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Free day at the Pacific Maritime Heritage Center!!!!

In Conjunction with Newport Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Loyalty Day Celebration on Saturday May 7, the Pacific Maritime Heritage Center (PMHC) is hosting a free admission day for the public with some very fun public program opportunities.
From 10 am – 3 PM  we are a host site for the 3rd Annual History Slam event that Celebrates Local History Along the Pacific Coast. The event is sponsored by the Monterey Public Library and Museums, Western Flyer Foundation and the Cannery Row Company.  The public is invited to come into the Pacific Maritime Heritage Center’s Doefler Family Theater and view the 17 short presentations that will be broadcast that day. The presentations include Newport’s own Master Chief USCG Retired, Tom McAdams (at 2:30 in the line up of presentations).
At 3:30 PM the 2022 Loyalty Day Princesses will present their speeches inside the PMHC’s Doerfler Family Theater.
In Conjunction with the Blessing of the Fleet which starts at 2 PM at Dock 5 on Newport’s Bayfront right across the street from the PMHC. From 4-6 PM the Fisherman’s Wives will be serving their annual free BBQ from the PMHC. Food is available to go or eat onsite inside the PMHC. 
At 7 PM there is a Candlelight Memorial at the Fisherman’s Memorial at the Yaquina Bay State Park.
The Pacific Maritime Heritage Center is one of five historic buildings governed by the Lincoln County Historical Society. The PMHC is located at 333 SE Bay Blvd, Newport, Oregon. Limited free parking is available on site. For more information: oregoncoasthistory.org, facebook, instagram and youtube.
Please confirm receipt of this email.
Susan MG Tissot
Executive Director, Lincoln County Historical Society
545 SW 9th Street – Newport, OR 97365– (541) 265-7509

Newport High School Sends Delegates to Florida for Special Olympics USA Games in Florida

Lillibelle and Annabeth Bassignthwaite, Harley Lyberis, and NHS Teacher Jill Sellers.

NHS will be representing the State of Oregon at the Special Olympics USA Games this June. Students Lillibelle and Annabeth Bassingthwaite are part of the Youth Leadership Experience with NHS Teacher Jill Sellers and Harley Lyberis is on the Athletic Team. The group will be flying out of Hillsboro with the support of Peyton Manning and the Special Olympics Airlift. Please visit the fundraising pages if you would like to support our delegates!

Walter Chuck for Lincoln County Commissioner

Walter Chuck for Lincoln County Commissioner
I first met Walter Chuck while he was advocating for recreational fishing and I was serving on the state Ocean Policy Advisory Council (OPAC).  It was a number of years ago and during the time that OPAC was conducting outreach to determine recommendations for a limited system of marine reserves in state waters, at the request of the Governor’s office.
It didn’t take me long to realize that Walter’s approach to issues was one of thoughtful and measured consideration.  That approach to issues continued when he was elected as a Port of Newport Commissioner and later when he served as a member and then chair of OPAC.
I have no doubt that if Walter is elected as a County Commissioner, he will bring that same thoughtful and measured approach to the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners.  That type of leadership and decisionmaking approach is needed at the county right now in order to address the challenges that lie ahead.
Please join me in voting for Walter Chuck for Lincoln County Commissioner.
David N. Allen
Newport

The Pandamic Keeps Going and Going and Going…from the Centers for Disease Control

Two recent reports released by the Centers for Disease Control and the National Vital Statistics System show considerable death rates in the United States and find that differences in death rates still remain between certain racial and ethnic minority groups.

The first report provides an overview of provisional U.S. mortality data for 2021, including a comparison of death rates for all causes of death and for deaths involving COVID-19. The study found that the overall age-adjusted death rate increased by almost 1% in 2021 from 2020. Overall death rates were highest among non-Hispanic American Indian/Alaskan Native and non-Hispanic Black or African American people. For the second year, COVID-19 was the third leading cause of death after heart disease and cancer.

The second report shows that from 2020 to 2021, differences in COVID-19 death rates decreased among most racial and ethnic groups. This report found disparities in the age-adjusted COVID-19 death rates decreased by 14%–40% for most racial and ethnic groups, including non-Hispanic White people, who accounted for 60%–65% of all people who died; and increased non-significantly (7.2%) for non-Hispanic Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander persons (0.2%–0.3% of people who died) compared with non-Hispanic multiracial people.

Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital

The results of both studies highlight the need for greater effort to implement effective interventions. We must work to ensure equal treatment in all communities in proportion to their need for effective interventions that can prevent excess COVID-19 deaths.

CDC works 24/7 protecting America’s health, safety and security. Whether disease start at home or abroad, are curable or preventable, chronic or acute, or from human activity or deliberate attack, CDC responds to America’s most pressing health threats. CDC is headquartered in Atlanta and has experts located throughout the United States and the world.

More Revenues For Our Rural Schools

Wyden, Merkley: More than $82 Million in Secure Rural Schools Funds to go to Oregon Counties

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley this week announced that Oregon counties will receive more than $82 million in payments under the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act (SRS) for school and road maintenance, youth job training, wildfire prevention, watershed restoration and habitat conservation.

“For the better part of two decades, SRS payments have maintained an economic lifeline for Oregonians counting on quality schools, dependable infrastructure, forest maintenance and more,” said Wyden, who co-authored the original SRS law in 2000 and secured three additional years of funding for the SRS program in the 2021 Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. “I am gratified to see these dollars go to help Oregon communities tackle the ongoing threat of wildfire and support crucial community services like education, public safety and environmental conservation.”

“Secure Rural Schools payments are a crucial investments into our rural communities and help to provide vital services, ranging from schools to infrastructure and public safety,” said Merkley. “We must continue to support our rural communities—and it’s great news that these funds are heading to Oregon counties and rural communities to help tackle the ongoing threat of wildfires and promote economic growth in every corner of the state.”

The SRS program provides critical funding for schools, roads, and other municipal services to more than 700 counties across the nation. A portion of United State Forest Service funds generated through multi-use activities, such as grazing, timber production, and special use permits support rural counties impacted by federal forestland to improve the health of communities, and can include improving schools and roads, preventing wildfire, stream and watershed restoration, improvement of fish and wildlife habitat, and opportunities for youth training and employment. 

County SRS Payments by County
FS SRS BLM SRS TOTAL SRS
Baker $899,053 n/a $899,053
Benton $132,547 $776,096 $908,642
Clackamas $1,260,086 $903,108 $2,163,194
Columbia n/a $586,072 $586,072
Coos $242,286 $1,831,999 $2,074,285
Crook $1,405,520 n/a $1,405,520
Curry $1,928,561 $1,081,517 $3,010,078
Deschutes $1,242,858 n/a $1,242,858
Douglas $7,191,527 $8,291,540 $15,483,067
Grant $4,008,265 n/a $4,008,265
Harney $1,580,419 n/a $1,580,419
Hood River $598,384 n/a $598,384
Jackson $1,710,262 $4,139,275 $5,849,537
Jefferson $522,739 n/a $522,739
Josephine $1,116,477 $3,866,625 $4,983,103
Klamath $6,819,118 $830,371 $7,649,488
Lake $2,339,278 n/a $2,339,278
Lane $9,444,633 $4,332,448 $13,777,081
Lincoln $1,577,259 $114,720 $1,691,979
Linn $3,348,412 $825,257 $4,173,669
Marion $1,276,136 $435,387 $1,711,523
Morrow $141,435 n/a $141,435
Multnomah $193,018 $180,105 $373,123
Polk $4,110 $723,692 $727,802
Tillamook $811,010 $191,225 $1,002,235
Union $845,060 n/a $845,060
Wallowa $1,140,972 n/a $1,140,972
Wasco $896,042 n/a $896,042
Washington n/a $98,869 $98,869
Wheeler $598,898 n/a $598,898
Yamhill $199,879 $206,539 $406,418
TOTALS $53,474,244 $29,414,845 $82,889,088

Watch for automated flaggers on state highways in Douglas County

Douglas County motorists traveling between Interstate 5 and the Oregon coast may notice new traffic control devices in state highway work zones.

For the next month, Oregon 38 (Umpqua Highway) traffic will be reduced to a single lane through Scottsburg (milepost 16). Meanwhile, motorists on Oregon 42 (Coos Bay-Roseburg Highway) will see intermittent weekday lane closures west of Camas Valley (milepost 45-52).

Traffic at each location will be controlled by an automated flagging system. Each system consists of a modified traffic signal with a crossing arm at each end of a work zone. During the signal’s red-phase, the arm will lower to block traffic in one direction. During the yellow-phase, the arm will lift, allowing traffic to pass through the work zone. There is no green phase.

