This summer, the effects of climate change have been obvious from coast to coast—hurricanes in the southeast; drought in the southwest; heat waves in the northeast; and, here in the northwest, a summer of widespread wildfires.
Historically, wildfires haven’t been a bad thing; in fact, they’ve played a big role in keeping our forests and grasslands healthy. But, because of climate change, today’s wildfires grow larger and last longer than their predecessors, and there’s a lot more of them.
Oregon used to average 549 wildfires per year, but in 2018 we have already had 841. For much of this summer, wildfire smoke coated our skies in a thick, gray haze. Oregon suffered some of the worst air quality in the world, surpassing notoriously polluted places like Beijing and Mexico City.
And this is just the beginning. In order to prevent the effects of climate change from spiraling out of control, we need to take action, and fast. That’s why it’s crucial that we pass the Clean Energy Jobs bill.
Proposed for the 2019 session, the Clean Energy Jobs bill would put a cap on greenhouse gas emissions and make big polluters pay for their greenhouse gas emissions. That money would support the growth of the green energy economy, including investments in renewable energy that would help create over 5,000 new jobs.
Next week, legislators are meeting to discuss priorities for the 2019 session. Tell your legislators that Clean Energy Jobs is our best bet in the fight against climate change. If we want clear, smoke-free skies, breathable air, and livable temperatures, we need to make Clean Energy Jobs a priority in the next legislative session