Clean Energy Jobs (HB 2020): Written Testimony Guide
Providing personal testimony in support of Clean Energy Jobs is one of the most powerful ways you can let lawmakers know that the bill is important to you. It doesn’t have to be long or formal and you don’t have to be a policy expert--your heartfelt words in just a few paragraphs make a difference.
Things to know:
- Legislators really do read these! And all testimony submitted will become public record.
- Submit your testimony before Friday, March 8th at 5PM to firstname.lastname@example.org and CC your legislators! Not sure who they are? Look them up here: https://www.oregonlegislature.gov/FindYourLegislator/leg-districts.html
- Feel free to include affiliations, titles you may have, or what community you are part of
Address your testimony as follows --
Co-chairs Dembrow and Power, and members of the Joint Committee on Carbon Reduction,
Write 1-2 sentences to identify yourself, where you’re from, and that you are writing in support of HB 2020, the Clean Energy Jobs bill.
Remind lawmakers that this is a benefit to both our economy and climate.
Write 2-3 sentences on why you support HB 2020, the Clean Energy Jobs bill.
Weave in some of these messages:
- An independent economic study presented to the legislature in 2019 shows HB 2020 will benefit our economy. It will add to household income across all tax brackets because it will create more than 50,000 good-paying jobs and the transition to cleaner energy will lower costs for people and businesses.
- Oregon has the opportunity to lead and position our state to be a clean energy economic engine in the 21st century.
- The declining cap guarantees a reduction of around 2 million metric tons of pollution every year, the equivalent of taking 425,000 cars off the road.
Jobs and Investments
- Major investment will go to reduce pollution and grow opportunities for low-income and rural communities, tribes, communities of color, and for training workers in Oregon.
- Hundreds of millions of dollars per year in proceeds from Clean Energy Jobs will be reinvested in clean energy solutions -- putting Oregonians to work by making clean power like solar available to more people, improving energy efficiency in homes and businesses to save people money, building affordable housing near transit and investing in more transportation options.
It’s Working Elsewhere
- 10 states already have successful cap-and-invest programs running now. After years of experience, all of them have: growing economies, falling CO2 emissions, stable energy prices, and thousands of jobs created. Oregon should be next.
- Since cap-and-trade, California has outperformed Texas and the rest of the U.S. in manufacturing output, growing in real terms by 26%. California’s carbon price has also created good, union manufacturing jobs in the poorest parts of the state.
List why you are concerned about climate change and convey the urgency.
- Your personal story: Are you a parent or grandparent? Have you experienced Oregon’s climate change in your lifetime, or lived through Oregon’s most recent summers when the state was inundated with wildfire smoke?
- Urgency: Scientists agree we have 11 years to drastically reduce emissions if we want to avoid the most catastrophic impacts of climate change. Clean Energy Jobs is a policy that has been in the making for over a decade. We must act now and pass HB 2020 this year.
Sample Written Testimony:
Dear Co-chairs Dembrow and Power and members of the Joint Committee on Carbon Reduction,
My name is ______ and I live in ______. It's very important to me that you pass HB 2020, the Clean Energy Jobs bill. An independent economic study presented to the legislature in 2019 shows HB 2020 will benefit our economy. It will add to household income across all tax brackets, with the most going to low-income households because it will create thousands of good-paying jobs and the transition to cleaner energy will lower costs for people and businesses. One of the best parts of the bill is that it guarantees 2.2 million metric tons of pollution will be reduced every two years, this will help the environment and my personal health because I have asthma. Last summer, I wasn’t able to go outside during the extreme smoke caused by wildfires that are worsened by climate change. In 2017, wildfires caused Oregon to lose $51.5 million in visitor spending and the US Forest Service is now spending more than half its budget on fighting fires.
Last year a new report came out that shows we have 11 years to reduce emissions before our climate fate is sealed. I just had a baby and in 2030 they will be 11 years old. My child shouldn’t have to grow up in fear of climate change and deserves leaders that address this crisis. Please do everything in your power to protect their future. Passing the Clean Energy Jobs bill this year is an important first step.
A Concerned Oregonian.
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