laurie laurie, December 8, 2017
Good news!   Senator Jeff Merkley has issued an official statement taking a stand against the Pacific Connector Pipeline and Jordan Cover LNG Export Terminal project in southern Oregon! The position aligns with his efforts to introduce ground-breaking federal legislation mandating a just transition to 100% renewables by 2050 (https://www.merkley.senate.gov/100by50)
In Thursday’s Mail Tribune, Sen Merkley discusses his reasons for changing his mind, and concludes:

But I cannot turn away from the knowledge that, like other large-scale fossil fuel projects, Jordan Cove will contribute massively to pollution that is profoundly damaging our state and our world. Generations from now, our grandchildren will wonder why we continued to burn fossil fuels when the catastrophic consequences were so evident.

Thus, it becomes clear that we have to shift from building large-scale fossil fuel infrastructure, including Jordan Cove, and instead invest massively in building the enormous backlog of infrastructure projects that will improve our state and nation, not damage it.

http://www.mailtribune.com/opinion/20171207/guest-opinion-we-can-create-infrastructure-jobs-without-jeopardizing-our-future

This comes after years of relentless encouragement from fossil fuel resisters across the state at town halls, rallies and protests, and by phone calls, emails and visits to his offices.
A huge “Thank you!” Goes out to all of the 350 Eugene Volunteers who have helped Sen Merkley see the situation clearly!  We were persistent, and it has paid off.  Call the senator’s office today(541) 608-9102 or email here  https://www.merkley.senate.gov/contact, to thank him for taking this important public step!
Now, communities across our state need Governor Kate Brown to do her part to protect our climate, waterways, landowner rights, tribal lands, and public safety in the earthquake and tsunami zone along our coast.  (Her phone number is 503-378-4582).