from Lynn Mcclintock, Chair
Monday, February 10, 2020
Hines City Hall Conference room
Urgent Items on the agenda: We will have speakers first and then take action on the following:
This is what Our Environmental Actions looks like in Harney County. We need more letters to the editor to help this discussion along. Just in case you missed them, the following two 'letters to the editor' are featured in the BTH and surrounding rural newspapers. They were submitted by Marjorie Thelen.
Another cap and trade bill comes before the Oregon legislature in February. Groups like Citizens Climate Lobby and Oregon League of Conversation Voters, both non partisan organizations, want stronger provisions in what is now Senate Bill 1530. Those in opposition like some ranchers, farmers, and Timber Unity want fewer restrictions or no cap on carbon emissions.
I personally favor a stronger bill more like HB2020. We must put a price on carbon starting now, not sometime in the vague future. Some say that Oregon by itself can't put a dent in reducing carbon emissions. But consider that a lot of Oregons putting a price on carbon will.
I talked to a Harney County rancher a few weeks ago, who denies we have a carbon emissions problem and says there is no such thing as climate change. He said he has forty scientist friends who say climate change isn't happening. I said what about the 11,000 scientists who want a climate emergency declared now? The rancher scoffed and waved his hand dismissively. 11,000 vs. 40 seems pretty overwhelming to me. I guess we had different math teachers.
I believe in science, scientists, and data. The 11,000 scientists were actually 11,258 scientists in 153 countries from a broad range of disciplines. They warn that the planet clearly and unequivocally faces a climate emergency (Journal of Bioscience). Ecologists Bill Ripple and Christopher Wolf of Oregon State University spearheaded the study. It's important to operate on facts.
Consider writing your state legislator and senator in support of stronger provisions for SB1530. Your children and grandchildren may thank you.
But let's look, for example, at the real price of a gallon of gasoline. Direct costs of gasoline include exploration, production, refining, and distribution. The market sets the price. But the market doesn't factor indirect costs. If indirect costs are factored into a $3.00 gallon of gas, the real price is about $12.00 a gallon. Indirect costs include U.S. taxpayers footing the bill for U.S. military presence in the Middle East to ensure access to their precious oil. Taxpayers pay the cost for U.S. intervention in Middle East wars to protect oil fields. Taxpayers pay the costs of disasters related to climate warming, treatment of respiratory illnesses due to air pollution, and pipeline and oil spills. (See World on the Edge by Lester Brown, p. 16) Another indirect cost is fossil fuel subsidies that amounted to $400 billion in 2018. Who foots that bill? U.S. taxpayers. Using fossil fuels is not as cheap as we think.
We need to put a price on the carbon emissions and use the money to transition to more sustainable sources of clean energy, which is what SB1530 proposes, as I understand it. We need to transition away from our dependence on fossil fuels. We need to more rapidly move to renewable, clean energy like wind and solar. We need to more rapidly develop better electric vehicles and the infrastructure to support them. Put a price on carbon emissions. Support SB1530.
******************************************A DPO Environmental Action item:From RENEW OREGON! Salem Climate Action in 2020. Check out reneworegon.org to find out more regarding this eventThis will be the biggest Salem Climate Action in 2020Show our strength by standing together. Send a message to state legislators and Governor Brown to stand up to the powerful oil industry and pass real climate action. If you show up for one action on climate legislation in 2020, make it this one.
February 11, 2020 at 12pm - 1:30pm
Oregon State Capitol
900 court St NE
Salem, OR 97301
Google map and directions
The following is from the DPO Rural Caucus:
RURAL OREGONIANS STAND FOR FORESTING JOBSDear Rural Oregonians,
Today marks the first day of the 2020 Short Legislative Session and the clock is ticking for the environment and for rural jobs. Lawmakers have a dire desicion ahead of them and we have little time to advocate for our communities. Real rural Oregonians know that logging has existed and will continue to exist as part of the Oregonian labor and economic picture. And the majority of us support that. We are the ones who live with the economic downturns related to the loss of logging jobs. But we are being falsely represented by the Koch Brothers’ clone, Timber Unity, as having the opposite position. Let’s be clear. Real rural Oregonians are against vast clearcutting, NOT logging. Rural Oregonians stand FOR sustainable logging practices. Practices that INCREASE jobs… while building sustainable, fire resistant forests.
STAND WITH RURAL OREGONIANS FOR SUSTAINABLE FOREST PRACTICES.
RURAL OREGONIANS ARE FOR SELECTIVE FORESTING BECAUSE:
Join me in signing the SUSTAINABLE FOREST PRACTICES PETITION.
LauRose Felicity JD MSW CLAD
DPO Rural Caucus, Chair
Remember to volunteer
OUT TO VOTE
May 19, 2020
From the Election Committee
All data shows, across the nation, that to get our Democrat candidates elected, we need to knock on doors. That is how we Oregon Democrats have, over the past decades, forged Oregon Blue. In that spirit, HCDCC will be organizing three rounds of canvassing this important election year:
1) Reaching out to Non-Affiliated Voters (NAVs) in Burns and Hines, mid-March through mid-April, to educate and encourage them to change their NAV registration to Dem. We believe that being able to vote in this year's presidential Democratic primary will be a good incentive. The deadline to do so is April 18, 2020. All NAVs in Burns and Hines were canvassed by "Jamie volunteers" in 2018 with mostly good responses. The DPO has created an excellent user-friendly MiniVAN app, which allows any volunteer with a smart phone, to canvas from any geolocation without needing to have a specific turf cut-out for them in advance. Please contact Isabelle at firstname.lastname@example.org, if you are interested in volunteering using this format.
2) Reaching out to registered Democrat voters, through the Neighborhood Leader Program (NLP); is another format that has been successful in past elections. This program encourages them to vote in the May Primary. This canvas will occur between the first day to mail ballots, April 29, and election day, May 19, 2020. Please contact Isabelle at email@example.com if you are interested in becoming a Neighborhood Leader or doing this with the title of Neighborhood Leader. The easiest way to participate is with a smart phone using the MiniVAN app, but it can also be done using paper maps and lists which we would provide.
3) Reaching out through the NLP to our Democratic neighbors from mid-October to Election Day, to get out the Democratic vote in the 2020 general election. This will be done through specific campaigns. We may also organize or participate in other canvasses between May and October.
REMINDER: If you are filing for one of Harney County Democratic Precinct Committee Person positions, please visit the website for Harney County Government at https://www.co.harney.or.us, click on County Clerk and locate tab with election information. You can also call the county clerk's office at 541-573-664 to get information. Filing forms will also be at the February meeting. File by March 10, 2020 at the Harney County Clerk's Office.
Harney County Democrats Mission Statement:
We are a group of progressive-minded Harney County citizens who work together to share factual information on the issues and candidates, as well as provide an opportunity to discuss important issues in the community. We meet monthly. We are open to new ideas to be active and visible in the community as friends and neighbors. Some topics we discuss and support include social and economic justice, the importance of a multi-party system in a democracy, and friendly civil discourse between those parties.
2020 Election Cycle Begins
All year long!
Monday February 10, 2020
Hines City Hall
Leadership for Chairs and Vice Chair
February 21, 2020
March 9, 2020
Hines City Hall
Election Candidate Filing deadline
March 10, 2020
Harney County Court House
First Quarter SCC meeting