Similar “robot” flagging systems have been used for nearly a decade throughout Oregon. They are designed to keep everyone, including flaggers, safe on the highway. ODOT has provided a video that explains the system.

Motorists are advised to drive with caution through each work zone and watch for advance warning signs.

The lane closure in Scottsburg will allow prime contractor Hamilton Construction to work on the north approach to the new bridge across the Umpqua River. Traffic is likely to be shifted onto the new bridge later this month, though work will continue throughout the summer.

On Oregon 42, ODOT and prime contractor Suulutaaq recently began work on a six month project that will pave 6.8 miles of Oregon 42, stabilized a slide area and repair several bridges.

For more information, contact ODOT Public Information Officer Dan Latham at 541-817-5200 or Dan.Latham@odot.oregon.gov.

Habitat for Humanity of Lincoln County receives disaster services grant to aid in Echo Mountain Fire recovery effort

Public invited to volunteer

Building a shed for wildfire survivors in Otis

Otis, OR —– Habitat for Humanity of Lincoln County (HFHLC) is building sheds for wildfire survivors as part of the Echo Mountain Fire recovery. This effort is funded by a $20,000 disaster services grant from Habitat for Humanity International and State Farm®. Additional support is being provided by Thompson Sanitary through an in-kind contribution of space to construct the sheds.

Nearly 300 homes were destroyed when the Echo Mountain Complex Fire roared through the region in September 2020. The recovery effort is still under way with many homeowners still in the process of rebuilding.  “The Echo Mountain Fire had enormous and lasting impact on the Otis community,” said Lucinda Taylor, President of the Lincoln County Long-Term Recovery Group (LCLTRG) and HFHLC Executive Director. “The grant from Habitat for Humanity International and State Farm will help fund our recovery efforts. In typical Habitat style, we’re also looking for volunteers to help with construction.”

“State Farm is pleased to team up with Habitat for Humanity to support recovery efforts through this grant,” said Apsara Sorensen, Corporate Responsibility Director at State Farm. “Part of the State Farm mission is to help people recover from the unexpected. We hope this disaster services grant goes a long way in helping the Otis community recover from the Echo Mountain Fire.”

HFHLC worked closely with Disaster Case Managers to identify eight households in Otis with a verified need for sheds. Many survivors are self-employed and need a secure place to store their tools-of-trade. For others, these sheds will be used during construction to secure tools and equipment on-site. Others simply need secure storage space for garden tools and other household items.
HFHLC is partnering with Career Tech High School and Lincoln City Young Life to bring together local youth to build the sheds using prefab kits. Youth volunteer opportunities will be available throughout the month of May.
The public is also invited to volunteer on this project. Weekend work parties are scheduled for May 14, 21, and 28, 9am – 3pm each day. For more information or to volunteer, call 541.574.4437 or email office@habitatlincoln.org.
State Farm and Habitat for Humanity are providing up to $100,000 in grants for disaster recovery projects that engage youth. State Farm has been a supporter of Habitat for Humanity International’s youth initiatives since 2007.

Shed built for wildfire survivors in Otis.

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Wonderful Stories being read aloud on Friday, May 20th!

The Newport Public Library will be hosting a program, “Celtic Harps, Rare Instruments and Wondrous Stories with Lisa Lynne and Aryeh Frankfurter” on Friday, May 20th from 2-4:15 pm by the fireplace in the Reading Room of the Newport Public Library, 35 NW Nye Street.

The concert features Lisa Lynne & Aryeh Frankfurter playing two Celtic harps, the rare Swedish Nyckelharpa, Ukrainian Bandura, Cittern & more. The audience will hear Traditional instrumental music from Sweden and Ireland as well as heartwarming original compositions blended with stories of humor and adventure.

Lisa Lynne & Aryeh Frankfurter are a Celtic harp and multi-instrumentalist duo. They share a background as progressive rock musicians who later discovered a love for Celtic, Renaissance and Swedish music on unique acoustic instruments. They hail from Oregon and tour extensively playing fine performing arts centers, theaters and intimate venues around the US and Europe. Audiences are enchanted with their humorous and moving stories weaved with breathtaking music both traditional and original, taking audiences on a unique journey they will not soon forget. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ojdHUOKSYhM

Lisa Lynne is a multi-instrumentalist and performer who has gained worldwide recognition for her original music featuring her Celtic Harp. She is widely acclaimed for composing memorable and heartwarming melodies on the Windham Hill/Sony music labels that have repeatedly

placed in the Top 10 & Top 20 on the Billboard New age music charts. Her innovate work in Therapeutic music and “Hands-on-Harps” programs have gained national recognition from NBC, CNN, and numerous newspaper and magazine articles including Wall Street Journal. Lisa’s music is heard throughout the popular PBS special “Alone in the Wilderness,” amongst many other soundtracks for commercial television and independent films. Lisa performs and teaches year- round and was recently named one of the 50 most inspiring women by Los Angeles.

