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HJL/CLIMATE SOLUTIONS
Support Portland, Multnomah's move towards divestment
September 23, 2015

My family and I call Portland home because we want to live in a place that strongly reflects our values. That’s why I am proud that both the City of Portland and Multnomah County will vote this Thursday on resolutions to ensure that City and County dollars are no longer invested in fossil fuel companies.

The measures will commit both governments to stop buying interests in the 200 largest and dirtiest coal, oil, and gas companies in the world. Portland and Multnomah County will join local governments, universities, and other major institutions across the country is standing up to the corporate polluters who threaten the viability of our planet and the wellbeing of our children with the message that polluting doesn’t pay.

Please join me in sending an email today to our elected officials in Portland and in Multnomah County asking them to align our public dollars with our public commitment to climate action by supporting the resolution. They need to hear that bold leadership on climate change matters and that our good money should not be invested in the fossil fuel companies standing in the way of climate progress.

Thank you for reaching out to our city and county commissioners today with your support. 

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Author Bio

Kristen Sheeran served as Oregon Director of Climate Solutions. Prior to her work with us, she served as the Vice President of Knowledge Systems at Ecotrust, leading a 15 member team including economists, policy specialists, data analysts, software developers, and GIS analysts. She is also the founder and executive director of the Economics for Equity and Environment Network, a network of more than 300 economists from across the country that are organized and committed to applying their expertise to inform climate and clean energy policy and advocacy.

Kristen has a doctorate in economics, and focused her dissertation on equity and efficiency in mitigating climate change. She was a professor of economics for 7 years at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, and has written and spoken extensively about climate change and clean energy.