Massive turnout energizes Capitol for Clean Energy Jobs

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More than 500 Oregonians from all over the state made it on Monday for an invigorating day of lobbying on behalf of the Clean Energy Jobs bill. People of all ages and different creeds met with their elected representatives and senators to advocate for our communities, our health and our shared economic prosperity.

A morning training included discussions about the bill with rousing speeches by House Majority Leader Representative Jennifer Williamson and Representatives Pam Marsh and Diego Hernandez. Participants then marched  ½ mile from the Willamette Heritage Center to the Capitol State Park–right across from the Capital, where we heard from Clean Energy Jobs champions, including Senators Michael Dembrow and Jay Manning Jr., Representatives Karin Power and Ken Helm, and Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs Tribal Council Representative Carina Miller. More inspiring voices came from Ramon Ramirez, a long-time advocate for Oregon farmworkers, and Jeremy Clark and Charlie Abrams, two internationally acclaimed student climate activists. The rally was solar powered with panels provided by Elemental Energy.

By the end of the day, Capitol staff buzzed about seeing more than 400 Clean Energy Job supporters all over the offices of our elected leaders. Rep. Jennifer Williamson, a 20-year veteran of Oregon politics, said the size of the group was the largest she’s seen for any issue during a Lobby Day. She praised the bill’s benefits and said it is ready to go.

For Oregon State University senior Tiga Evans, of Albany, the bill’s benefits mean potential employment after graduation, while doing good for mother earth. She’s ready to join clean energy sectors.

“It’s wonderful to be around like-minded people who are happy and care about the future, and they want to have clean air, clean water and everything healthy for the future,” she said. “Clean Energy Jobs should pass in 2018 because I’m going to be here for the next 65 years and I want to have clean energy and an earth that’s not polluted anymore.”

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