Panel on Climate and Plastics

January 27, 2020 - 7:00 PM
Newport Public Library
35 NW Nye St
Newport, OR
Citizens’ Climate Lobby, 350 Oregon Central Coast

King tide fills Yaquina Bay near Newport.\Photo by Masako Metz.

Speakers addressing upcoming state climate legislation and plastic disposal will address a public event on Monday, Jan. 27, 7 p.m. at the Newport Public Library (35 N.W. Nye St.).  The event, free and open to all, is sponsored by the Newport group of The Citizens’ Climate Lobby and 350 Oregon Central Coast. 

Pat DeLaquil will discuss the pros and cons of Legislative Concept 19, the new version of climate change policy that has been drafted by the Democrats in the hopes of passing in the short session of the Oregon State Legislature. The broad framework of the previous HB 2020, defeated during the last session, remains in place, establishing a gradually declining cap on statewide carbon dioxide emissions. However, there are a number of proposed changes such as providing certain exemptions to industrial companies.

Dr. DeLaquil performs energy system policy analyses on behalf of donors, governments and the private sector to identify optimal pathways for achieving economic development and combating climate change. He has also worked on the development of clean and renewable energy technologies.  He holds a Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering from MIT and has authored of over 90 papers, reports, and articles on solar and renewable energy including chapters in two books on renewable energy technology.

Scott Rosin will describe how 12% – 15% of the current waste stream in Oregon is comprised of plastic. In Lincoln County, most of the plastic collected is hauled to a landfill near Salem.  Rosin will discuss a promising process invented by a Scottish company which has been building roads where 6% to 15% of the bitumen in asphalt has been replaced with ground plastic, and discuss the potential for using waste plastic on Oregon roads.

Rosin is a former chair of the Newport Chapter of Surfrider Foundation, and is now Co-lead for Plastic Up-Cycling and serves on the board of directors of Recycling Advocates, a non-profit based in Portland.

For more information contact Martin Desmond, [email protected], (541) 968-5143.