Join this dynamic group working with legislators and a statewide consortium to get carbon pricing legislation passed in Oregon.  The next attempt to pass this legislation will be during the 2019 session, but the time to prepare is now. Check the Events page for a schedule of when we meet.

Contact Linda Kelley for getting involved with this campaign. All are welcome!

earthspirits@comcast.net

 

2019 IS THE YEAR TO PASS THE CLEAN ENERGY JOBS BILL!

Show legislators massive support for the Clean Energy Jobs bill on Feb. 6th! Renew Oregon is planning a rally and then one-on-one meetings with legislators to give them the courage to stand up to polluting industry and pass a bill to make Oregon a leader in protecting the climate. If you would like to lobby, sign up through Renew Oregon. Complementary lunch.

ReNew Oregon Lobby Sign-up & RSVP here. We plan to have a bus for group transport if we have at least 50 people signed up. Please sign up soon and let us know if you’d like to get on the bus! The bus would leave at 8:15 from the parking lot at First United Christian Church 1476 Olive St. (at 13th).

If you prefer not to lobby, but would like to carpool to the rally, please contact Linda Kelley at earthspirits@comcast.net.

Clean Energy Bill 2018-current

The Clean Energy Jobs Bill did not pass in the 2018 session but it was not surprising as it is a complex bill and 2018 had only 6 weeks in session.  Much important progress was made to ensure it will pass next session.

Highlights from 2018:

  • The End of short session produced House Bill 4001 and Senate Bill 1507 that will provide a solid framework for further intersession work to create a final 2019 Bill.
  • Money was allocated to work on technical analysis. A Carbon Policy Office was funded as part of Department of Admin Services on assessing carbon sequestration potential of our forests and working lands and other opportunities in a bill. You can watch the report at the 12/13/18 meeting online
  • On February 12th 2018, Lobby Day, 500 people showed up in Salem to show support and demand action on the bill. This was apparently the largest turn out for Lobby Day to date. Oregon tribes signed onto the bill and were in Salem to show their support.
  • President Courtney had been unwilling to bring the bill to the floor for a vote without republican support. Lobby Day that included our 35’ “pipeline” that was repurposed to say President Courtney be a climate hero may have helped! President Courtney is now saying “don’t show up in 2019 unless you plan on passing a carbon reduction bill.”

bipartisan Joint Committee on Carbon Reduction co-chaired by President Courtney and Speaker Kotek has met monthly since May. Our statewide coalition has had a visible and strong presence at these meetings to signal public support and pressure to pass an effective bill. It also offered an opportunity to catch committee members after the meeting or schedule an office visit to advocate for specifics in a 2019 bill.

You can access the Joint Committee on Carbon Reduction meeting archives of 2018 through the following link on the Oregon Legislative Information System website. The 12,13,18 meeting has a good report from the Carbon Policy Office.

https://www.oregonlegislature.gov/citizen_engagement/Pages/Legislative-Video.aspx

AND NOW ONTO 2019!

The draft Bill for 2019 created by a four-person bipartisan subcommittee is due to drop January 28. The Committee on Carbon Reduction will meet again end of January – TBA. Please join us for future meetings; its fun and interesting!

Contact Linda at earthspirits@comcast.net or visit Sierra Club Many Rivers Meet Up site to get details on future visits and carpool info. CHECK 350 EUGENE’S EVENTS COLUMN FOR UPDATES!

We are in excellent position to get a good bill passed in the full 2019 session for 2021 implementation WITH YOUR HELP and advocacy.

Your legislators need to hear from you NOW.

Please call/email to support them and urge them forward!

How can you help?

Help build business support. More than 80 Eugene Businesses have joined the 500+ statewide who agree they support a Clean Energy future through legislation Any personal contacts you may have with local businesses would be helpful. You can send that information to Linda Kelley, campaign coordinator at earthspirits@comcast.net.

Educate: 12,000 Oregonians signed on to support the bill last year. We will continue to come to community events and offer education about the bill. PLEASE INVITE US TO YOUR EVENT!

In Salem: carpool with us to Salem to attend future Committee meetings; Check 350 website Events. Contact Linda at earthspirits@comcast.net or visit Sierra Club Many Rivers MeetUp site to get details on future visits.

Call/Email: Let your legislators know you support them in getting the bill passed and encourage them to keep a bill that is strong and not watered down.

Meetings: Join our Cap the Gasses meetings, as a general rule, we meet first and third Tuesdays  5:30-6:30 at First United Methodist Church 1376 Olive St. However, we will be meeting on January 22 this month-same time, 5:30-6:30 pm, Room 19.

Keep up to Date: Email Linda Kelley earthspirits@comcast.net to receive monthly updates on the status of the bill and related info if you are unable to attend meetings.

Our statewide coalition coordinated by ReNew Oregon is confident that if we keep up the pressure we will definitely get a good bill passed in the full 2019 Session.

https://www.reneworegon.org/clean_energy_jobs

OTHER RELATED UPDATES & MATERIALS

A-Engrossed SB 1507

HB4001 introduced 2018

HB 4001 and SB 1507 policy summary

CEJ – 2 pager V2(1)

Eugene_businesses 1-3-19

Outcomes Document

Legislative talking points