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ACTION ALERT! Support Clean Energy Jobs

October 24, 2017 / Sarah Andrews / Uncategorized

To:      All League Members and Oregonians
From: Norman Turrill, LWVOR President;
            Claudia Keith, LWVOR Climate Change Portfolio
 

Help Clean Energy Jobs (CEJ) Climate Change Legislation over the finish line in 2018.

The legislation would establish a program which will cap climate pollution, price all qualified greenhouse gas emissions under the cap, and invest the proceeds in clean energy, while addressing the needs of vulnerable communities and investing in training workers for new, growing opportunities in a clean energy economy.

LWVOR joined the Renew Oregon Campaign Coalition in 2015 to support legislation to price emissions. At the LWVUS Convention 2014, the following resolution was adopted by a large margin: “The LWVUS should support a price on carbon emissions that will increase in stages, as part of an overall program to improve energy efficiency and to replace fossil fuels with renewable energy, fast enough to avoid serious damage to the climate system.” LWVOR has supported legislation each session to reduce greenhouse gases. A CEJ bill is being worked on for the 2018 legislative session based on SB 1070 from the 2017 session. CEJ Legislative Work Groups have been meeting to improve that bill.

ACTION NEEDED: Hold a house party or attend a local rally on November 4th. Renew Oregon is planning a statewide DAY OF ACTION November 4. League members and/or local Leagues can support this Day of Action in a number of ways. Please consider hosting or co-hosting a house party (materials and statewide Facebook livestream are provided by Renew Oregon) and/or a Community Clean Energy Jobs campaign party.

We need your Support! Here are a few ways you can support the Clean Energy Jobs (CEJ) statewide campaign:

* First and foremost, Renew and LWVOR would like to encourage you to hold a house party. You can direct any questions or plans about house parties to Sonny Mehta with Renew, sonny@reneworegon.org. We hope to have a party in every county. Some groups are using larger spaces in their communities (churches, schools, libraries, etc.)

* Second, you can post on social media on November 4 (or any other day!) about Clean Energy Jobs using the attached social media toolkit.

* Third, you can attend the rally in Portland on November 4, 12 noon to 2 pm at the PCC Cascades campus student union building, 2nd floor. More rallies are being planned for Salem and Eugene as well as other communities.

* Fourth, please sign up for Renew Oregon emails to get the latest information.
The League of Women Voters believes that climate change is real and we all need to do our part to reduce greenhouse gases. We have joined Our Children’s Trust to require government to address this serious threat to our world. Here is one small way you can help. Host a CEJ house party on November 4th!

If you have any questions please contact LWVOR at lwvor@lwvor.org.

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