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.
Climate Change has become Climate Crisis. The urgency is not uniformly visible around the world, but the climate is approaching world-wide tipping points whose consequences would be world-wide problems.
Governor Kate Brown has taken the lead in addressing climate change for Oregon.
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Oil Export from Oregon
The Zenith Oil terminal has been the hot topic since before Zenith bought it from Arc Logistics. Originally a handler of tar for road building and repair, someone decided Canadian Tar Sands Oil would be much more profitable because there was some market for it, but the pipelines to carry it from Alberta to some coast somewhere never materialized. Thus Zenith looked for ways of using trains as a pipeline substitute.
Global Oil decided if Zenith could do it in Portland, they could surely do the same thing in Port Westward and started working on that.
Here is a link to recently shared information among activists on this subject: