Rally for clean energy jobs and a prosperous Oregon

More than 160 Oregonians from across the state turned out in Salem this week to show support for SB 557, the Clean Energy Jobs bill.

This bill would cap and price pollution, hold polluters accountable for the climate destabilizing pollution they pump into our air and water, and invest in solutions to help Oregon transition to a clean energy economy.

The day began with a rally on the capitol steps, followed by a press conference and then hearing of the Senate Committee on Environment and Natural Resources.

The crowd packed the hearing room (and two overflow rooms) – representing scientists, clean energy workers, environmentalists, youth concerned about the health of the planet, a wildland firefighter who has fought historic fires in three states, 30 people from Southern Oregon who drove hours just to be there, mayors and city councilors, health care providers, people of faith, and more.

“At a time when our state cannot count on the federal government to make climate progress for the next four years, Oregon’s innovative spirit and leadership are more needed than ever.” shared Jana Gastellum, Climate Program Director for OEC.

Wildland firefighter, Kelly Coughlin, summed up the urgency of acting on climate, and the unique threats firefighters face in the field due to harsher drought conditions.

“Years of warmer temperatures, lower snowpack, and bug-killed timber – due to climate change – all compound to create dangerous conditions for our firefighters,” said Coughlin. “At a time when we need firefighters more than ever, some may decide the job is just too dangerous.”

Oregon Environmental Council and many of our partners captured key moments on social media. Check out our Storify recap…

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