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May 30, 2019: Climate Legislation: It's a Critical Time and Your Voice is NEEDED!
ACTION ALERT! Climate Legislation: HB 2020 A
It’s a Critical Time and Your Voice is NEEDED!
 
Date:   May 30, 2019
To:       All League Members and Oregonians
From:  Claudia Keith, LWVOR Climate Portfolio and Norman Turrill, LWVOR President
 
CONTACT ALL LEGISLATORS on The Joint Committee on Ways and Means to SUPPORT HB 2020 A. 
 
Take Action: Tell the Ways and Means committee to pass the Clean Energy Jobs HB 2020 A bill. W&M Committee members are under pressure to reverse or water down the -94 amendments. Please email all legislative committee members by June 4. Email addresses are below.
 
The Clean Energy Jobs bill will put a cap on carbon pollution, holding industry accountable while investing in clean energy for the community. Improved public transit, walkable neighborhoods, and affordable housing will help Oregon transition to a low-carbon lifestyle, while new renewable energy infrastructure like solar panels and wind turbines will create thousands of good-paying jobs. Investments will be directed first toward the communities most affected by climate change, including communities of color, low-income communities, and rural communities.
 
Subject line:   “Thank you for supporting HB 2020 A” 
                        or “As an Oregonian, I support HB 2020 A” 
 
Messaging for emails: Put the message in your own words; your email can be short. You can copy and paste the same personal message for all members of the committee, but please address and send the email to each legislator individually. Identify yourself with your address, but emphasize that you are an Oregonian, and this is important Oregon legislation.
  • Please continue to include fossil fuel natural gas and waste incineration in the industries regulated by the bill.
  • The Covanta trash incinerator burns plastics and medical waste and emits a mix of heavy metals and other pollutants. We urge you to hold them accountable by keeping them under the cap, as you have done in the -94 amendments. This is a very critical step to move us towards climate solutions.
  • Please continue including the super pollutant F-gases from semiconductor manufacturing as emissions covered by the bill.
  • F-gases are 7,000 to 23,000 times more potent than CO2 as greenhouse gases. It is critical that we require mitigation of their effect.
  • The emergency clause is essential to this bill. Climate change caused by excessive greenhouse gas emissions is the most significant emergency of our time. Recently at the LWVOR May 19 Convention a Climate Emergency Declaration Resolution was passed unanimously.
  • Please keep the specific percentage distributions from the Climate Investment Fund identified in -94 in the bill: 40% will go to impacted communities and 10% to tribes. Oregon communities that suffer the biggest impact from the warming we already experience must get the most relief.
Thank you for adding your voice! For more information, contact Claudia Keith, LWVOR Climate Portfolio at cakeith1@yahoo.com.
 
HB 2020 A (was HB 2020 -94)
 
Joint Ways and Means Committee
 
Co-Chair           Senator Betsy Johnson
Co-Chair           Senator Elizabeth Steiner Hayward
Co-Chair           Representative Dan Rayfield
Co-Vice Chair   Senator Jackie Winters
Co-Vice Chair   Representative Greg Smith
Member            Senator Lee Beyer
Member            Senator Lew Frederick
Member            Senator Fred Girod
Member            Senator Bill Hansell
Member            Senator Dallas Heard
Member            Senator James Manning Jr.
Member            Senator Arnie Roblan
Member            Senator Chuck Thomsen
Member            Senator Rob Wagner
Member            Representative Paul Holvey
Member            Representative Susan McLain
Member            Representative Mike McLane
Member            Representative Rob Nosse
Member            Representative Carla Piluso
Member            Representative Duane Stark
 
 
April 9, 2019: Climate Legislation: HB 2020 -31 IT’S HEATING UP!

ACTION ALERT!  Climate Legislation:  HB 2020 -31  IT’S HEATING UP!

Date:   April 9, 2019
To:       All League Members and Oregonians
From:  Julie Chapman, LWVOR Climate Portfolio and Norman Turrill, LWVOR President

CONTACT ALL LEGISLATORS ON THE JOINT COMMITTEE ON CARBON REDUCTION TO SUPPORT HB 2020 -31. Email addresses are below.

The Joint Committee on Carbon Reduction (JCCR) recently introduced an improved version of the climate bill, HB 2020 -31. Committee members are under pressure to reverse or water down the amendments, particularly those regulating pollution from waste incineration and fluorinated gases. Please email committee members by April 15.

Subject line: “The -31 amendments strengthened HB 2020” or “Thank you for supporting HB 2020 -31” or “As an Oregonian, I support HB 2020 -31” or …

Messaging for emails: Put the message in your own words; your email can be short. You can copy and paste the same personal message for all members of the committee, but please address and send the email to each legislator individually. Identify yourself with your address, but emphasize that you are an Oregonian, and this is important Oregon legislation.

