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A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Coast update: Sea level?

Written December 16th, 2013 by Hasso Hering

Just in case you were wondering what was happening at the central Oregon coast, here’s a video update, shaky and wind-noisy it may be. The short answer is that nothing has changed since the last update a month or so ago. Except that on Dec. 16 the weather was sunny and mild, very nice. The main […]

How about a tax on heating?

Written December 7th, 2013 by Hasso Hering

  Let’s remember the scenes from this winter when state and federal officials start talking again about imposing a “carbon tax” or increasing the energy taxes we already have.

Climate change? Demand better weather!

Written November 17th, 2013 by Hasso Hering

The calls for Oregon government action to affect the climate never stop. What the climate agitators really want is not a better climate but higher taxes on private enterprise. But talking about climate action sounds so much more benign, on the surface anyway. If only we could!

If this is climate change…

Written October 25th, 2013 by Hasso Hering

Climate change and reports — or predictions  — of a dangerous rise in the sea level are in the news almost every day. Yet this preoccupation with climate stories in the media is strangely detached from our everyday experiences. Which raises this question: How come the media keep hammering a theme that does not really […]

Climate change: Where is it?

Written September 14th, 2013 by

You may have noticed that while everybody talks about climate change, the climate around here has been staying remarkably unchanged. We moved to Albany in the drought year of 1977. In North Albany, where houses then still relied on water systems fed by shallow wells, outdoor watering was restricted. The rain resumed that September and […]

Oregon might tax the air, almost

Written August 20th, 2013 by

It didn’t get much attention at the time, but the 2013 Oregon legislature took a step toward taxing air — well, not air exactly, just a component of natural air. You guessed it: carbon dioxide and other so-called greenhouse gases. Democrats in the House and Senate, over the fruitless objections of Republicans, passed Senate Bill […]

Sea level rise: So what?

Written August 7th, 2013 by

If you have nothing at all to worry about — but only then — you can worry about the rising sea level. That’s my conclusion after reading about the latest research, so-called, on this subject, reported in USA Today on July 29. A paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences said that a […]

Climate change or something else?

Written November 16th, 2012 by

A study publicized by Oregon State speculates that climate change is causing additional stress to western rangelands where cattle and wild animals graze. In the Los Angeles Times, an art critic reports on the flooding in Venice. He suggests that the annual winter flooding there is much worse this time because of global warming. We […]

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