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Two years since Paris; what next for Oregon?

Two years ago today in Paris, we made a historic commitment as a country and as nations around the world, uniting to address the climate crisis. Since that day, the need to limit global temperature rise by transitioning away from fossil fuels has only grown more urgent as climate change bears down on us in Oregon and around the world. 

That's why we need to renew our call to action now!

With the fossil fuel industry and their allies wielding powerful influence over our Congress, we need to accelerate the change and solutions here in the Northwest. We need to significantly reduce global warming pollution here at home – to take care of this collective place we hold dear, and also to show the world that a just transition from fossil fuels is possible. The Pacific Northwest and Oregon can lead and have a major impact here and beyond our borders.   

But that fossil fuel industry influence also runs deep in our state capitol. Our elected leaders head back to Salem soon after the holiday, and they need to hear from us that people in our state want real climate action.  

Make your voice heard today.

The Pacific Northwest is well positioned and prepared to quickly make a just transition to 100% clean energy. We can succeed by doing three things: (1) swiftly transition to clean, efficient energy powering our lives - we’re already more than two-thirds of the way there; (2) electrify as many energy uses for the built environment, industrial processes, and transportation as possible; and (3) decrease demand for energy and decarbonize our existing energy sources. 

This legislative session, we have the opportunity to advance real solutions. Your help is needed to make it happen.

The single biggest thing that we can do to make progress in Oregon is to pass the Clean Energy Jobs bill when the legislature meet in February. Passage would mean a significant step toward a vision of 100% Clean, by capping climate pollution and providing major investment into the rapid acceleration of more renewables, more energy efficiency, more solutions particularly in rural and urban communities most impacted by climate change.  

We have been working to limit and price climate pollution for more than a decade here in Oregon. We have never been closer to victory.  And we need your help.
 
We are proud of Oregon's history of innovation and ethic of responsibility. We can take care of our home and be a national and global leader in this transition. We have an urgent window of opportunity to halt the climate crisis. The time to act is now. 

Meredith Connolly's picture

Oregon Director

, Climate Solutions

Meredith develops, advocates for and implements clean energy and climate change policies and programs to accelerate Oregon’s transition to a clean energy, low-carbon economy.

Prior to joining Climate Solutions, she was a Climate and Energy Attorney for the Natural Resources Defense Council. In that capacity, she advanced policies for deploying renewable energy, creating clean energy jobs and increasing energy efficiency in the U.S. and internationally. She also implemented programs to protect public health and improve climate resilience to heat waves and air pollution in India’s growing cities. Before NRDC, Meredith practiced law in the private sector.

Meredith serves as a board member on the Portland Utility Board, and is a member of the Oregon and California State Bar Associations. She holds a JD from Boston College Law School and a Bachelor of Science in Political Science and French from Santa Clara University.

In her free time, Meredith enjoys exploring her incredible home state of Oregon with her husband and two kids, and rooting loudly as a member of the Portland Timbers Army.