A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Paris accord: Plant more trees

Written December 12th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

Don’t try to read the text of the Paris agreement on climate change. Its convoluted language will make you dizzy and confused. It’s hard to tell whether it means anything other than what news accounts are telling us, which is that 196 countries including the United States pledge to do a bunch of things to […]

Left out of the climate summit

Written November 29th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

They didn’t invite me to the big climate-change summit in Paris, which is just as well because I’m stuck here with an iced-over windshield. I could run the engine long enough to get warm and let the defroster take care of this, but then I’d be adding a load of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere […]

What? Yes, our cooling climate!

Written November 30th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

The lower road at Albany’s Bowman Park was under water Saturday because the Willamette River rose quickly over the last couple of days. After cresting on Sunday afternoon at a predicted high of 14.5 feet on the Albany gauge, it will drop again just as quickly as colder weather sets in, possibly along with freezing rain […]

Toward a climate dictatorship?

Written November 14th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

In Beijing this week, the presidents of China and the United States reached what the press called a historic deal to fight climate change by reducing their countries’ use of fossil fuels. Americans might wonder how such a deal can mean anything at all unless both leaders assume they have similar dictatorial powers, powers that extend […]

Climate change and loss of freedom

Written November 3rd, 2014 by Hasso Hering

The latest climate change warning from the U.N. makes it clear why its recommendations have to be resisted if we’re to keep what freedoms we have. The report reinforces the impression that while global warming may cause changes in the world, they would be easier to bear than the restrictions that would result from giving the world’s governments more […]

Oregon pushed toward a carbon tax

Written September 23rd, 2014 by Hasso Hering

Oregon has a Global Warming Commission. The legislature created this advisory group in 2007 as a means to undermine traditional sources of energy and to prepare Oregon for the mother of all taxes, a carbon tax, which the 2015 session of the legislature may be asked to enact.

Obama, the climate and cheese

Written June 15th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

In Anaheim over the weekend, President Obama gave a commencement address that illustrates his penchant for loose talk. When you don’t or can’t tackle real problems — thousands of children walking across from Mexico so the Border Patrol will take care of them, Islamist terror brigades taking over Iraq, the government failing to do its […]

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How high’s the water now?

Written May 27th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

You were wondering how much the Pacific Ocean has risen since the last time I checked, right? I mean, there’s something in the news almost every day on climate change. And according to everything we hear, the effects of global warming including rising sea levels are affecting us all and happening now.

Our climate: Still great, right?

Written May 7th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

Living in the Willamette Valley, we don’t seem to be greatly affected by climate change, which according to President Obama and the big media is just about the greatest danger Americans face. And they say climate change is harming us now. Really?

Breezy day: Nice climate change

Written April 10th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

Thursday was a cloudless but very windy day on the central Oregon coast, as the noise on this video proves. Hardly anybody was on the beaches, which is not surprising for a weekday in early April. Every time I walk across the sand left dry by the low tide, I’m reminded of the increasing agitation […]

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