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 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. 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.
  
-===== A Quick Take on Oregon Climbing Onto UN IPCC SR15 =====+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.
  
-{{ :​pdf:​climate_initiative_petitions.pdf |The Reason Climate Initiative Petitions are a Good Idea – We Need 2 More }}+It's a complex subject The following will try to give just enough background to understand why we choose our plan.
  
-===== Advocating for quick, controlled transition from fossil fuels to green energy ​and a more socially just economy. ​=====+===== Reasonong ​and Plan for 2020 =====
  
 + **The key starting point is to achieve the major decarbonization the UN IPCC asks in their Special Report on 1.5 degrees (SR15). The legislature is attempting to address this at a state-wide level.**
  
-==== Outside Coaching ====+ There are pieces that need to be addressed at the level of metropolitan areas that aren't covered by the legislature. Trimet is the current hot example of this.
  
-We have been attending meetings in person and online with people with expertise we lack.   + Hot issue because a year ago, Trimet bought a handful ​of electric buses, giving the public the impression that this was the beginning of leaving fossil fuels behind. ​**However, there is no program just a TriMet PR prospectus The Non-Diesel Bus Plan.**
-  * Legal Points ​of View +
-  ​Economics +
-  ​Specific rule and regulations +
-  ​High GWP refrigerants+
  
 + ​Saying that their experience with the electric buses was not meeting expectations,​ they reverted to a 5-year evaluation period while the technology is already being deployed at scale in other comparable fleets around the country and the world. ​ This is a damaging setback for Portland'​s opportunities to reduce diesel emissions before 2030. Their intent is to buy over 100 diesel buses before 2025.
  
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 + Here is a FAQ summary of some of that {{ :​pdf:​trimet_faq_-_final.pdf |}}
  
 + Here is current opportunity for action: {{ :​esf_call_to_action.pdf |}}.
  
 + ​Progress in the Legislature leaves this pretty stale. ​ I will try to update very soon.
 + {{ :​pdf:​thinkingthroughclimateinoregon_tr_ed10.pdf |Reasonong and Plan for 2020}} ​
  
-Anyone with time and interest is more than welcome to jump in. 
  
-===== Series of events change our scientific assumptions greatly ===== 
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-==== Urgency of #​ClimateCrisis ==== 
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-[[Urgency of #​ClimateCrisis |Urgency of #​ClimateCrisis] ​ UNIPCC SR15 ]] 
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-==== More Urgency of #​ClimateCrisis ==== 
-[[More Urgency of #​ClimateCrisis |More Urgency of #​ClimateCrisis] ​ Black Friday, Greta Thunberg, Extinction Rebellion ]] 
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-[[https://​en.wikipedia.org/​wiki/​Timeline_of_Extinction_Rebellion_actions | Extinction Rebellion ​ starts/​keeps provoking #​ClimateEmergency Declarations ]] 
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-===== We Concentrate on The Main Event, expecting no problems ===== 
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-==== Clean Energy Jobs ==== 
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-  - 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. <​html>​ <​!-- ​ - Look for news at [[:​clean_energy_and_jobs_news| this link]] ​ --> </​html>​ 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 **[[https://​www.ourchildrenstrust.org/​oregon | 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. 
-  - Governor Kate Brown published ​ <​HTML><​BIG></​HTML>​{{ :​pdf:​governor_kate_brown_climate_agenda_1_.pdf |a white paper on 11/​28/​2018}}<​HTML></​BIG></​HTML>​ that advocates: ​ 
-    - 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. 
-  * Protecting the Public Trust using 
-  * Best Available Science 
-  * Using the PUC (Public Utility Commission) to cause the readily available cheap technology to be to promptly put in place. 
-The goal should be to put our grid in competition with other "Green States"​ for being fully green long before 2030. 
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-==== Yet More Urgency of #​ClimateCrisis ==== 
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-[[Yet More Urgency of #​ClimateCrisis |Yet More Urgency of #​ClimateCrisis] HB 2020 (aka Clean Energy Jobs fails to pass) ]] 
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-===== Catch up on Other Activities ===== 
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-==== The Target We are After ==== 
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-[[A quick, controlled transition from fossil fuels to green energy and a more socially just economy|A quick, controlled transition from fossil fuels to green energy and a more socially just economy]] 
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-==== Jordan Cove LNG Terminal ==== 
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-Jordan Cove LNG Terminal [[jordan_cove_terminal|PAGE]] 
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-==== Fracking, especially for "​Natural Gas" / "​Fracked Gas" ==== 
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- ​Fracking,​ especially for "​Natural Gas" / "​Fracked Gas" [[shale_gas_fracked_gas_-_fact_sheet|Shale Gas / Fracked Gas - Fact Sheet]] 
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-==== 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. 
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-Eventually, we would like to be able to emulate that, and/or help others to emulate that in their decision processes. 
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-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 === 
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-===== On This 2020 path toward HB 2020 What is Same or Different? ===== 
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-===== Other Issues ​ ===== 
-==== Electrification of Transportation ==== 
-=== Electrification of Trimet Buses === 
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-[[Tracy Farwell'​s thoughts |Tracy Farwell'​s thoughts]] 
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