Letters, March 15
Yes on HB 2020
Growing up in Ashland, I became normalized to the increasing wildfires that roared around my home every summer. I thought that being unable to play outside in the summers with my friends because of terrible air quality was something every child experienced.
When my family was evacuated from our home in 2009, I realized none of those experiences were normal. They had been normalized. As a 13-year-old, I figured out that everything I was experiencing was avoidable if our country took action on climate change and stopped putting profit over people. And so, I waited for anything to change.
Now, as a 22-year-old college student, I refuse to stay quiet and wait any longer. It is time for our state government to make corporations pay for the devastating damage they are creating, which is killing our planet and its people. With the Clean Energy Jobs Bill on the floor, it is imperative that Oregonians speak up and call for legislators to vote yes on this bill. This bill will keep corporations accountable for their pollution while equitably reinvesting money into communities most affected by climate change. We must act now. We must pass this bill.
Use our brains
Here’s a story from Jeremiah 32:22-23 (parentheses mine): God had given them a “land flowing with milk and honey” (the planet earth), but “they turned away from him” (by creating industrial carbon emissions and destroying the planet) and he caused “calamity to come upon them” (the mass extinctions, floods and fires we’ve seen, and the famine and plagues that will likely follow).
Perhaps God is hoping we use our God-given brains to start reducing carbon emissions so the beautiful home given to all life doesn’t perish.
Something to ponder.
Join the interstate compact
A bill to enjoin Oregon in the National Popular Vote interstate compact has recently been introduced to the state Legislature. This bill has previously passed in the House four times and, this year, may finally be introduced in the Senate. When enough states sign on to the agreement, the presidential candidate who wins the national popular vote will win the presidency.
The agreement goes into effect when enough states sign on to make up a majority of the electoral votes in the Electoral College (270). Then, all signatory states are committed to award all of their state’s electoral votes to the winner of the national popular vote, thereby making that candidate the next president.
This interstate agreement preserves the antiquated Electoral College, yet will render it a quaint formality of the Constitution. When the agreement goes into effect, an Oregonian’s vote for president will matter just as much as a vote in Ohio, Florida or Pennsylvania. There will be no more red, blue and purple states. Presidential candidates will have to address voter concerns all across the country, not just within a few swing states. Oregon should join the 13 states that have already signed on.