  • Thank you for including waste incineration in the industries regulated by the bill.
  • The Covanta trash incinerator burns plastics and medical waste and emits a mix of heavy metals and other pollutants. We urge you to hold them accountable by keeping them under the cap, as you have done in the -31 amendments. This is a critical step to move us towards climate solutions.
  • Thank you for now including the super pollutant F-gases from semiconductor manufacturing as emissions covered by the bill.
  • F-gases are 7,000 to 23,000 times more potent than CO2 as greenhouse gases. It is critical that we require mitigation of their effect.
  • The -31 amendment ends an exemption for the F-gases used in semiconductor manufacturing, placing F-gases under the cap from the beginning of the program. Please pass the -31 amendments and keep these polluters in the program.
  • The F-gases account for 1/5th of the total greenhouse gas impact of all other Oregon manufacturers covered under the Oregon Climate Action Program. It is critical that we require mitigation of their effects.
  • The emergency clause is essential to this bill. Climate change caused by excessive greenhouse gas emissions is the most significant emergency of our time.
  • Please keep the specific percentage distributions from the Climate Investment Fund identified in -31 in the bill: 40% will go to impacted communities and 10% to tribes. Oregon communities that suffer the biggest impact from the warming we already experience must get the most relief.

Thank you for adding your voice! For more information, contact Julie Chapman, LWVOR Climate Portfolio member juliebchap@gmail.com or ph. 503-415-9715.

Amendments HB 2020 -31: https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2019R1/Downloads/CommitteeMeetingDocument/187693
Original HB 2020: https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2019R1/Downloads/MeasureDocument/HB2020/Introduced
Additional F-gas information from EPA website: https://www.epa.gov/ghgemissions/overview-greenhouse-gases

Democratic Members of Joint Committee on Carbon Reduction –
Co-Chairs: sen.MichaelDembrow@oregonlegislature.gov rep.KarinPower@oregonlegislature.gov
Committee members: sen.LeeBeyer@oregonlegislature.gov sen.JeffGolden@oregonlegislature.gov sen.kathleentaylor@oregonlegislature.gov rep.kenhelm@oregonlegislature.gov rep.JohnLively@oregonlegislature.gov rep.PamMarsh@oregonlegislature.gov  

Republicans Members of the JCCR Committee:
Co-Vice Chairs: sen.CliffBentz@oregonlegislature.gov rep.DavidBrockSmith@oregonlegislature.gov
Committee members: sen.FredGirod@oregonlegislature.gov sen.AlanOlsen@oregonlegislature.gov rep.DanielBonham@oregonlegislature.gov rep.ShellyBoshartDavis@oregonlegislature.gov

April 1, 2019: Support SB 870, National Popular Vote
Date: April 1, 2019
To: All League Members and Oregonians
From: Norman Turrill, LWVOR President
Marge Easley, NPV Portfolio Chair
 

URGENT ACTION NEEDED CONTACT YOUR SENATOR TO URGE SUPPORT FOR NATIONAL POPULAR VOTE (NPV) Success is within reach to make Oregon the next state to join the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact. SB 870 will be heard in the Senate Rules Committee on April 3 at 1pm. This is the same bill that has passed the House four times in recent sessions, only to be blocked in the Senate each time. Fourteen jurisdictions with 184 electoral votes have already passed the bill. Eighty-six votes are needed before the Compact goes into effect. Please email your state senator as soon as possible to urge support for SB 870. Here are a few helpful talking points:

  • The League’s national position states that “the direct-popular-vote method for electing the President and Vice President is essential to representative democracy.” The National Popular Vote Interstate Compact provides an excellent pathway to achieve this goal.
  • The Electoral College in its current form creates an unfair system and damages public trust in U.S. elections. If left in place, our country will continue to have a system in which votes in some states are worth more than votes in others.
  • Winner-take-all laws were passed by most states during the 1800s and were never envisioned by the founding fathers. The result of winner-take-all laws is that presidential campaigns only pay attention to the 11 swing states. Voters in non-swing states tend to feel that their votes don’t matter, so some decide not to vote at all.
  • NPV allows all votes to be counted equally, no matter where they are in the country. Under NPV, urban areas would not hold more sway than rural areas, since the combined population of the 100 biggest cities is about one-sixth of the population, roughly the same as the population of rural America.
  • The candidate with the most votes wins in every other election in the country. The U.S. is the ONLY practicing democracy where the candidate with the most votes is not assured of being chosen the national leader. Polls have shown for decades that more than 70% of voters, in both major parties, have felt that the candidate with the most popular votes should be the winner.

