Portland is once again out in front, positioned to do what climate-change experts say is necessary to hold off catastrophic climate disruption. Led by heroic efforts of 350PDX, a local chapter of 350.org, the Portland City Council unanimously passed a first-of-its-kind resolution establishing opposition to expansion of infrastructure whose primary purpose is transporting or storing fossil fuels in or through Portland or its adjacent waterways. As we've seen with the previous 10,000 climate actions taken by cities — bold, aggressive action can be contagious and embolden other governments to do the same.
On November 10th, the Portland City Council is set to vote on putting the resolution into law. This blazes a trail for the rest of the world's governments to follow; we can turn those 10,000 tangible, local actions, those ripples of hope, into a tidal wave that helps transform the world.
Thank God he'll be out of orifice in less than 90 days. The idiot believes that Portland is going to be a "model for the world".
The Environmental Protection Agency may have overlooked the real culprits in its recent crackdown on methane emissions from fossil fuels: rice farmers and cows.
A newly released study led by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration attributed the increase in global atmospheric methane since 2007 to microbial sources, including rice paddies, livestock, decaying vegetation in wetlands and even termites — but not fossil fuels.
The report, published Thursday in the journal Nature, provided fodder to those challenging the EPA’s methane rule, released in May, which seeks to cut methane emissions from fossil fuel sources by 40 percent to 45 percent by 2025 from 2012 levels in order to combat climate change.
Meanwhile, the corruption continues:
The city of Portland wrongfully spent millions of dollars from its water bureau to build trails and other amenities at Powell Butte Nature Park, a judge ruled late Friday.
It was the latest decision on attorney John DiLorenzo's six-year crusade against what he claims were "improper" city expenditures of city water and sewer revenue on a parks, tours and other unnecessary amenities. Customers fed up with years of significant water and sewer rate hikes sued the city.
"I"m very pleased," DiLorenzo said. "They built a new park and they used about $9 million of water bureau funds improperly to do it."
Let's see: so far Portland City Council diverted $1.5 million in water ratepayer funds to build a Rose Festival headquarters building and $1 million to build a "demonstration water house" that they ultimately ended up selling at a 25% loss. They diverted another million to build an amphitheater and other "improvements" at Dodge Park - in Clackamas County.
None of these had anything to do with providing the services that ratepayers are charged for. So far, it appears that they diverted some $12.5 million to fund pet projects that do nothing to improve services to ratepayers. And the hits just keep on coming. Oh, make that $13.7 million in diversions:
Last March, Bushong issued another split decision, ruling the city went well outside its authority when it spent nearly $1.2 million in water and sewer money to operate outdoor public restrooms and pay for candidates' political campaigns.
No problem; Portland's gonna be a World Leader!
But it turns out that there's also another bit of trouble at the Department of Corrections (as has been the case pretty much constantly for the last four decades or more):
The No. 2 administrator in Oregon's Department of Corrections abruptly resigned this week amid an internal inquiry into her conduct.
Kim Brockamp, 47, stepped down Thursday, citing personal reasons.
Brockamp is the target of an ongoing department investigation, said Elizabeth Craig, an agency spokeswoman.
Michael Gower, assistant director of operations for the agency, is also under investigation, Craig said.
Brockamp was making nearly $13,000 per month; Gower, nearly $12,000. No wonder we need constant tax increases. The nice part about being a public employee is that you can always just "step down" or maybe transfer to another department when you get caught:
Brockamp, in an email to agency staff Thursday, said she would step down immediately.
"As I have been reflecting on my own work/life balance, I have recognized it is time for me to make some changes," she said. "This was a difficult decision, but I know it is in the best interest of me and my family."
Isn't that just special?