HASSO HERING

A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Obama and his climate hubs

Written February 5th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

The federal government is doing something else to save us from climate change. The Washington Examiner’s headline: “Obama Administration Creates ‘Climate Hubs’ to Combat Extreme Weather.” Well, too bad they’re not in time to combat and perhaps repel what’s forecast for the Willamette Valley starting Thursday: another bout of snow and maybe ice.


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.


Ice versus hot air

Written October 29th, 2013 by Hasso Hering

The bird bath in our yard froze over this morning, pretty much right on schedule. Meanwhile, in the world of politics, the hot air continues to billow forth about global warming and the steps we must take to slow it down. In the local paper, the AP reports on the governors of Oregon, California and […]


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 temps essentially unchanged

Written January 14th, 2013 by

Maybe it’s lucky that we don’t believe the hyperventilating about global warming in the papers and other mainstream media. If we relied on them, we might be tempted to think it’s been getting warmer in Oregon. And then we might step out the door into freezing fog without being properly dressed. Even if the weather […]


Science at work: The effect of AC

Written December 26th, 2012 by

I see in the paper that scientists have made another breakthrough. They have studied the issue long and hard and discovered that since the advent of air conditioning, deaths from high heat in the United States have declined. At least that’s the conclusion the Washington Post reported in a story that made local papers on […]


Rising sea level: Where?

Written November 26th, 2012 by

We are supposed to be worried about the rise in sea levels brought on by global warming. But should we be — worried, that is? How much of a threat is that in reality? Most of the scientists writing about this say the oceans are rising because the great ice sheets on land continue melting, […]


 
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