February 9, 2014

Tar Sands Megaload permit Rally; Salem, Ore; Monday February 10, 2014; 10 AM

SALEM CLIMATE ACTIVISTS

Rally to Support Court Action against Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) for Megaload Permits

Monday February 10, 2014
10:00 am
Marion County Courthouse
100 High Street NE, Salem, Oregon


From Leonard Higgins with ActOnClimate.net:

“Please join us at 10am Monday on the courthouse steps as we file in Marion County Circuit Court to require a court review of ODOT Megaload permits. Please bring your signs, warm clothes and you may need rain gear. We'll be taking pictures and video to help gather public input to ODOT. More information atwww.ActOnClimate.net.”

Megaloads are enormous machines to be used for extracting and processing tar sands oil, one of the filthiest and most climate disrupting fossil fuels. Too large to fit under an Interstate overpass, these machines are being transported by barge then via rural roads to Alberta, CA. They can only travel at night because they block other traffic.

After a years-long fight, the Nez Perce Nation won an injunction against using roads on their lands in Idaho for these megaloads. To bypass the prohibited area, the most recent megaloads travelled through Eastern Oregon in late 2013 under permits from the Oregon Department of Transportation. Several people were arrested in attempts to block the megaloads (Leonard was arrested after chaining himself to one of these monster machines) and many more turned out to protest the megaloads in Umatilla, Pendleton and in support demonstrations in Portland. 

ODOT claims that the public has “no standing” in regard to its permits. The court filing on Monday will address this issue.

See the video from the Megaload Forum and the power point presentations here: http://www.coalmarch.org/megaloads/

Also see All Against the Haul & Portland Rising Tide

MORE INFO FROM SALEM CLIMATE ACTIVISTS:

---Coming Events:
   Monday February 10 Rally at Marion County Courthouse – Support Anti-Megaload activists filing suit against ODOT
   Friday-Saturday February 14-15 Transformation without Apocalypse Symposium OSU Corvallis
   Saturday February 22 No KXL Pledge of Resistance Training Portland
   Saturday-Sunday February 22-23 Citizens Climate Lobby Northwest Regional Conference
   February 27-March 2 Public Interest Environmental Law Conference U of O Law School Eugene
   Saturday March 1 Citizens Climate Lobby Monthly Meeting
---Take Action
   Submit Public Comments on Keystone XL Pipeline to State Department Now through March 7
   Megaloads – Send letters to ODOT demanding that citizen concerns have standing in re ODOT permits
--- News & Notes
   Salem Climate Activists were among thousands across the country saying No Keystone XL Pipeline
---Going Forward Let’s build a cohesive climate action movement in Salem
---Website, Facebook page and email address - check them out

COMING EVENTS
Rally to Support Court Action against ODOT for Megaload Permits Monday February 10, 2014 10:00 am
Marion County Courthouse 100 High Street, SE
From Leonard Higgins with ActOnClimate.net. “Please join us at 10am Monday on the courthouse steps as we file in Marion County Circuit Court to require a court review of ODOT Megaload permits. Please bring your signs, warm clothes and you may need rain gear. We'll be taking pictures and video to help gather public input to ODOT. More information atwww.ActOnClimate.net.” 

Megaloads are enormous machines to be used for extracting and processing tar sands oil, one of the filthiest and most climate disrupting fossil fuels. Too large to fit under an Interstate overpass, these machines are being transported by barge then via rural roads to Alberta, CA. They can only travel at night because they block other traffic. After a years-long fight the Nez Perce Nation won an injunction against using roads on their lands in Idaho for these megaloads. To bypass the prohibited area, the most recent megaloads travelled through Eastern Oregon in late 2013 under permits from the Oregon Department of Transportation. Several people were arrested in attempts to block the megaloads (Leonard was arrested after chaining himself to one of these monster machines) and many more turned out to protest the megaloads in Umatilla, Pendleton and in support demonstrations in Portland. ODOT claims that the public has “no standing” in regard to its permits. The court filing on Monday will address this issue.
 
See the video from the Megaload Forum and the power point presentations here: http://www.coalmarch.org/megaloads/

Transformation without Apocalypse Symposium OSU Corvallis Friday-Saturday February 14-15
LaSells Stewart Center, Oregon State University, Corvallis. Free and open to the public.
Sponsored by the Spring Creek Project at Oregon State, the symposium will have a number of inspirational speakers including climate change activist Tim DeChristopher who spent over a year in federal prison for non-violently disrupting an auction of oil drilling leases on public land, authors Ursula K. LeGuin, Kim Stanley Robinson, Kathleen Dean Moore, Rob Nixon and others, as well as workshops and a Radial Reimagining Fair involving over 30 organizations.  350 Corvallis will have a very creative exhibit showing choices for our future climate and their implications; they will also have a candlelight vigil before the evening session.
Learn more and register at: http://liberalarts.oregonstate.edu/node/953