We appreciate your immediate action on this issue. You can find your senator’s contact information here. Also, please consider attending this historic hearing to demonstrate a strong show of League support. For more information, contact Marge Easley, NPV Portfolio Chair, marge.easley@frontier.com.

February 27, 2019: Support SB 870, National Popular Vote
Date: Feb 27, 2019
To: All League Members and Oregonians
From: Norman Turrill, LWVOR President
Marge Easley, NPV Portfolio Chair
 

Contact your legislators immediately to urge support of SB 870, National Popular Vote. SB 870, the Senate version of the National Popular Vote Bill, was introduced on February 25 with an unprecedented 40 sponsors and 8 chief sponsors. This is the same bill that has been blocked by Senate leadership after passage in the House four times in recent sessions. However, we are very hopeful that this year will be different. NPV supporters have just been told that Senate President Courtney and Senator Ginny Burdick are finally willing to allow a Senate vote on the NPV bill this session. It is important that legislators hear from as many constituents as possible that support for NPV is high. Please call or email your state legislators as soon as possible to urge support for SB 870. It is particularly important to convey to Republican legislators that NPV does not favor one party or the other or favor urban areas over rural areas. Misconceptions about NPV abound, so it is our job to counter these misconceptions with facts. The bottom line is that every voter deserves to have his/her vote count equally, no matter where that vote is cast. Here are some talking points to help:

  • The Electoral College in its current form creates an unfair system and damages public trust in U.S. elections. It allows voters in some states to have more voting power than others. NPV will ensure that every vote in every state has equal weight.
  • Our founding fathers chose the elector system for reasons that are no longer applicable—to ensure that the President wasn’t selected by uneducated commoners and to appease slave states by counting slaves (3/5 of a person) in their population totals. Today’s Electoral College system is a result of decades of change brought about by increasingly powerful political parties, as well as winner-take-all state laws. These changes were never envisioned by the founding fathers.
  • The argument that the current Electoral College protects the interests of smaller states is not valid. In fact, the winner-take-all aspect of the Electoral College gives outsized power to 11 swing states (Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Wisconsin), where the two major political parties have similar levels of voter support. The others, including Oregon, are written off as the province of one party or the other before the first primary votes are even cast and receive scant campaign attention. It is easy to see why voters in non-swing states come to believe their votes don’t really matter.
  • The candidate with the most votes wins in every other election in the country. Also, the U.S. is the ONLY practicing democracy where the candidate with the most votes is not assured of being chosen the national leader. A 2018 CNN poll showed that two-thirds of voters prefer a popular vote for president over a continuation of the Electoral College.
  • The National Popular Vote (NPV) Interstate Compact does not change the Constitution or abolish the Electoral College. It is an agreement among participating states to pledge their electors’ votes to the candidate who receives the most popular votes in the country. It takes effect as soon as the NPV bill is enacted by states possessing enough electoral votes to reach the threshold of 270 (out of 538), the number needed to elect a President. This bill has already been enacted by 12 jurisdictions possessing 172 electoral votes, and it awaits the Governor’s signature in Colorado (9 electoral votes). New Mexico (5 electoral votes) is also on track to pass it this year.

More talking points can be found on this updated League information sheet on NPV. We appreciate your immediate action on this issue. You can find your legislators’ contact information here. For more information, contact Marge Easley, NPV Portfolio Chair, marge.easley@frontier.com.

February 15, 2019: Support Oregon Climate Action Program

ACTION ALERT! Oregon Climate Action Program

Date: Feb 15, 2019
To: All League Members and Oregonians
From: Norman Turrill, LWVOR President Claudia Keith, LWVOR Climate Change Portfolio

Your Voice is Critically Needed! Please plan to join Oregonians at one of these recently scheduled Legislative Joint Committee Carbon Reduction (JCCR) public hearings planned for all over the state. The Oregon Climate Action Program (OCAP), HB 2020, is the cap and invest legislative bill that, during previous sessions, was referred to as ‘Clean Energy Jobs’. HB 2020 is designed to cap and steadily reduce the state’s greenhouse emissions over the next 30 years and makes investments in projects that further help move us away from fossil fuels to the benefit of Oregonians across the state.

Please take action to create a strong and effective Oregon Climate Action Program. The bill has three major components: * CAP: A limit on climate pollution from the largest emitters in our state. The cap will be lowered each year to guarantee less pollution, as scientists have demanded we need.

