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Eugene Weekly LTE – January 18, 2018
A FUTURE TO BELIEVE IN
Imagine: The next breakthrough in clean, renewable energy could be formulating in the minds of a Lane County high schooler right now. What can we do to foster that idea and bring it to reality?
The Clean Energy Jobs Bill to be considered in the legislative short session is a recognition of the increasing risks climate change represents. Lane County will experience more fires, reduced snowpack, drought and other severe weather events like the ice storm as global temperatures continue to increase. The impacts of climate change can no longer be ignored, the solutions no longer delayed. Now is the time to act.
With proper planning and preparation, Lane County can position itself as a leader in Oregon for clean-energy technology and infrastructure. A trained workforce is essential to maximizing impact in a clean energy economy.
Students in our high schools should be prepared for these jobs and for higher education programs at community colleges and universities. No high-school graduate should have to go to California to gain the skills for building energy efficient housing, installing solar and wind energy projects, and how to utilize our timber and agriculture lands as a sustainable, carbon sequestering force against climate change.
We envision Oregon leading the way in green energy jobs, in being prepared for and recovering from increased fires, drought conditions and changing rain patterns. With the best-educated and trained workforce and investments in clean energy jobs, we can assure a bright future for our children and grandchildren.
Candidate for East Lane County Commissioner
Register Guard LTE – January 19, 2018
Clean Energy would benefit Oregon
Last summer, Oregon had significant wildfires that affected air quality and threatened many homes, farms and businesses. Dense smoke affected my family and neighbors along the McKenzie River. Many lives were turned upside down. Wildfire smoke is dangerous for people with respiratory conditions like asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, as well as heart disease.
Lane County will experience more fires, reduced snowpack, drought and other severe weather events, like the 2015 ice storm, as global temperatures continue to increase. The impacts of climate change can no longer be ignored; the solutions can no longer delayed. Now is the time to act.
After numerous hearings and work sessions, we are ready for legislation that would reduce greenhouse gases, boost clean energy jobs for Oregonians, and end fossil fuel dependence.
The Clean Energy Jobs Bill does just that, with a cap-and-invest strategy that targets major carbon pollution emitters and invests substantially in climate resilience projects in affected rural communities like ours.
With proper planning and preparation, the dollars distributed to Lane County’s forestry, range, coastal and agricultural lands will give us a tremendous opportunity to lead the state with carbon sequestration efforts and reducing the effects of greenhouse gases.
JAMES BARBER, CANDIDATE
EAST LANE COUNTY COMMISSIONER