here:
Written comments, Due by August 13, 2018, can be submitted to:

Sean Mole, Federal Projects Coordinator
Oregon Department of Energy
550 Capitol St. NE

Salem, OR 97301

Email: 
[Jordancove.comment@oregon.gov]Jordancove.comment@oregon.gov 

 

Citizens’ Climate Lobby and 350ooc address climate change

NEWPORT — Environmental advocacy group 350occ and the local Climate Control Lobby will be joining forces to address issues that impact the region.

Source: Newport News Times | 350occ to join with local climate lobby

Carbon tax and revenue distribution on agenda

NEWPORT — Environmental advocacy group 350occ and the local Climate Control Lobby will be joining forces to address issues that impact the region.

“We’re trying to figure out how we can work together to address the issues of climate change as they affect the Oregon coast,” said Martin Desmond, co-organizer for the Newport group of the Citizens’ Climate Lobby, in a Thursday, March 29 interview.

The groups are holding an open meeting at the Newport Public Library in the downstairs conference room on April 16 at 6:30 p.m.

CCL is a national organization started in October 2007 to “create the political will for climate solutions by enabling individual breakthroughs in the exercise of personal and political power,” according to its website. Their big push is for “Carbon Fee and Dividend” legislation, which would tax carbon at $15 a ton and an additional $10 every subsequent year. Revenue would be paid out to citizens as dividends.

The Newport group of CCL organized in January to, among other projects, support that legislation in Oregon.

“That’s probably going to be one of the primary issues CCL and 350occ.org, and more groups, are going to be working on this year,” Desmond said, “getting this set up so that when the session comes back in 2019, it’ll be ready.”

He and a friend did the math and estimate that a $15-per-ton carbon tax would increase the cost of gasoline about by about $0.15 a gallon. In Oregon, the bill was presented during the short legislative session but did not pass.

350occ was started by Bill Kucha about a year ago. At that time his intent was to do the initial organization of the group then step out of the spotlight. Cyndi Karp will be taking over as 350occ chair.

The founding enterprise, 350.org, is a network active in 188 countries “building a global climate movement,” states its website. The group’s name stems from the safe limit of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, 350 parts per million. The name of 350occ applies to the group’s Oregon Central Coast chapter.

Along with working for Carbon Fee and Dividend legislation, 350occ has brought many issues and guest speakers to Lincoln County to discuss things like electric vehicles, divestment, methane and fracked gas, and renewable energy. They endorse The Declaration of Human Rights and Climate Change, “Reaffirming the universality, indivisibility, interdependence and interrelationality of all human rights, the interrelationality of all life on Earth and the dependency of all life on Earth on a healthy biosphere and Earth system integrity,” and are “Convinced that the potential irreversibility of climate change effects gives rise to an urgent need for new forms of state and non-state responsibility, accountability and liability.”

Concerns specific to Lincoln County are ocean acidification and the growing prevalence of wildfires.

“Ocean acidification is going to have a pretty serious impact on the fishing here; it’s going to have unknown impacts through time,” Desmond said. “It’s one of those issues that is quite significantly underestimated. It’s a fundamental impact on micro-organisms in the ocean, which has a significant impact on everything as you go up the food chain.”

As a young man, Desmond worked for the forest service on fire crews. “Back in the ‘70s and ‘80s, we’d paint buildings and stuff. Occasionally we’d go fight a fire. Now, with a shorter snowpack season, the forests are drying out more. Fires are getting more often and bigger, for instance the Brookings fire last summer. The severity of forest fires has been increasing, so that’s going to happen here, too.”

He said, “I think 30 or 40 years from now, future generations will realize we’ve go to do more than just change light bulbs in our houses.

350occ.org encourages people to get involved in the Drawdown EcoChallenge, “a 21-day engagement program focused on carbon reduction,” from April 4-25. Find out more at drawdown.ecochallenge.org/about/event

Contact reporter Joan Brown at 541-265-8571 x211 or jbrown@newportnewstimes.com

 

Support Affordable Energy Efficiency Now

Your legislator sits on the Joint Ways & Means Committee or the Joint Natural Resources Subcommittee, which is why it is so important they hear your voice. Hopefully you believe in these issues as passionately as we do.

Support Affordable Energy Efficiency Now >>

In middle school, while part of Outdoor Education, I took a field trip to an eco-designed house. An excited 20 year old explained to me how the windows were positioned under the eaves of the house in such a way that they would be shaded from summer sun but let in light during the winter. It seemed so futuristic and intuitive to reduce energy usage just by paying attention to sunlight.

Ask your legislator to pass HB 4121 to help make energy efficiency affordable >>

One of the easiest things that we can do for climate change is make sure our homes lose less energy, and are are powered using renewable sources of energy. From cool roofs to green roofs, plant based spray insulation, windows that reflect light in summer and let it pass through in winter, and passive energy construction. We’re doing amazing innovative things to make our homes more efficient, saving us money and energy.