* PRICE: To hold large polluters accountable and encourage them to use clean energy and do more efficiency, they will pay for each ton of pollution they put into our air.
* INVEST: Proceeds will be reinvested in communities across the state, putting Oregonians to work by making clean power, like solar, available to more people; upgrading homes and businesses to save energy and money; providing more transportation options; preventing wildfire; and protecting against drought. Investments must be guaranteed to low-income, communities of color, Tribes and rural communities to ensure they benefit from clean energy and are protected against climate impacts. Plan to attend and testify at one of the following JCCR Legislative public hearings or community meetings. Do invite friends and consider carpooling.

Public Hearings:
Capital Building, Salem, OR Friday Feb 15, 1:00-3:00 pm Monday Feb 18, 5:00-7:30 or 8 pm
Springfield City Hall, Council Chamber, 225 Fifth Street, Springfield, OR Friday Feb 22, 12 pm-3 pm
Central Medford High School auditorium, 815 South Oakdale Avenue, Medford, OR Saturday Feb 23, 9 am-12 pm
Baker City and Newport (remote testimony): Monday, February 25 – Live video feed to the Capitol from: -Baker County Fairgrounds, Event Center, 2600 East Street (5-6 pm) 
Oregon State University – Lincoln County Extension, Thompson Conference Room First Floor, 1211 SE Bay Boulevard (6-7 pm)
The Dalles Civic Auditorium, Community Room, 323, East 4th Street, The Dalles, OR Friday, March 1, 12 pm-3 pm
Central Oregon Community College, Cascade Hall, Room 246-248, 2600 NW College Way, Bend, OR Saturday, March 2, 9 am-12 pm

Your Voice is Critically Needed! If these JCCR meetings are not in your local area then please consider attending your House and Senate district legislators’ locally scheduled townhall meetings in your communities. Additionally, you are encouraged to call or write your legislators (contact your legislators.) League testimony was submitted in support of HB 2020 and was posted to OLIS today. Questions, contact Claudia Keith at ca.keith@comcast.net. League of Women Voters of Oregon 1330 12th ST SE Suite 200 Salem, OR 97302 lwvor@lwvor.org 503-581-5722

February 1, 2019: Support Clean Energy Jobs
To: All League Members and Oregonians
From: Norman Turrill, LWVOR President
Claudia Keith, LWVOR Climate Change Portfolio
 
We expect the Clean Energy Jobs cap and invest bill to be released this week. The Joint Committee on Carbon Reduction will review the bill February 1st. You will be able to find the bill on OLIS or refer to LWVOR Legislative Reports for updates.
 
Please take action to create a strong and effective cap and invest bill.
 
1. Register for LOBBY DAY February 6th: Register here. Elsinore Theater, 170 High Street, Salem.
 
What to expect:
 
9:00 AM Check-in, continental breakfast (if you register by Feb. 1), training, meet your Lobby Leader and other constituents in your district. Morning meetings with legislators. Noon: Rally on the Capitol steps. Lunch (if you register by Feb. 1st). Afternoon: Meetings with your Senator and Representative. Carpool home.
 
2. Attend a Joint Committee on Carbon Reductions meeting. The Committee meets Fridays from 1 – 3 PM and Mondays from 5 – 8 PM at the State Capitol, 900 Court Street NE, Salem. Hearing Room F.
 
  • Reading of the bill February 1st: State Capitol in Hearing Room F from 1 – 3 PM.
  • Public Testimony: Expected schedule February 8th from 1 – 3 PM and February 11th from 5 -8 PM.
  • Carpools to Salem are being arranged. We need to show our support for a strong bill by filling the room. It’s great to see our legislative process in person.
  • You can watch remotely on OLIS. If you do, please send a follow up email to the members of the committee so they know you were there.
3. Call your legislator on February 1st.
 
The League asks that you let your legislator know the urgent need to address meaningful Climate policy is now.
 
ACTION NEEDED, we need you to contact your legislators.
Visit your legislators in the next week. If that’s not possible, then make a phone call and or write a personal email or letter. You can find your legislators’ contact information here. Call whether you can attend Lobby Day or not:
 
Not Going: I’m sorry that I cannot meet with you on February 6th for the Clean Energy Jobs Lobby Day. I want to encourage you to support a strong bill that will cap carbon and put a price on emissions. We need to invest in clean renewable energy for Oregon’s economy and to reduce greenhouse gases in our atmosphere.
 
GOING: On Feb. 6th, join many community folks from all over the state working for a strong bill that will cap carbon, reduce greenhouse gases in our atmosphere, and address equity issues.
 
For more information, contact Claudia Keith, Climate Change Portfolio Chair, ca.keith@comcast.net