With your help, a Coal-free Oregon is possible
February 5, 2016

The problem:  Coal is the world’s largest contributor to climate change.  It powers one-third of the homes and businesses in Oregon, and is responsible for a quarter of Oregon’s climate pollution.

We have a solution. This month, the Oregon Legislature can make the decision to completely phase out coal, and to double the amount of renewable energy in our state’s power grid.

That’s an amazing opportunity—and we need your help to make it happen. 

Tell your legislator that you support going coal-free and doubling renewables in Oregon.

Oregon’s Clean Energy and Coal Transition Plan would set our utility sector on the path to meet aggressive greenhouse gas reduction goals by 2030, and give Oregon one of the cleanest electricity sectors in the world. Climate leadership from Oregon, combined with the federal Clean Power Plan and other state actions, will help shut more coal plants and discourage large new natural gas power plants.

New research shows that seven out of ten Oregonians support getting rid of coal and increasing renewables, including strong majorities in every congressional district in the state.

Our lawmakers need to hear that the Clean Electricity and Coal Transition Plan is a priority.  Voting decisions are happening now.  So please, email your legislator today—let’s get this transition going!

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Author Bio

Kristen Sheeran

former Oregon Director, Climate Solutions

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.

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