Climate Change: An Urgent Threat, But Also An Economic Opportunity
by Bill Kucha, Newport
This August, the Oregon Legislative Coastal Caucus holds its seventh annual Economic Summit in Lincoln City. The first day focuses on capping carbon and investing in a clean energy economy. I hope that Clean Energy Jobs will be identified as a key way to take action.
By passing Clean Energy Jobs in 2019, Oregon can become a national clean energy leader. The bill makes polluters pay for the climate pollution they pump into our air and water, cap the amount they can pollute, and invest the proceeds from the cap into clean energy solutions.
Already, Oregon is home to 48,000 clean energy jobs. The clean energy jobs industry offers employment at all skill levels, from construction workers, to engineers, designers, manufacturing workers, salespeople, secretaries, custodians and more. When Clean Energy Jobs becomes law, companies will increase their investment in the clean energy economy, and it will grow. The bill has specific provisions to make sure that rural communities like ours receive specific benefits to grow our economy and increase jobs in Lincoln County.
Climate change is one of the greatest threats of our time, but with that threat comes tremendous economic opportunity. I urge everyone attending the economic summit to commit to do their part to pass Clean Energy Jobs in 2019.
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