Salem, OR – Volunteers and environmental leaders from across the state arrived in Salem today for the OCN/OLCV lobby day – the Clean, Green Lobby Machine. From southern Oregon to Bend to Cave Junction to the Columbia Gorge, Oregonians converged to bring the attention of Oregon’s elected officials to the critical environmental priorities for this legislative session.
Even with the first real snow storm to hit Bend this year, volunteers and environmental leaders rallied the troops and brought more than 20 people from central Oregon. Kim Curley, a Bend resident and lobby day attendee said, “it was well worth the trip for a chance to be a part of this day; you could feel the energy throughout the Capitol. I can’t wait to come back.”
The volunteers came to voice their support for the OCN priorities laid out for this legislative session and to thank the legislators that voted to pass one of those priorities already this session – the Clean Fuels bill, SB 324. With the passage of this bill to continue Oregon’s Clean Fuels Program, it is clear our state is heading in the right direction in tackling the challenge of climate change. Today at the Oregon Capitol illustrated the desire for our state to keep moving in the right direction.
“There is widespread support throughout Oregon for significant climate legislation – like Senate Bill 477, the coal to clean power transition bill. The incredibly strong grassroots presence in the Capitol today is a powerful signal that it is time to say goodbye to dirty coal power and hello to clean energy,” said Doug Moore, OLCV Executive Director.
The other five current priorities include the coal to clean transition bill, SB 477/HB2729, a 21st century transportation package that includes more bike, ped, and transit, a bill that will better protect rural communities from aerial spraying of pesticides, reforming the Department of Fish and Wildlife to better serve its conservation mission, and protecting old-growth forests in the Elliott State Forest from clearcutting. You can read more about the OCN priorities by clicking here to visit the Oregon League of Conservation Voters Education Fund’s website.