Unfortunately it costs money to make these investments, and many homeowners can’t afford to make the upgrades that would reduce their utility bills and help decrease energy related pollution. That’s why we need the Home WRAP (Weatherization, Retrofit, and Affordability Program) bill (HB 4121).

HB 4121, known as the Home WRAP would be a huge step forward in helping Oregonians make their homes more energy efficient and sustainable. The Home WRAP provides a financial incentive to homeowners who are making their homes more energy efficient and or installing solar in their home.

The energy efficiency and solar industries employ thousands of Oregonians at living wage, green jobs. Without the Home WRAP some of these jobs will go away. Let’s boost demand for solar installers, wind technicians, and energy efficiency experts by providing incentives for Oregonians to make their homes more sustainable.

Tell your legislators you support the Home WRAP bill >>

Oregon must do more to address climate change. It’s why we’re working on the Clean Energy Jobs bill, and why so many of us have already made energy efficient upgrades in our homes. Home WRAP is part of the picture, and it would leverage funds to save Oregonians money, improve indoor air quality, enhance economic activity and retain jobs, and achieve significant greenhouse gas reductions.

Investments in energy efficient homes are really investments in our future. It’s an investment we need to make. This bill has strong, bipartisan, bicameral support, but we just need a little more boost to get it over the finish line.

Help us pass HB 4121.

Thanks for your support,

Krista Simonis, Digital Coordinator OLCV

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ACTION ALERT! Support Clean Energy Jobs

ACTION ALERT! Support Clean Energy Jobs

Date:   February 24, 2018
To:       All League Members and Oregonians
 
Support Clean Energy Jobs (CEJ) HB 4001 & SB 1507 Climate Policy Legislation in 2018.
This legislation will establish a program to cap climate pollution, price all qualified greenhouse gas emissions under the cap, and invest the proceeds in clean energy, while addressing the needs of vulnerable communities and investing in training workers for new, growing opportunities in a clean energy economy.
The House Bill timeline recently changed. On Feb 20 an amendment (-12) was introduced by House Speaker Tina Kotek, that would Cap Greenhouse Gas Emissions legislation this session and would allow the trade and invest details to be addressed next session. Details in a Portland Tribune article or OLIS.
The League asks that you let your legislator know the urgent need to address meaningful Climate policy is now.
ACTION NEEDED, we need you to contact your legislators
Visit your legislators in the next week. If that’s not possible then make a phone call and or write a personal email or letter. You can find your legislators’ contact information here.
For more information, contact Claudia Keith, Climate Change Portfolio Chair, ca.keith@comcast.net

Alert – Senate Judiciary hearing for HB 4145 (close boyfriend loophole) and other legislation

A hearing [see item 1, below] and possible work session is now scheduled for tomorrow20 February, at 8am. If you want to testify, registration will open at 7:30am. Testimony is limited to 2 minutes per person. Written testimony will also be accepted.

You can also influence the proceedings by calling and emailing to your own senators and to senate and committee leadership (Pres. Courtney, Senator Prozanski, chair of Judiciary Committee) as well as committee members.
Activity in the Oregon legislature will be fast and furious from now until March 9th. Here are some hearings and actions that may be of interest:
  1. Re HB 4145, closing the boyfriend loop hole: bill passed by the House and referred to the Senate. Sen. Courtney, President of the Senate, has not been strong in pushing for gun safety measures. Now is the time to call your own Senator, chair of the Senate Judiciary committee (Prozanski), and Senator Courtney to ask for positive action on this bill.
  2. Re HJR 203, establishing access to health care as a basic right in the Oregon constitution: Public hearing and possible work session scheduled by Senate Health Care for 2/19/2018,  1pm. Call or write ASAP to support this bill: Chair – Senator Laurie Monnes Anderson; other membership see https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2018R1/Committees/SHC/Overview
  3. RE HB 4160Tuesday, February 20th at 3pm, the Senate Workforce committee will hold an informational hearing on the organization / progress of a work group devoted to Family and Medical Leave Insurance. It is possible that this will be a joint hearing with the House Early Childhood and  Family Support committee. This will be a technical hearing on how a work group effort is progressing. As expected, there will probably be no movement on HB 4160 this session. But effort by a task force will continue throughout the year. This hearing may be an opportunity to hear how that effort is likely to be conducted.
  4. The two major environmental bills (HB 4001, SB 1507), the Clean Energy Jobs bill, have moved into Rules and Ways and Means committees, respectively. No hearings are scheduled, so calls, emails, and letters are best means to push for either of these bills.
A lot of bills have been passed and referred to Ways and Means or to Rules. Third readings (final votes) are still upcoming on some bills, but the list above reflects NOW’s highest interests / priorities. Not sure whether official endorsements were ever made by NOW except for HB 4145 and HB 4160, which have been priority concepts for NOW for a long time. But you are free to work for or against specific bills as an individual, regardless.
On the national level, we should all be looking for actions (demonstrations, protests, letter writing/ telephone campaigns) to try to push Congress into action on DACA and on gun safety measures.