Oregon Governor Brown, protect our future and stop the pipeline: Guest opinion (Oregonian)

Oregon’s youth who are affected by this proposal are standing up. Will you stand up for our future too, Governor Brown?

Pictured above is the location of the Proposed Pipeline crossing– under the beautiful Klamath River in Klamath Falls, Oregon. Site selection is at our Klamath River Wildlife Area!  Photo by: Taylor R. Tupper- Klamath Tribes News Dept.

 

Updated Nov 19, 1:30 PM; Posted Nov 19, 1:30 PM

The site of the proposed Jordan Cove Energy Project, a liquefied natural gas terminal on the North Spit of Coos Bay, Oregon.

( Ted Sickinger/Staff)

By Guest Columnist

BY ASHIA WILSON, MAYA DAVIS, JACOB LEBEL and SHARLENE WALTON

Oregon’s youth who are affected by this proposal are standing up. Will you stand up for our future too, Governor Brown?

Ashia 

Ashia Wilson, 15, lives in Klamath County and is the President of the Klamath Tribes Youth Council. Maya Davis, 18, lives in Jackson County. Jacob Lebel, 20, lives in Douglas County. Sharlene Walton, 18, lives in Coos County.

We represent youth voices from across Southern Oregon, along the whole route of the proposed Pacific Connector fracked gas pipeline. We oppose this project because it is our watersheds, our forests, our bays, our culture, our magical places, our homes, our climate and our future that is at risk.

As Gov. Kate Brown is participating in the climate talks in Bonn, Germany, and declaring that Oregon is still going to meet its share of the Paris Accords climate goals, we have something important we need her to hear: There is no way Oregon can maintain climate obligations to future generations if we allow the Jordan Cove Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Export Terminal and Pacific Connector Pipeline to be constructed.

We applaud Gov. Brown for her strong statements on climate change and for her support of policies that would begin to reduce climate pollution and help speed up the transition to clean energy in the process. However, it completely defeats the purpose of strong climate action to allow a new project that would become the state’s single largest climate polluter, as well as to ship gas that will be burned overseas releasing even more climate pollution into the atmosphere.

This is just simple math and science. As Angus Duncan, chairman of the Oregon Global Warming Commission, recently wrote in a public comment to the Oregon legislature, “Oregon is not on track to meet its greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals: not in 2020, 2035 or 2050. Not even close.”

So far, the governor has not even publicly acknowledged that the Jordan Cove project exists, let alone taken a position on it. This is in stark contrast to President Trump who declared Jordan Cove a top 3 national energy priority and has appointed hand-picked Federal Energy Regulatory Commission members to ensure his project gets federal approval. But, because this project crosses our waters and lands, the state of Oregon still has the power to say no to this polluting project. And Gov. Brown, as the most powerful elected official in the state and a member of the State Land Board, has the power to make sure that our region’s resources are protected and that we do everything possible to prevent climate catastrophe.

Many adults in Oregon are standing with youth and future generations. Hundreds of individuals, tribal governments, business owners and organizations have intervened in the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s process to object to this dangerous project. Thousands more have submitted comments, participated in hearings and more to show our opposition.

This Pipeline is Not for the People!

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Link to editorial here: http://www.oregonlive.com/opinion/index.ssf/2017/11/gov_brown_protect_our_future_a.html

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Additional Information…

This Pipeline is Not for the People!

Sammy Gensaw, Director of the Ancestral Guard, Yurok Tribe -Village of Requa at the mouth, standing here– where the Klamath River meets the Pacific Ocean. “This pipeline is NOT for the people. This pipeline is everything that is wrong with American society today. Our forefather’s from the very beginning didn’t fight so big corporations could over-take everything and take away the freedom of the people.” He adds, “Our forefather’s fought for the chance to live a free and healthy life, and that is what we will continue to fight for.”

Water is Life- We Stand and Speak for those who are not yet born! No amount of $ money $ is worth our future’s clean water!

For more information see our Video on You Tube at: NO LNG Pipeline Klamath Tribes athttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PFpIalwW9bY

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