We are hoping to find a good balance of advocacy for ESF. We particularly believe that Engineers bring an opportunity to have objective points of view on subjects. By reducing a problem to numbers and science, we should be able to produce defensible positions. So, we hope to use this website and our membership input to gather good information on which to base decisions, and good processes by which to apply it.
Advocating for quick, controlled transition from fossil fuels to green energy and a more socially just economy.
We have been attending meetings in person and online with people with expertise we lack.
Anyone with time and interest is more than welcome to jump in.
Series of events change our scientific assumptions greatly
Urgency of #ClimateCrisis
More Urgency of #ClimateCrisis
We Concentrate on The Main Event, expecting no problems
Clean Energy Jobs
ESF's (Engineers for a Sustainable Future's) first advocacy was and is for the passage of Oregon HB 2020 for the purpose of doing fundraising in support of climate justice work. It is not expected that climate emissions or other pollution issues will be significantly affected by this bill. But Caps and pricing mechanisms will determine the cost of emissions, and the payments on those emissions will fund Climate Justice activity.
Associated with that will be our advocacy for making all resource mining and energy use permitting to be based on Best Available Science
. This needs to be done as if Oregon chooses to support the premise of Public Trust defense of natural resources for future generations
as demanded by the Our Children's Trust case
As carbon based fuels must quickly fall out of use, our permitting should mostly disallow any significant new carbon fuel use, and schedule the ending of their usage.
Best Available Science on page 18.
Best-in-class … carbon sequestration on natural and working landscapes.
References the UN IPCC as authority on Best Available Science on Climate.
Notes that “Land use: Oregon’s nationally renowned land use planning prog (SB100) laid the groundwork for mitigation and adaptation in Oregon for 45 years by creating dense, livable communities and protecting farms, forests, and natural areas from development.
Her paper even points out how solutions are available: “Recent changes in technology and the marketplace have placed a clean electricity system firmly within reach. The costs of wind and solar power have fallen dramatically over the last decade; for example, utility-scale solar costs have fallen more than seventy-percent since 2010. Onshore wind, solar, hydropower, … are very cost-competitive, and in many markets, beating the generation costs for fossil-based electricity. At the same time, the emerging energy storage technologies needed to balance intermittent resources – batteries and smart grid advancements – are rapidly improving in efficiency and price. Our region also shows strong potential.”
She recognizes that our efforts should; “provides clear direction to the Public Utility Commission to consider regulated-climate emissions as part of its role as economic regulator of investor-owned utilities.” This point was emphasized as one of what the PUC recommended to the legislature 2 months before the white paper, in the report back on SB978 research project.
She also suggests we Create the Oregon Climate Authority. While regularly making statements of the importance of Science, the need to be lead by “Best Available Science”, this document doesn't notice that a new leading agency in the energy sector who's job is to actually become the agency responsible for having all our actions be
Following Best Available Science
with the understanding that a necessary definition of that is successful protection of the Public Trust.
Note that much of the need to concentrate on these things is also an opportunity.
The goal should be to put our grid in competition with other “Green States” for being fully green long before 2030.
Yet More Urgency of #ClimateCrisis
Catch up on Other Activities
The Target We are After
Jordan Cove LNG Terminal
Jordan Cove LNG Terminal PAGE
Fracking, especially for "Natural Gas" / "Fracked Gas"
Sustainability Projects Grading and Support
As a general concept
The Civil Engineers have succeeded at being able to issue report cards on projects and standing infrastructure that have been well accepted as legitimate and objective input to governmental decisions.
Eventually, we would like to be able to emulate that, and/or help others to emulate that in their decision processes.
We would like to have volunteers who would help us define what that would look like, and why.
Specifically, support of the project decision structure for the Portland Clean Energy Fund
On This approach toward 2020 What is Same or Different?