A U.S. non-profit organization dedicated to ridding the planet of excess carbon-dioxide has arisen in Lincoln County. 350.org representatives, including Waldport area resident Cyndi Karp and some of her associates, approached the Newport City Council Monday evening seeking their endorsement and support to develop an awareness of the extreme threat to the world and all living things on it posed by carbon dioxide and other by-products of fossil fuel use – either for transportation or generating electricity.
Karp and her anti-fossil fuel associates impressed upon the council that there is a very rapidly growing world-wide acknowledgement that time is running out as global temperatures are running up the thermometer. Karp emphasized that the inhabitants of Earth have only about 10 to 15 years to dramatically reduce green-house gases so that the Earth can begin to cool off.
But to save the planet Karp and others predict that every known green source of energy and those yet to come, will have to be used and created to power the Earth and and everyone on it. Solar, Wind, Nuclear, Geothermal, Wave Energy and other sources will have to be beefed up while oil wells and gas fields are capped.
Karp said her group is not asking for money for itself but rather to make money available for groups like hers that can get the word out across Lincoln County that energy change must happen – if only in the nick of time. Karp says her group will work with other emerging groups like the one fostered in Lincoln City as well as one emerging from the County Board of Commissioners. There are also two very determined groups in the Portland area that are gearing up. Karp says they seek government funds primarily to inform and educate the people of Lincoln County how critically important it is that they dramatically cut back on their use of any fuel or machinery that spews toxic carbon dioxide into the air. City Manager Spencer Nebel and Mayor Dean Sawyer seemed quite amenable to this initial approach to fighting climate change – from the grass roots. 350.org, the county and Lincoln City are expected to join forces and cooperate to ensure that Lincoln County pulls its weight to avert climate disaster on the only Earth we’ll ever know.
The Newport City Council entered “chapter two” it’s quest to find the “sweet spot” on vacation rental dwellings, or VRD’s as they’re referred to. The council Monday began organizing an oversight committee made up of city councilors, VRD owners, local residents and others, to monitor how VRDs are affecting Newport and how to lessen their impact on the quality of life in Newport. One major impact is transitioning normal housing in to VRDs leaving fewer and fewer dwellings for full time residents. And the ones that are still available demand a king’s ransom.
City councilors say the VRD oversight committee will monitor Newport’s attempt to create VRDs near the ocean and tourist attractions, especially in the Nye Beach area, South Beach and a few other spots – to try find that all elusive “balance” between VRDs and regular housing. Wish’em luck!
The council also learned that there’s a new 110 unit apartment complex planned for a spot on North 60th and Highway 101. It will be very close to the movie theater. Construction is expected to begin in the near future and ODOT has promised a new merge lane, bus stop, curb, gutters and sidewalks. Not all 110 units are expected to be priced as “affordable,” but a good many will be, we’re told.