No KXL Resistance training Portland Saturday February 22, 2014 (rescheduled from January date)
If the Keystone XL pipeline is approved to carry tar sands oil from Canada into the US, more than 75,000 people have pledged to take part in non-violent civil disobedience. These actions are being led and coordinated by a coalition of organizations: CREDO, Rainforest Action Network and the Other 98% and endorsed by organizations including 350.org, Oil Change International, Hip Hop Caucus, Bold Nebraska and the Tar Sands Blockade.) - See more at: http://nokxl.org/who-are-we/#sthash.SmUujW9j.dpuf
In order to participate in a No KXL Pledge of Resistance action you must take part in a training for a specific location first. This training is for action in Portland. For more information, contact 350 Portland 503-705-1943.  If you want to coordinate travel from Salem, please contact me, Laurie Dougherty, at salem.climate.activists@gmail.com

Citizens Climate Lobby Pacific Northwest Regional Conference Saturday-Sunday February 22-23, 2014
Holladay Park Plaza, Portland Sliding scale Registration Fee For more information: http://cclnorthwest.wordpress.com/

32nd Public Interest Environmental Law Conference  U of O Eugene February 27-March 2
University of Oregon School of Law
This widely acclaimed conference provides a wealth of information and ideas for moving forward on environmental issues. The whole schedule has not been published yet, but James Hansen, former NASA climate researcher and still active advocate for urgent action based on the scientific knowledge of climate change, is one of the announced Keynote Speakers. Open to the public. Attend all or part.  This year’s theme is Running Into Running Out.

Citizens Climate Lobby (CCL) Salem Chapter meeting Saturday March 1, 2014 from 9:30-Noon
Ike Box Café 299 Chemeketa Street NE (Cottage & Chemeketa Streets) Salem
Regular monthly meeting followed by letter writing.  “This rapidly growing organization working to slow climate change has shown how to lobby effectively for a revenue-neutral carbon tax.… (CCL) is a national group with over 180 local chapters, including dozens in the Pacific Northwest.” For more information, or to listen to an introductory phone call (every Wednesday at 5 pm) see www.citizensclimatelobby.org.
TAKE ACTION
Submit Public Comments Opposing Keystone XL Pipeline to State Department Now through March 7.
Submit comments directly to the State Department here: http://www.keystonepipeline-xl.state.gov/

Individual comments in your own words are most effective, however you can also sign on to the comment to be submitted by Friends of the Earth: http://action.foe.org/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=15004

The State Department released its most recent Revised (revised several times due to flawed procedures) Environmental Impact Statement which again claims that the KXL pipeline will not add to global carbon emissions because companies will find another way to get the oil to market. This claim is made despite the fact that tar sands extraction (basically a strip mine operation) produces higher greenhouse gas emissions than conventional oil drilling, rail transport is more expensive and dangerous, and other pipeline projects face serious opposition. Secretary of State John Kerry must make the final recommendation and President Obama must make the final decision. Tell them NO KXL.

Learn more about KXL with fact sheets & reports from NRDC
Killing more jobs than it creates, Dirtiest oil, Destined for export, links to many other reports

Megaloads Send letters to ODOT demanding that citizen concerns be taken into consideration before granting permits for megaloads on Oregon roads. See Coal March http://www.coalmarch.org/megaloads/ for information about Megaloads and advice for writing letters and where to send them. Please send a copy of your letters to Jim Powers in Albany, OR JimVsCO2@gmail.com so activists working on this can keep track of the campaign.

NEWS & NOTES
Thirty+ people turned out for Salem No KXL Vigil to send President Obama and John Kerry a message: No Keystone XL Pipeline on Monday February 3. Our vigil in front of the Marion County Democratic Party Headquarters was one of over 270 held across the country involving thousands of people.


GOING FORWARD There is building momentum among climate change activists up and down the Willamette Valley. In order to respond quickly and effectively to events and policy initiatives as they emerge, we need a cohesive, ongoing group in Salem.  In the next couple of weeks, I think we should have a meeting to pull such a group together. One option would be to form a chapter of 350.org (there are very active 350.org local groups in Corvallis and PDX).  CCL is becoming active here, but it’s focused solely on a revenue neutral carbon tax. We also need to move on other fronts: stopping coal exports, stopping the expansion of oil drilling and transport (by pipeline & rail), supporting renewable energy development and low carbon lifestyles and policies that encourage them. I have some ideas for a good video we could watch to kick off our meeting; let me know if you have suggestions.  Stay tuned for time and place. 

 WEBSITE, BLOG AND EMAIL ADDRESS
Salem Climate Activists website & blog.  Check it out, make comments and suggestions.  http://salemclimateactivists.wordpress.com/

Salem Climate Activists Facebook page. Check it out, submit ideas, share articles & links https://www.facebook.com/pages/Salem-Climate-Activists/210186279163882

Salem Climate Activists email address.  Let's keep in touch:  salem.climate.activists@gmail.com

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