FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
OLCV Contact: Doug Moore, OLCV Executive Director
(503) 224-4011; email@example.com
Portland, OR – Only days since Congressman Schrader came out publicly as opposed to the budget resolution, thirteen state and local elected officials from his district have sent a letter asking him to change his mind. The elected officials include state legislators, city councilors, a Metro councilor, and a county commissioner. They represent areas across Congressman Schrader’s district from the suburbs of Portland to rural Clackamas County to our state capital to the Oregon coast.
In the letter, organized by the Oregon League of Conservation Voters, the elected leaders point to the devastating impacts we see from climate change right now on our communities and the importance of leadership at all levels of government so we can build back better. They acknowledge the progress made at the state and local levels here in Oregon, and ask for his help to bring the investments needed on clean energy, justice, and jobs.
“By opposing and actively trying to stop the investments we need on climate and environmental justice, Congressman Schrader is failing Oregon now and into our future,” said OLCV Executive Director Doug Moore. “The impacts of climate change are here; and the people of Congressman Schrader’s district are being hit hard, including just a year ago with some of the most destructive wildfires in Oregon’s history devastating a large part of his district. His refusal to do anything on climate is simply unacceptable.”
The letter asks Congressman Schrader to vote yes and swiftly pass the budget resolution and reconciliation package that will:
- Cut carbon pollution by at least half by 2030 and
- Put our nation on the path to 100% carbon-free energy powering our electricity grid and new cars, buses, and buildings by 2035;
- Deliver at least 40% of investment benefits to communities of color and low income communities that have borne the brunt of fossil fuel pollution;
- And harness our public lands and waters as part of climate solutions.
“At the state and local level, Oregon leaders are making strides to put us on a path toward a clean energy future with justice and equity centered,” the letter says. It continues, “It’s time for the federal government to join us by making the significant investments our communities need for clean energy, justice, and jobs.”