Magazine. www.LisaLynne.com

Aryeh Frankfurter is a renowned Celtic harper and multi- instrumentalist who went from virtuosic progressive rock violin to intricate Swedish folk and Celtic Music. He began with Classical violin at the age of three, and studied music throughout his life. He has 17 albums to his credit, works on film and television scores as composer and arranger, and continues to teach himself to play a variety of instruments most recently the rarely seen Swedish Nyckelharpa. He earned his master’s degree in philosophy as he was becoming one of the most successful street performers in the US. He is a full-time musician and producer whose uncommon approach to the Celtic harp and folk harp repertoire, his critically acclaimed albums have earned him high regard as an artist of extraordinary talents and abilities. www.Lionharp.com

Celtic Harps, Rare Instruments and Wondrous Stories with Lisa Lynne and Aryeh Frankfurter is free and open to the public. This program is proudly sponsored by the Newport Public Library Foundation.

For more information, please visit www.newportlibrary.org or call 541-265-2153.

If you would like more information, hi-res photos or to schedule an interview with the artists please contact: Lisa Lynne (818) 388-1396 Lisa@LisaLynne.com

Oregon Coast Youth Symphony Festival – Mother’s Day Chamber Concert!

Jim Myers here with the Oregon Coast Youth Symphony Festival. We are having our final Chamber Concert Series program this Sunday in Newport.

Newport Symphony Violinist Alistair Kok & Trio in Mother’s Day Concert Sunday at Atonement Lutheran Church

Newport Symphony Orchestra violinist Alistair Kok and his Trio Musicorum Medicorum trio will be presenting a free community Mother’s Day Chamber Concert Sunday afternoon May 8 at 2:00pm at Atonement Lutheran Church located at 2315 North Coast Highway in Newport. Also on the program is the McKay High School Chamber Orchestra from Salem.

Trio Musicorum Medicorum formed in Portland, Oregon, in August of 2015, and regularly performs chamber music concerts and recitals in and throughout Portland, Newport, and the surrounding areas. Alistair Kok holds degrees from Virginia Tech, Ohio State University College of Dentistry and the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He has performed professionally with orchestras and chamber ensembles throughout New England, Ohio and Virginia. Since moving to Portland, Oregon, in June 2015, he has joined the Newport Symphony Orchestra violin section. Pianist Andrew Bonner piano has degrees in music from Harvard and Brandeis University. He studied piano at the New England Conservatory of Music, and was a freelance musician in Boston for 20 years. He is currently a naturopath, Cellist Rebecca Reese studied cello at Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Denver. She taught cello at the University of Alaska and then moved on to Los Angeles, where she worked as a freelance musician for many years. She performed in many classical orchestras and chamber music groups as well as playing studio-recorded background music for TV and movies such as Raiders of the Lost Ark, Ghost Busters, the Color Purple, The Natural, and Star Trek III, to name a few. She is currently a physician with a practice in cranial osteopathy and homeopathy. Their program will feature Brahms: Trio II in C Major, Op.87.

The McKay Chamber Orchestra is an audition-only orchestra at McKay High School in Salem. These twelve talented students rehearse both during and outside of the school day and have been recognized as one of the best high school orchestras in the state. Their program includes Mozart Divertimento No. 1 in D K. 136 Movement. 1, Shostakovich String Quartet 8 Movements. 1 & 2, and Hovhaness Psalm and Fugue.

This special chamber concert is a presentation of the Oregon Coast Youth Symphony Festival which recently held its fourth annual event in Newport. The Festival will return next April for its fifth season. For more information about the Festival go to their website at www.youthsymphonyfestival.org.

Donations will be accepted Sunday to support the Festival and attendees are asked to please wear a mask in the church sanctuary.

Concert is presented by the Lincoln County Cultural Trust, Oregon Coast Bank and the Three Rivers Foundation.

