Join Oregon's students in fighting to combat climate change. You'll find the letter we want to send below and we hope you'll support our actions and this message by signing it. 

To:

  • Governor Kate Brown
  • Speaker Tina Kotek
  • President Peter Courtney
  • Majority Leader Jennifer Williamson
  • Majority Leader Ginny Burdick

Oregonians are proud of our long tradition of protecting our clean air, drinkable water and natural beauty of our home. As a state, more than ever, we must rise to the occasion and be a shining beacon of leadership for climate protection.

It’s time for Oregon to transition from polluting energy to a clean energy economy. Our state is poised to reap the rewards of more jobs, clean air, and local, renewable energy if we limit and put a price on climate pollution and focus reinvestment in local communities. The threat of climate change to Oregon farmers, families and communities requires urgent action. As the only major nation not a part of the Paris Climate Agreement, it is up to the states to step up and show climate change is an urgent crisis and we as citizens will do something about it, even if the federal government does not.

We the students from universities and colleges across Oregon, declare our support for the Clean Energy Jobs bill. It will make Oregon a leader in the growing clean energy economy and climate protection by putting a cap on climate pollution statewide, a price on greenhouse gas emissions from the largest polluters, and investment back into our communities to generate good-paying jobs and build clean energy solutions.

The bill will raise hundreds of millions of dollars per year that will benefit communities across the state, putting Oregonians to work by making clean power like solar more accessible, improving energy efficiency in homes and businesses to save people money, building affordable housing near transit and investing in more transportation options. Proceeds will be allocated to Oregon’s most vulnerable communities to help train workers and create good jobs, apprenticeships, and benefits that can’t be outsourced.

We call on Governor Brown and Oregon legislators to act now to put Oregon on the right path. We can promote a prosperous economy while limiting pollution. We can protect Oregon for future generations while taking care of families today with good-paying jobs and clean air. We urge you to support and pass the Clean Energy Jobs bill.

 

Sincerely, the undersigned students of Oregon,

 

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