This message is from Our Climate and we forward it to you Unitarian Universalists for your action to support passage of the Clean Energy Jobs bill.
We're closer than ever before to getting the Clean Energy Jobs bill across the finish line. The bill passed out of two committees and is on to its final big hurdle: the full Ways and Means committee before it heads to the floor for a vote. This is huge news!
But our fight isn't over. Not even a little bit. The opposition led by the fossil fuel industry is getting desperate. They know we're close to winning and are proposing last-minute amendments to weaken the bill. Senator Betsy Johnson proposed an amendment (Amendment -102) that would effectively gut the bill by removing the investments for impacted communities, giving 100% free allowances to natural gas, weakening emission targets, and more. We can't let this happen.
Can you call your legislator today and tell them to support a strong Clean Energy Jobs bill? You can find your legislator's names and phone numbers here.
It is especially important that members of the Ways and Means Committee hear from us. If you are represented by any of the following members, please call them with the script below:
Senators: Sen. Steiner Hayward, Sen. Beyer, Sen. Frederick, and Sen. Roblan
Representatives: Rep. McLain, Rep. Gomberg, and Rep. Piluso
It's simple! All you have to say is, "Hello, my name is ____, and I'm one of your constituents. I'm calling today to ask that you support a strong House Bill 2020, also known as the Clean Energy Jobs bill, by rejecting amendment -102 which would weaken the bill tremendously. We ask that you send it to the floor as it isfor a vote right now. We can't wait any longer. Thank you!"
With your help, we'll get a strong Clean Energy Jobs bill over the finish line!
Northwest Field Coordinator
The Clean Energy Jobs bill (HB2020) is still being worked on in the Joint Committee on Carbon Reduction. There will be a Lobby Day in Salem on May 29 starting at 10:00 am.
All of the info you need to know is listed below. It is a bit lengthy, but all the details are provided:
PLEASE RSVP to ATTEND:
RSVP Link: https://act.myngp.com/Forms/3499860959931924480
Carpooling: We need carpool drivers! Please sign up to drive others here: Climate Day of Action Carpool Driver Sign Up
Climate Day of Action Schedule
10:00 - 10:30 - Check-in on the Oregon Capitol Steps, 900 Court St NE, Salem, OR 97301 Check in and grab your materials for the day. You’ll receive your legislator meeting time and program for the day. Continental breakfast and coffee will be provided.
10:20 - 10:50 - We’ll head to the House and Senate Gallery to show support for climate action.
11:00 - 11:30 am - After we are received on the House-Senate Floor, we’ll head to the Micah building, 600 State St, Salem, OR 97301, for a Tamale Lunch and training on what we need to emphasize during our legislator meetings.
Note: If you missed the morning check-in and visibility opportunity then you can still join legislative meetings and check in with Renew Oregon staff at the Micah Building until 11:00 am. If you are running late please contact Sonny Mehta, 971-678-5355, right away.
12:30 - 12:45 - After the training program and lunch we’ll depart from the Micah Building and head back to the Capitol Steps for a group picture before departing for meetings with legislators.
1:00 pm - Staff and volunteer leads will meet with groups of constituents with scheduled legislator meetings; Meeting 15 minutes before their meeting times outside of the Senate + House 2nd floor elevator banks.
1:00 pm - If you do not have a scheduled legislator meeting, then we will depart in groups to deliver letters and materials of support to all legislators and the Governor.
1:30 pm - Staff and volunteer leads will lead groups of constituents without scheduled legislator meetings to introduce themselves to their legislators.
4:00 pm - Last legislative meetings end. Please drop off any extra materials, name tags, legislative meeting report back forms to organizers.
Legislator Meetings - Renew Oregon Advocacy and Outreach Coordinator, Madison Daisy, will be scheduling legislator meetings. If you have any questions about your meeting time(s), please reach out to email@example.com. We will do our best to schedule meetings to end before 3:45 pm and prioritize earlier meetings with legislators from districts more than 60 miles away.
Legislator Meetings: We will be prioritizing meetings with Legislators on the Joint Ways and Means Committee. If you are not in a district with a scheduled meeting, then don’t worry! We will have groups of constituents take letters of support from farmers, newspaper op-eds, businesses, coalition organizations, and youth climate petitions to all Legislators and Governor Kate Brown and we can use your help showing support for passing the Clean Energy Jobs Bill, HB 2020 with the -84 amendment.
Things to remember: Please bring your clean energy jobs shirts and buttons! We’ll have extra shirts and stickers available in limited supply. Also, you should bring a reusable water bottle. We’ll do our very best to accommodate dietary restrictions, but make sure to bring snacks or food to keep you nourished throughout the day.
Where am I going? Morning check in will be at the Oregon State Capitol Steps, 900 Court St NE # S223, Salem, OR 97301
Lunch and training program will be at the Micah Building:
How am I getting there? Check the group carpooling app link for details. The app is where drivers and riders can find out who is in their vehicle/who is driving the carpool, confirm pick up and drop-off locations, and see passenger contact info in case they need to get in touch with someone in their group.
Carpooling: We need carpool drivers! Please sign up to drive others here: Climate Day of Action Carpool Driver Sign Up or using this link: http://bit.ly/ClimateDayOfActionCarpools
Click here for a list of alternative parking locations close to the Capitol and the cost to park for the day
What to Wear? Wear a Renew Oregon/OLCV t-shirt from a past Clean Energy Jobs Lobby Day. Also, Clean Energy Jobs Lobby Day buttons, stickers, and t-shirts will be available during check-in and registration on a first come, first come serve basis. So, be sure to be on time and arrive for check in early! Priority is given to those who confirm registration with organizers prior to the 5/29 Day of Action.
What if I need to update or change my RSVP? If you need to update, change or have special extenuating circumstances regarding your registration for lobby day please contact firstname.lastname@example.org right away.
PS: Want to become a Clean Energy Jobs expert now? Here’s everything you need to know!
The Oregon legislature just had an historic opportunity to pass the Clean Energy Jobs Bill and create a cap and trade system for reducing carbon pollution. Did they do it! NO.
The Clean Energy Jobs Bill was the one bill that Oregon Unitarian Universalist Voices for Justice focused on for this recent short legislative session. The news wasn't all bad though.
All that sounds like a great consolation price -- but isn't the same as passing the actual legislation. The Action of the Week is to send a message to your legislators. Let them know you are disappointed, and more important, YOU ARE WATCHING. Send a message here.
As Unitarian Universalists we are not necessarily more wise or more patient than anyone else. We are all subject to fits of gloom. Yet our faith calls us to protect the earth. The work means that we are constantly countering big powerful companies. We aren't always going to win. We need to stay constant and stay focused. When we don't succeed, we need to maintain hope.
In Love and Faith,
Rev. Katie Larsell
March 24 - Student led march inspired by the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shootings , March for our Lives, many locations around the country.
Printable PDFs of
Action of the Week here.