Rally at Oregon Capitol
Eric Stachon
Climate Emergency! Meet us in Salem

A majority of Oregonians support climate action, especially as our own communities experience impacts of the climate crisis—like the floods hurting Eastern Oregon right now and the more intense droughts and wildfires of the past several years. We cannot waste another year debating whether Oregon should step up and address this climate emergency. Now is the time to act!

RSVP for the Oregon Climate Emergency Day of Action
Tuesday, February 11th at 12:00pm (Salem, OR)

Last week, my colleague Zach reported that SB 1530, the cap-and-invest bill currently under consideration by Oregon lawmakers, was missing the mark on several key points. I'm pleased to report that the Senate unveiled an amendment this week that strengthens some of the key components of SB 1530. This policy will create a framework to achieve our state’s greenhouse gas targets that we can build upon, while investing in communities most impacted by climate change. However, opponents to climate action are still trying to weaken the legislation so we have to keep showing up and reminding our elected officials that we expect action.

Our state produces more global warming pollution than 116 countries who have committed to take major climate action under the Paris Climate Accords. What we do right now to address the climate crisis will have immediate benefits for us, while also ensuring that the Oregon we love will remain livable for future generations.

Author Bio

Meredith Connolly

Oregon Director, Climate Solutions

Meredith brings over a decade of climate policy experience to her work accelerating Oregon’s transition to a clean energy economy. She advocates for innovative and equitable policy solutions to reduce pollution and create clean energy jobs across the state. Currently, Meredith leads a team diligently working to electrify everything from cars, trucks, and buses to homes and buildings, and power it all with 100% clean electricity.

Prior to joining Climate Solutions, Meredith was a Climate and Energy Attorney for the Natural Resources Defense Council. At NRDC, she advanced renewable energy policies 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 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 family and rooting too loudly for the Portland Thorns and Timbers.

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