Hot Off the Wire — 10/9/2020

COVID Resources

Can the EPA reopen its offices safely? Its employees don’t think so
More than 90 percent of EPA union employees indicated that they did not trust the agency to keep them safe.

Measuring the Emotional Impact of COVID-19 on the U.S. Population
— Visual Capitalist


What The Stockdale Paradox Tells Us About Crisis Leadership — Forbes
“You must never confuse faith that you will prevail in the end—which you can never afford to lose—with the discipline to confront the most brutal facts of your current reality, whatever they might be.” — Admiral James Stockdale

Is 2020 the Opening for a Just Transition? — Yes! Magazine

The Amazon Has Seen Our Future — The New York Times
We asked a dozen experts on and from the region to tell us what’s going on, and to imagine a better future.

Regional electric system and demand management make the difference during California heatwave
Lower Snake River dams not critical – clean energy solutions will cover peak demand and protect salmon — NW Energy


Week 46: Read your voters’ pamphlet. Be informed on candidates’ environmental positions.
Take part: Oct. 11–17, 2020

New York City’s garbage trucks
are going green

NYC is testing
electric garbage trucks.

What Regenerative Farming Can Do for the Climate — Yes! Magazine

California will be first to accelerate transition to an all-electric future for vehicles

Regional Actions

A lecture series by David Domke on Zoom
A NEW BIRTH OF FREEDOM: The Nation and the 2020 Election
I have decided that I am going to again do the three-lecture series that I did in mid-September, with a roughly 20% update on the material to capture developments in the campaign.
Oct 12: American Democracy in Crisis | 7 pm PDT
Oct 13: The Presidency and Leadership | 7 pm PDT
Oct 14: The Senate, for the Win | 7 pm PDT

#WeArePugetSound and We Vote!
Oct 6, 2020 06:00 PM PDT

Climate Leaders Live — Climate Solutions
​​​​​Our Health, Our Climate—A Threat and an Opportunity
October 8, 2020 from 10:00-11:00 AM PT

Let’s get the WA Legislature to commit to climate action
— Climate Solutions

Add your voice to the petition calling for an immediate moratorium on old-growth logging —

Support our groundbreaking work
#509-620 View St. Victoria BC V8W 1J6

VIDEO: Hereditary chiefs, matriarchs and legal counsel for Wet’suwet’en speak

National Actions Climate Vote Project Toolkit
– Turn out environmental voters to the polls
– Combat voter suppression
– Register our base to vote and vote by mail

We mobilize volunteers for voters
around the country

Here’s how to get started:
1. Join our email list for the latest from CP Leadership
2. Attend our Intro Workshop that occurs every Monday at noon
3. Sign-up for a State Team to join a community and start working!

Tell the Army Corps: Deny the Keystone XL Permit — NRDC

Tell the Army Corps: the KXL Pipeline Endangers the Health of Families and KidsDeny the 404 Permit! — Sierra Club

Tell the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to Defend Endangered Species, Not Fossil Fuel Profits — NRDC

Send Trump’s Secretary of Agriculture a message now: no logging in the Tongass National Forest — Sierra Club

Support the League of Conservation Voters Action Fund — Contribute today!

Local/Regional News

FREE LIVE LAUNCH EVENT ❤️ Tuesday, October 13th  6pm PDT
Registration  |  hosted by Elliott Bay Books

Hosted by Meaningful Movies Port Townsend
Monday, October 12, 2020 at
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM PDT

Screening and Conversation Thursday October 15th
7pm – 8:30pm
Link to the event on Facebook
Hosted by Salish Sea Environmental Education And Action and
350 Seattle

The 15th annual Oregon-Washington Water Year Meeting:
2020 Recap and 2021 Outlook will be held as two virtual morning meetings.

National/International News

Choose Democracy has created this pledge:
1. We will vote.
2. We will refuse to accept election results until all the votes are counted.
3. We will nonviolently take to the streets if a coup is attempted.
4. If we need to, we will shut down this country to protect the integrity of the democratic process.

The Trump administration’s plans for offshore drilling are petering out — Grist

New Climate Emergency Declarations and News from The Climate Mobilization
The Climate Issue
The New York Times

Overcoming scorn for science


Find Yourself a Tailor. It’s Not Fancy, It’s Freeing.

Climate in Politics

Joe Biden’s new climate ad addresses the plight of American farmers
It’s the first climate-focused ad released by a presidential nominee of a major party in U.S. history. — Grist

Demand all upcoming presidential debates discuss climate change — Daily KOS

Sign the Petition: No Fossil Fueled Administration — Climate Hawks Vote

Add your name to oppose the Supreme Court nomination of Amy Coney Barrett
— 350 Action


The Teaching of the Dams
by OCA member Diana Somerville

Burning Worlds

Nan Bray is an oceanographer and climate scientist
who has farmed superfine merinos near Oatlands since 2000
  1. Carbon dioxide:
    Nature’s tiny solar panels
  2. Take a deep breath
  3. Galileo Fixes Everything
  4. A Silver Lining
  5. If You Don’t Like the Heat,
    Get Out of the Kitchen
  6. Rainfall, Evaporation and Desertification
  7. Runoff and Water Supplies
  8. Of Drought and Flooding Rains
  9. A Sunburnt Country

Note to Yarns from the Farm readers: This is the final regular article in a series on climate change that I’m writing for our local monthly newsletter, the Southern Midlands Regional News (SMRN). There will be a recap article in the next issue, that reviews the whole series. Previous articles can be found in the preceding Yarns from the Farm. The image above was taken after a major fire went through my property in January 2016. And a note to my non-Australian readership: this title and the previous one are taken from a much-loved poem, My Country, written by Australian Dorothea Mackellar at the age of 19, at the turn of the last century.

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