Climate Concerns

I am in agreement with climate scientists and with groups like Southern Oregon Climate Action Now (SOCAN) who tell us that human-caused emissions of greenhouse gases are warming Planet Earth and are filling its atmosphere and its oceans with dangerous and ever-growing levels of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases (GHG)  We have seen the consequences of global warming and climate change in the ever more severe heat waves, droughts, floods, wildfires, and severe weather worldwide along with drastic melting of glaciers and permafrost in arctic regions.

If we fail to stem these emissions very substantially, climate change poses an existential threat to life as we have known it.

 

If elected, I would work with climate-wise groups and fellow legislators to make sure that Oregon does its part in addressing the need to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions.

There are many alternatives for generating the energy we need for heating and cooling and to power our vehicles and our businesses, including solar, wind, wave, geothermal, small hydro, and others.  In addition, we can encourage energy conservation efforts like adding insulation and green windows to homes and businesses. I support an “all of the above” approach to development of these alternative methods.  We need to find multiple best ways to disincentivize the use of fossil fuels and to subsidize clean energy methods.

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Unlike my opponent, who appears to be a climate change denier and who led House Republicans in two walkouts to thwart bills that would have provided strong action on climate change, I promise to stay on the job for Oregon and work with others to address this terrible threat to our livelihoods, our economy, and our well-being.

My wife Tana and I lost our home in Talent and all of our possessions to the terrible Almeda Wildfire of Sept. 8, 2020.  We know first-hand how climate change has made these urban and forest fires and the smoke much more severe, which makes even breathing dangerous for all of us.  We can’t allow this to be the new normal for our state (or our world).

We must do much more to address climate change and I seek your support to do just that.