An Intervenor Votes YES for Kaety Jacobson and Casey Miller

An Intervenor Votes YES for Kaety Jacobson and Casey Miller

Because of my interest in Ballot Measure 21-203, voters ask me who I support for the two open positions on the Board of Commissioners.
My response: “Casey Miller for Position 1 and Incumbent Kaety Jacobson for Position 3.”  Then shock sets in. “How can you support Kaety? She spoke out against Ballot Measure 21-203 before the election?” The truth is that initially, I did not.

I am a named Intervenor on behalf of the County in the lawsuits filed by 24 Short Term Rentals (STR) Investors, including 19 carpetbaggers who are not Lincoln County residents, over Measure 21-203. The Intervenors’ constituents are the 10,080 YES on 21-203 Voters, many of whom are donating to cover the legal fees for our intervention.

As an Intervenor, I have a unique window into the litigation phase of this process. I listened with an open mind to Kaety’s responses to the many STR questions voters asked candidates for the last month. I concluded that Kaety is best-positioned to make the STR phase-out a reality by November 19, 2026. Our success requires her re-election.  Why? Because Kaety does not have to “come up to speed,” as would the other candidates.

As the Incumbent, Kaety will not have to wait eight months until her swearing-in to make decisions. She can (1) be briefed by outside counsel, (2) approve the litigation budget, and (3) direct implementation during these critical next few months. As the Incumbent, Kaety felt the acute sting of a wildly successful Ballot Measure. Therefore, I trust her.

The candidates’ responses to the 15neighborhoods’ Questionnaire are on the website. Developer Mark Watkins did not respond. Kaety responded in English and Spanish. Casey Miller was the only candidate for Position 1 who responded to the 15neighborhoods Questionnaire. That says it all.

Vote YES for Kaety Jacobson and Casey Miller.
Respectfully,
Monica Kirk
Unincorporated Lincoln County

Oregon seeking alternatives to burning

Residents of Toledo getting a detailed report on annual water quality coming out the tap….

City of Toledo Water Quality Report Now Available Online

Each year, the City of Toledo provides water customers with the annual water quality report (also known as the consumer confidence report). The report informs customers how the water quality compares to federal and state drinking water standards. It provides details on the water source and the quality of the drinking water, and it is required by the Oregon Health Authority.

In 2021, the City of Toledo tested and detected contaminants which were well below allowable levels and no health based violations were reported.

In an effort to be more economically and environmentally responsible, the 2021 annual report will not be printed and mailed to each household. However, the report can be viewed online at www.cityoftoledo.org/publicworks/page/water-utility-documents

Customers can receive a printed version by visiting Toledo City Hall at 206 N Main Street, Toledo. Customers can also request a copy by contacting the Public Works Office at 541-336-2247 ext. 2130, mailing a request for the report to City Hall, PO Box 220, Toledo OR 97391, or send an email request to planning@cityoftoledo.org

For questions about the report or for more information on how the City of Toledo maintains the safety of the drinking water, contact the Toledo Water Treatment Plant at 541-336-2610

Lincoln City Police still seeking hit and run driver…

DRIVER SOUGHT AFTER HITTING JUVENILE AND FLEEING THE SCENE

News Release from Lincoln City Police

On Thursday, April 28, 2022 at about 4:20 PM, Lincoln City Police, along with North Lincoln Fire & Rescue and Pacific West Ambulance, responded to a report of a Vehicle vs Pedestrian crash in the 400 block of SE Oar Ave in Lincoln City. 

Upon officer’s arrival they found an injured 14-year-old male juvenile who that had been hit by a vehicle. Crews from North Lincoln Fire & Rescue and Pacific West Ambulance arrived and immediately began medical treatment of the juvenile before transporting him to Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital with serious injuries. 

Officers on scene learned that the male juvenile was standing near the edge of the roadway when a vehicle traveling south on Oar Avenue struck him. The impact caused the juvenile to be thrown several feet from the initial point of impact. Witnesses indicated that the driver of the vehicle did not stop after hitting the juvenile and fled the scene south bound on Oar. Witnesses described the involved vehicle as a gold color sedan with out-of-state license plates, possibly from Idaho. The involved vehicle may have damage to the front passenger side of the vehicle. 

The investigation of this crash is ongoing, and the Lincoln City Police are asking for the public’s help in locating the involved vehicle and identifying the driver. Police are asking that anyone who lives in the area who has surveillance cameras to review their surveillance footage on the date and time of the crash for any video of the suspect vehicle. Anyone with surveillance video or any other information regarding this incident are asked to contact Detective John Goodman at the Lincoln City Police Department at 541-994-3636.          

