Oregon Capitol in spring, by Edmund Garman
Edmund Garman
To protect the Oregon we love, now is the time to act on climate change

The Oregon legislature is getting to work, and Oregon has a great opportunity to grow its clean energy economy.

The impacts that we knew would burden Oregon years in the future – droughts, wildfires, rising sea levels, and more – are already happening now. According to a recent Global Warming Commission report, Oregon is not even close to meeting our state climate goals for 2020.

While the federal government has started rolling back progress on climate change, Oregon can forge a better way! Urgent and bold action is needed to push forward solutions that curb our pollution and spur the transition to clean energy.

Oregon legislators need to hear from us that climate change is a priority.

At the state level, Oregon can limit climate pollution, invest in clean energy solutions, and improve transportation, making communities stronger, healthier, and more equitable. Legislators will only make these strategies a priority if people like you tell them that you want them to act. 

Big polluters have worked for decades to block progress. Please tell your elected officials in Oregon to stand up to big polluters like oil and gas companies.

Oregonians, please take action: Contact your state legislator now to demand action on climate and clean energy!

Author Bio

David Van't Hof

Senior Fellow, Climate Solutions

David is an attorney with his own policy and law practice in Portland Oregon. He focuses his practice in the areas of sustainability, clean technology, renewable energy and carbon regulation, drawing from his experience as Sustainability Policy Advisor to former Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski.  In that capacity, he led the state’s participation in the Western Climate Initiative and in developing the state’s nationally recognized climate change and renewable energy policies. David has served on numerous renewable energy and energy efficiency boards and works with others on a contract basis both providing legal and policy expertise.

David was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Senegal (1989-1991).  He earned his law degree (J.D., cum laude, 1994) from the University of Michigan Law School and his undergraduate degree (B.A. Philosophy 1988) from Trinity College, Hartford CT.

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