Understanding climate change

In 2017 NOAA calculated there was an impact of $300 billion to the U.S. economy from 16 weather-related events such as hurricanes, floods , tornadoes, thunderstorms, drought and forest fires. While no one weather event can be directly related to climate change, over a longer period of time the climate change models based on greenhouse gas emissions predict a higher occurrence of these events due to increased variability in the wind patterns, land and ocean temperatures and precipitation levels.

Are you concerned about the global and local impacts of climate change and what we can do to mitigate and adapt to these changes? Would you like to learn more about the science and data behind climate change predictions and the climate change denier claims?

Southern Oregon Climate Action Now (SOCAN) is putting on another Master Climate Protector class where you can learn about climate science and how to take action! The class starts Feb. 19 and runs for 10 weeks and is being held at the Higher Education Center in Medford. Enrollment is limited to 20 participants; for more information visit http://SOCANMCP.eco.

Ray Mallette

Ashland

Why vote yes?

One in four Oregonians is insured through the Oregon Health Plan or private insurance offered through the Oregon Marketplace. Voting yes on Measure 101 will protect that insurance.

If Measure 101 passes, last year’s HB 2391 will go into effect, charging insurance companies, hospitals and managed care organizations a fee that will generate between $210 million and $320 million, meeting Oregon’s 6 percent goal to qualify for federal matching funds of 94 percent. Those matching funds will bring in an added $630 million to $960 million to the state. In addition, insurance companies may not increase premiums more than 1.5 percent to offset the fees.

These kinds of provider assessments are used in 49 states to obtain federal support for health care.

Asante, Providence and more than 140 other organizations support Measure 101, as do Rep. Pam Marsh and Sen. Alan DeBoer.

Addie Greene

Ashland