It's hard as an activist to watch the legislation you support go through the Oregon Legislature. The Clean Energy Jobs bill should have sailed through the legislature last year! Instead it is going through the sausage making process once again.
Right now the bill is being amended. House Speaker Tina Kotek has proposed sawing the bill in half. The first half, putting a Cap on greenhouse gas emission, would pass this year. Next year, the legislature (or the Oregon DEQ) would pass the rest of it. For a great description see this PortlandTribune article.
Our partners RENEW OREGON and Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon (EMO) are asking us to step back and take a breath. Don't engage around this idea of splitting the bill, instead, let your legislator know the depth of your engagement. Let them know the importance Oregonians feel about Oregon being a part of the climate change solution.
The Action of the Week is to work with Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon partner as they put together Capitol actions:
Over the next two weeks EMO wants people to come to Salem to talk with legislators about their commitment to the Green Energy Jobs Bill. They believe this bill needs a continuous presence of Interfaith partners. EMO will coach and provide support. Can you go to Salem? Click here.
They are also looking for faith leaders to do walk-throughs in the Capitol, stopping by key legislative offices to let them know that people of faith are behind the Clean Energy Jobs bill. Faith leaders could come any time between now and Friday, March 2nd. Can you go to Salem? Click here.In Love and Faith,
Rev. Katie Larsell