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Letters to the Editor, July 20

Listen to Kennedy

Recently Robert Kennedy Jr., Waterkeeper Alliance, spoke here confirming what we know: that our Southern Oregon counties are pawns in the foreign and domestic oil and gas industries' determination to sell fracked gas to the Far East countries at a handsome profit (four times its value here). Environmental destruction to Coos Bay and the 232 miles of forest, private lands and waterways and spewing carbon into the atmosphere adding to global climate change is not a consideration for such a mammoth industry.

I suggest our senators would profit from spending an hour with Robert Kennedy Jr. and becoming more informed. I’m sure he would meet them if invited.

The trade-off for a small number of jobs is not worth it. Think about the jobs lost in recreation and tourism. The final decision about permitting the project will not be made until September or October: still time to influence our elected officials.

Call Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley with this suggestion. Contact Wyden at 202-224-5244 or locally at 541-858-5122 or 

www.wyden.senate.gov/contact/. Reach Merkley at 202-224-3753 or locally at 541-608-9102 or 

www.merkley.senate.gov/contact/.

Jain Waitt

Ashland

Maybe next session

I want real climate policy now because climate change is real, it is imminent, it is caused by humans, and every day we don't take action to curb our emissions the world is getting warmer, natural disasters are happening more frequently and ecosystems are slowly devolving into a state of no return.

I just graduated from St. Mary's High School with a class of spectacular people who all have bright futures ahead of them, and it is my hope that our children and our children's children will be able to have bright futures ahead of them as well.

I was disappointed and frustrated to see that the two strongest bills aimed at curbing greenhouse gas emissions, Cap and Dividend (SB 965) and Cap and Allocation (HB 3470) did not even make it to a vote by the Senate or House. The support from our citizens, scientists, organizations, businesses is there, and the science showing that we need to act now is copious and irrefutable. Unfortunately, it seemed that our legislators were content to do nothing about quite possibly the most meaningful issue that faces humanity. Hopefully it will be different next session.

Sam Becker

Talent

Taking on climate change

I feel more hopeful than ever that Congress is on the path to meaningful climate change action. I recently returned from Washington, D.C., where over 800 Citizens' Climate Lobby volunteers engaged members of Congress in constructive dialog toward a revenue-neutral carbon fee and dividend solution.

This was my second trip to Capitol Hill with CCL, and this year’s meetings were decidedly different. House and Senate members and staff were better informed, engaged in talking about solutions, and expressed the importance of early action.

CCL’s legislative proposal recognizes that our country needs a bipartisan path to lower greenhouse gas emissions. I am encouraged by reports from over 500 congressional office meetings last week that indicate a narrowing divide between Republicans and Democrats on the issue of climate change solutions.

Now I am hoping for Republican climate heroes to take the lead on climate legislation. May they follow the environmental stewardship of such as Teddy Roosevelt (land conservation), Richard Nixon (Clean Air Act) and Ronald Reagan (Montreal Protocol).

Ultimately, may this Congress choose to be on the right side of history and take action soon. Please support our elected officials on the path to getting there.

Sherrill Rinehart

Ashland

Letters to the Editor, July 20