The Capping Carbon Campaign is well underway. Our initial goal set back in the summer of 2016 was to ensure that all Portland area legislators are climate champions. We organized meetings between constituents and their Representatives and Senators and have met with most of our legislators. These meetings have been very positive. All the legislators we met with support strong climate legislation. We are especially fortunate to have as a champion Senator Michael Dembrow, who is the Chair of the Committee on Environment and Natural Resources, where Senate Bill 557, the Clean Energy and Jobs bill, was introduced.
With climate change now our daily reality, climate scientists are working hard to understand its effects. And as climate denial and misinformation seems to crop up everywhere these days, it’s more important than ever that we keep tabs of current climate science so we can be effective, informed activists.
With that in mind, each month we’ll be bringing you a curated roundup of the some of the most important current studies on climate-related science, from studies on our changing ocean to news about climate’s effects on key industries.
Global data from NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information show that January 2017 was the third-warmest on record since scientists began to track global land and ocean temperatures in 1880. January 2016 was the warmest on record, with 2007 in second place. The dataset also shows record-low sea ice extent at the poles: the average Arctic sea ice extent was 8.6 percent below the 1981-2010 average, while the average Antarctic sea ice extent was 22.8 percent below that average. See all articles →
350PDX’s very own Mia Reback cut straight through the technical jargon to cap off various environmental and citizen groups’ testimony concerning PGE’s disastrous energy plan at the most recent PUC meeting in Salem. “Where in this process are you adequately accounting for the full costs and risks of fossil fuels?” she asked, and she was speaking up for all Oregonians demanding clean energy now.
If acronyms and wonky energy policy-speak make your head hurt, let me sort through the RECs and PTCs and give it to you straight: PGE wants to build two natural gas fueled power plants in Boardman Oregon to supply power for decades–locking Oregonians into reliance on fossil fuels at precisely a time when clean energy is becoming exponentially more available and affordable. Why would they do this you ask? Well, I asked the same thing and was met with chuckles: because PGE is guaranteed a 10% return on their investments; they are assuring their stakeholders profits, but at the expense of our environment and health. Read more
Pipelines are a story. Pipelines are a commitment. From conception to construction, pipelines take a long time to come to fruition, and as the years pass, the fossil fuel industry hopes that the average citizen will not make the commitment to follow each pipeline’s multi-year narrative. It is difficult to mobilize without a clear narrative—and as a result, outrage often doesn’t reverberate outside of a proposed pipeline’s region. Even the most well-known fossil fuel projects, such as the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) and the Keystone XL Pipeline do not receive the media attention required for the general population to fully appreciate or follow the powerful resistance being mounted by their opponents.
With this in mind, we have grouped articles relating to specific pipeline projects together so that you can follow the projects and the activists fighting against them with each Climate Activism Roundup. We hope this will connect our readers with the stories of other individuals and communities facing similar struggles, and we hope that it will make it a little easier to make the commitment to follow the various pipeline narratives unfolding across the country and the world. See all articles →