Submitted by:  Lieutenant Jeffrey Winn

Wildland Fire at Indian Shores of NE East Devils Lake Road

8pm   Report of a wildland fire at Indian Shores off NW West Devils Lake Road.  The fire is growing.

8:16pm  Sounds like firefighters are getting the upper hand on the fire on the west side of the lake.  Another fire truck is pulling up on scene.

8:24pm  Firefighters say someone set a fence on fire.

8:26pm  Fire has been extinguished.

Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley calls for Americans to Transition to Clean Energy Economy

Sen. Jeff Merkley
D-Oregon

Sen. Jeff Merkley Leads Call for Transition to a Clean Energy Economy to Protect American National Security and Combat Price Gouging by Fossil Fuel Companies. Clean energy investments weaken America’s enemies, free consumers from exploitation   

Washington, D.C. – Oregon’s U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley – along with a small army of other senators – today introduced a Senate Resolution condemning oil and gas companies profiteering off the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine and urging a swift transition to a clean energy economy as a core national security priority. 

“The war in Ukraine has underscored how our dependence on oil fills the coffers of tyrants and dictators like Putin, and that a rapid transition to clean and renewable energy is not just necessary for our environment, but critical to our economic and national security,” said Senator Merkley. “We can achieve energy independence by transitioning to cheaper, home-grown sources of renewable energy, and we can’t waste any time in getting there. The best way to end our dependence and that of our allies on foreign oil and gas is to end our reliance on oil and gas, period.” 

“The oil and gas industry doesn’t drill to be patriotic – they drill for profit. They have reaped billions of dollars by taking advantage of Russia’s war on Ukraine and crushing Americans at the pump,” said Senator Murphy. “Investing in renewables is the only way we achieve true energy independence. It’s time we learn our lesson and make the transition to clean energy to strengthen our national security, combat the climate crisis, and lower costs for everyone.”

“Putin’s ruthless and unjustified invasion of Ukraine coupled with continued price gouging by oil and gas companies have imperiled our country’s national security and left Americans hurting from rising fuel prices,” said Senator Booker. “As this resolution lays out, the United States must immediately begin a transition to a clean energy economy that will ensure our nation’s energy independence, protect consumers, and help us reverse the devastating effects of climate change.”

“No one should be profiteering from Putin’s brutal war in Ukraine, but that’s what Big Oil is doing,” said Senator Van Hollen. “We must be putting people over profits and consumers over corporate greed. It’s clear that accelerating our transition to a clean energy economy is necessary to reduce the price of energy, strengthen our national security, and confront climate change.” 

“Oil and gas companies have been profiteering from Russia’s brutal war in Ukraine by reprehensibly raising prices on Americans while raking in record profits,” said Senator Blumenthal. “Volatility in oil and gas prices worsened by the war and Big Oil’s greed only reinforce the need to invest in more reliable domestic green energy. A clean energy economy would ensure our energy independence while protecting the climate—and lower costs for the American people.”

The Senators’ Resolution highlights how a clean energy economy is essential for protecting the United States’ national security and American consumers. It notes that authoritarian regimes such as Russia, which derives 40 percent of its federal budget from oil and gas production, rely heavily on fossil fuel revenue to maintain their grip on power and fund atrocities such as those occurring in Ukraine, and that the Department of Defense recently reported that climate change threatens American national security. The Resolution also highlights how oil and gas companies have unjustly profited from charging American consumers sky-high gas prices even as the price of oil falls.  

The Resolution urges a rapid transition to renewable energy, which “can come online more quickly and reliably than oil and gas production, which will ensure the United States’ energy independence and help us maintain a safe and healthy climate.” 

The Resolution concludes, “Congress and the Biden Administration must stop price gouging and excessive price increases by oil and gas companies; and help consumers and small businesses that are being harmed by rising energy prices; and the United States must transition to a clean energy economy as quickly as possible to protect our national security.”

“Americans shouldn’t have to depend on foreign dictators to power our cars or heat our homes, and it’s why today’s resolution from Senator Merkley calling for a clean energy transition is so critical. Renewable energy sources like solar and wind will help keep supply consistent during global conflict — and provide crucial cost-savings to the American people,” said Marcela Mulholland, Political Director at Data for Progress. 

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