Climate change is the single most dangerous issue facing humanity, but it also represents a huge opportunity to re-imagine our infrastructure and transform into a modern, clean energy economy. Oregon should be taking a lead on these issues. Investing in green technology is good for the environment, but will also create jobs and benefit our economy and our crumbling infrastructure.
As Executive Director of a nonprofit dedicated to social, economic, racial, and environmental justice, I have been working on environmental issues for the past fifteen years. My organization is a founding member of the Oregon Just Transition Alliance, which is a front line environmental justice organization led by people of color, immigrants, and refugees. We’ve worked on policy advocacy at the state level, advocating environmental policies such as clean energy, no LNG fracked gas, and Clean to Coal. I believe we can and should get to a 100% clean, non-carbon energy economy by 2050. Human life will have enough trouble dealing with the climate change we have already locked in with our past carbon emissions. It is time to stop those emissions, and work to reverse the trend.
In 2018, the Clean Energy Jobs Bill, which certainly was not a comprehensive solution, died in the legislature because there "wasn't enough time." And the session ended 8 days early. The clock is ticking on climate change, and we need relentless leaders willing to act now.