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What the 2020 Presidential Election Means for Ocean and Climate Policies in Oregon

Representatives from the environmental policy, business, and community interests are available for post-election comment on the impact of the 2020 elections on climate, environmental and ocean issues, from fossil fuel projects like Jordan Cove LNG facility in Coos Bay to the federal offshore drilling plan. The experts below will share perspectives and analysis of what the Presidential election outcome holds for Oregon’s transition to a clean energy economy, state-level climate plans and the health of our coastal communities. Their stories and analysis can inform election-impact coverage for your media market.

Charlie Plybon, Oregon Policy Manager, Surfrider Foundation, South Beach: Mr. Plybon can speak to coastal efforts to block the Trump Administration’s offshore oil and gas drilling plan and other ocean protection efforts, including NOAA and climate resilience funding, as well as the Jordan Cove LNG facility. cplybon@surfrider.org, (541) 961-8143
Laura Anderson, Local Ocean Seafoods, restaurant and market owner, Newport: Ms. Anderson can speak to the importance of a healthy ocean and coast to the health of her business and how strong marine protection and climate policies support businesses, especially important as you emerge post-pandemic. laura@localocean.net, (541) 961-2524
Mike Graybill, retired, former manager of the South Slough National Marine Research Estuary, Coos Bay. Mr. Graybill can comment on LNG and the CZMA authority dynamics between the state and federal government, as well as the erosion of state’s authority for environmental review of energy projects or, conversely, retention of authority to review and reject projects. mhodbill@gmail.com, (541) 294-8235
Meredith Connolly, Oregon Director, Climate Solutions, Portland: Ms. Connolly can comment on regional climate and clean energy implications of the election, and what’s next for climate action in Oregon. meredith.connolly@climatesolutions.org, (503) 881-7991
Nora Apter, Climate Program Director, Oregon Environmental Council, Portland: Ms. Apter can speak to election implications for a sustainable post-COVID economic recovery and a transition to a clean energy economy in Oregon. noraa@oeconline.org, (971) 275-6179

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