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COURTESY OF SAM ADAMS - Sam Adams, home in November for a Thanksgiving visit, is shown with his Woodstock parents: His mother Karalie Adams; and his stepfather Stewart Buettner. Sam evidently took this picture while holding his phone somewhere near the ceiling! Over the years, neighborhood walks have brought this writer into contact with Woodstock resident Karalie Adams, mother of former Portland City Councilman and Mayor, Sam Adams.

Never has Karalie's enthusiasm been higher than it is for her son's current job as Director of World Resources Institute (WRI) United States – in Washington, D.C.

WRI is a global nonprofit that describes, on its website, its mission this way: "The World Resources Institute's mission is to move human society to live in ways that protect Earth's environment and its capacity to provide for the needs and aspirations of current and future generations."

Karalie explains her special reason to be proud: "This new job for Sam (he started in January 2015) is an excellent opportunity to address the needs of any city in a sustainable manner. As parents, we feel hopeful that Sam's continuing effort to pursue these issues on a global scale will benefit people in many different places."

The WRI website describes Adams' job as being responsible for "leading WRI's efforts to analyze and develop new policies, build political will, and support coalitions that will encourage the U.S.'s transition to a strong, low-carbon economy."

Recently Adams gave a press conference for the Institute. Later the article was picked up by the Huffington Post.

In part, it read: "The clean energy economy is taking off. It's bringing new opportunities for U.S. businesses, entrepreneurs, investors, and consumers. If President-elect Trump is serious about his promise to create tens of thousands of good-paying jobs, then he should push America toward a strong, clean energy future."

We, living in Oregon, often think we are the most progressive state on energy issues. The following quote from Adams' article might, therefore, come as a surprise:

"In Texas, the nation's largest wind producer, wind power is now cheaper than oil and gas, accounting for 16 percent of electricity capacity over the year. In embracing wind power, Texas created nearly 25,000 jobs and cut air pollution by an amount equivalent to taking 5 million cars off the road."

Adams' article is quite upbeat, observing that, "Regardless of their views on climate change, most Americans support energy efficiency, and decreasing the country's dependence on fossil fuels."

Karalie tells THE BEE she feels thankful to be living in a neighborhood and city with a relatively clean environment.

Referring back to the content of her son's article, she concludes, "Clean air and water keep us alive and healthy. The least we can do is be conscious of our choices."

To read Adams' entire article, go online to: tinyurl.com/jm8yxun

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