Instead of an (irregularly) scheduled blog post, this is an URGENT action item for those of you who live in Portland!
UPDATED: see the bottom this post for more info!
Multnomah County and the City of Portland introduced resolutions to transition to 100% renewable energy sources by 2050. This is great news! In order to truly address climate change we need to move away from reliance on fossil fuels.
This resolution would be one of the best policies in the country – 25 cities have made such resolutions. However, in order to make this possible, it is important that there is a clear definition of what is and what is not “renewable energy”. These resolutions are always challenged by the fossil fuel industry, and just in the last few days one of the most critical clauses was deleted from the proposed resolutions – the definition of renewable energy. You know, the MOST IMPORTANT definition.
This clause disappeared:
WHEREAS “renewable energy” specifically excludes energy derived from fossil fuels, nuclear, non-residential biomass, incineration of municipal and medical waste, and any large-scale future hydroelectric development;”
But it’s not too late! According to the Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility, “It is very possible that with enough positive and encouraging calls from concerned Portlanders, we will move our elected leaders to reclaim this significant safeguard in strong resolutions for health and climate justice.”
That’s where you come in! By Monday, May 22 at 12:00 Noon, please call our City Council, and Commissioners and urge them to add this language back in!
Below are the numbers to call and here is a pdf of a sample script you can use to call. Go for it! You can do it! It only takes a few minutes. It might be scary to call your elected officials but it’s easier than you might think.
Mayor Ted Wheeler: 503-823-4120
Commissioner Chloe Eudaly: 503-823-4682
Commissioner Amanda Fritz: 503-823-3008
Chair Deborah Kafoury: 503-988-3308
Commissioner Sharon Meieran: 503-988-5220
Commissioner Jessica Vega Pederson: 503-988-5217
And because I am not above bribing there is a BONUS! If you call three or more of our elected officials and post a comment about your experience I will enter you in a raffle to win a zero waste kit made by yours truly.
UPDATE 5/19: I made my calls this morning and here is what I found: I left a message on the machine for Mayor Wheeler using the script in my post.
I talked with a staff person from Chloe Eudaly’s office who tallied my call and encouraged me to attend the hearing on June 1, as it is most helpful when we show up personally to support the resolution.
I briefly talked with staff of Commissioner Fritz, Mult Co Chair Kafoury, and Commissioner Meieran, who took down my name and my statement (I shortened it to “please add the definition of renewable energy back to the resolution”) and left a message on the machine for Commissioner Vega Pederson.
Total time to make all 6 calls: 13 minutes.
I’ll be posting information about the June 1 hearing so you can join me!