2015 Was Hottest Year in Historical Record, Scientists Say – NEW YORK TIMES

Scientists reported Wednesday that 2015 was the hottest year in the historical record by far, breaking a mark set only the year before — a burst of heat that has continued into the new year and is roiling weather patterns all over the world. In the contiguous United States, the year was the second-warmest on record, punctuated by a December that was both the hottest and the wettest since record-keeping began. One result …continue…

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…

Urge State of Oregon to Turn Down Pipeline Through Our Wetlands and Waterways By ROGUE RIVERKEEPER

If permits – currently being considered by the Oregon Department of State Lands – are approved as part of the the Jordan Cove and Pacific Connector project, a 230-mile 36” pipeline would be constructed across the Klamath, Rogue, Umpqua, Coquille and Coos watersheds to export fracked gas overseas. The installation of this pipeline would scar our watersheds by digging trenches straight across hundreds of waterways, damaging hundreds of acres of …continue…

Big Oil braced for global warming while it fought regulations – LA TIMES

BY AMY LIEBERMAN AND SUSANNE RUST  Afew weeks before seminal climate change talks in Kyoto back in 1997, Mobil Oil took out a bluntly worded advertisement in the New York Times and Washington Post. “Let’s face it: The science of climate change is too uncertain to mandate a plan of action that could plunge economies into turmoil,” the ad said. “Scientists cannot predict with certainty if temperatures will increase, by …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…