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When my family and partners chose to start A to Z Wineworks in Dundee, we knew we were choosing to invest in a special place. Oregon’s spirit of innovation, collaboration, hard work and healthy environment makes producing exceptional wines possible. We’re proud of this and market our wine as capturing the “The Essence of Oregon” in every bottle.
But that essence is exactly what is at risk if we don’t address climate change. Oregon’s renowned Pinot Noir wine – which makes up 60 percent of Oregon wine production and fully 70 percent of wine sales – is extremely temperature sensitive. Climate change will not only raise temperatures, but also bring more volatile weather, putting our industry at risk. We’re already experiencing hotter summer temperatures in our vineyard.Read more
As the mother of a two-year old boy with our second son on the way, I think about the future often. I think about how our family will continue to grow, and what kind of world my children will inherit. I don’t think it’s fair that our children should inherit the mistakes of previous generations, or pay the price in their adulthood for pollution happening today.
My son Charlie has asthma, and my heart aches when I see him suffer from respiratory infections or even just the common cold – both made worse by his asthma. I feel especially bad for children whose asthma is made worst simply by playing outside because air pollution is so bad. Our children are growing every day, and their lungs are especially vulnerable. Clean air is important for all, and especially important for children - especially those who already have respiratory conditions, like asthma.Read more
Oregon can show the nation how to power the future and organized electrical workers are just the people to help build it. Transitioning off of polluting fuels to renewable energy is the right thing to do for the health of our families and communities. Imagine all the opportunities for new jobs as we build up our solar and wind power, upgrade our buildings and transmission systems to utilize electricity more efficiently, and install new charging stations for zero-emission electric cars and trucks statewide.
Most people don’t realize it but Oregon gets a lot of electricity from coal-burning power plants. To achieve a clean energy economy, a great deal of transition in our current energy production needs to occur. Oregon workers, and particularly the IBEW and our labor partners, are positioned to be a driving force behind that change. We built the existing infrastructure and have the tools and knowledge to build the new clean technology infrastructure.Read more
Oregon is a beautiful place to live. As stewards of the its many resources, it's a priority to protect our environment, including the air. Healthy air for healthy lungs and breathing is a priority for the American Lung Association. We work for clean, healthy air in our communities for everyone to breathe, and we have more work to do. Our work continues today because air pollution still affects the lung health of Oregonians.
Most of us take breathing for granted. This isn’t the case for those suffering from lung diseases. For children with asthma and adults with respiratory diseases like COPD, chronic bronchitis and emphysema, each and every breath can be a struggle. Nearly 390,000 Oregonians suffer from asthma including 67,000 children. 466,000 Oregonians are at risk for serious lung conditions. We can and should do more to protect Oregonians from air pollution.Read more
Small Business Opportunities in a Transportation Transition
Jim Houser is not your typical small business owner. In his 30-plus years running a repair garage, he’s witnessed a subtle but substantial revolution: that of the automobile. “We work extensively on both domestic and imported vehicles,” Jim says. “I’ve seen the cars I work on become more energy-efficient as consumers embrace technological innovation.” And with that embrace, new opportunities are born - to increase employee knowledge and specialization, grow the business, specialize in new areas of the industry, and most notably, to offer more local jobs.Read more
I’ve lived in Portland for more than 50 years. I love this place and have been working to make it more livable since the 1960’s. I remember working on legislation for food and the environment as part of a citizen’s lobby group in 1971. Life was simpler then. We advocated for measures to help neighborhoods, families, to set aside natural areas. Now we are faced a major challenge because of all the carbon that’s been released into the atmosphere.Read more