Diarmuid’s Note to the Bundys

Note to Bundys: The people of Harney County and their Basin neighbors are sitting on valuable, undeveloped resources. Development of solar, wind and geothermal potential could bring a new era of prosperity to this region. Government does not stand in the way of developing alternative energy. In fact, we need government action, specifically the Healthy Climate Act currently under consideration by our State legislature, to facilitate public investment in clean …continue…

Just because we are Oregonians does not mean we are stupid – Open letter re LNG Pipeline

Dear Canadian Carbon Moguls, We understand that you want to cut a 95-foot swath across southwestern Oregon and bury a pipeline so you can sell fracked natural gas to China. Now just hold on for a second. We have opinions about this. We wear plaid shirts here in Oregon. We love ducks and beavers. We would rather be outdoors than pushing pencils but we can still do a bit of …continue…

Breakfast with David: biscuits, gas and 3470

I’m eating breakfast with David Koch at Green Springs Inn. The big (6’5”) plutocrat seems to be enjoying himself. “Julia won’t let me order biscuits and gravy,” he chuckles. After the basketball conversation winds down, I pop the question. “I’m concerned about this gas pipeline that your Veresen friends want to run down Clover Creek Road. You carbon moguls are going to be tearing up old growth timber in the …continue…

Same old story: looming disaster, hero, long shot at redemption by Diarmuid

The climate of our planet has flipped. Drought, fire and extreme storms are upon us. If we continue to pump more greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, human civilization as we have known it for the past 8,000 years could collapse. But a hero has come forward to lead a last ditch fight against despair and devastation. Or maybe not. Am I am just imagining a summertime blockbuster movie? Please deposit …continue…

Ducks, carbon, the battle of Clover Creek by Diarmuid

At 2:00 PM Pacific time on New Year’s Day, 2015, the Ducks of Oregon, will meet the Seminoles of Florida State at Pasadena’s Rose Bowl and on the flat screen at Green Springs Inn. This game will be one for the ages. The forces of rectitude, led by the upstanding Marcus Mariota (unblemished except for a speeding ticket) will meet the notably blemished Jameis Winston and the avatars of athletic …continue…

Fire, acts of God, acts of man by Diarmuid

If you had come to Green Springs Inn on Friday, August 1, what would you have seen? Blue sky. Tall firs swaying in a gentle breeze. A few people enjoying local microbrew on the deck. Sorry, no drama. Six miles east, along Copco Road, there was plenty of action. Late Wednesday night or early Thursday morning, a bolt of lightning hit a tree somewhere south of the old Box O …continue…

Climate change, survival and the buzz kill factor by Diarmuid McGuire

One of our brilliant daughters, code-named M1, was surfing near Cannon Beach last week when she ran into a band of acquaintances, millennials like her, outdoors fun lovers, several with jobs at places like Nike and Intel. In other words, they were exactly the type of people we need to change the world. Sitting around a campfire on the sand, sipping brews, M1 mentioned that the waves they had been …continue…