As a mother, educator and lifelong Oregonian, I have watched and experienced the dramatic impact of a rapidly changing climate that our current energy and electricity infrastructure cannot keep pace with.
Just this winter, we were without power for eight days during the ice storm, cooking on camp stoves, huddled around our natural gas fireplace insert and sleeping under mountains of blankets to stay warm. Now, not five months later, family and friends are being forced to seek heat relief at rivers, with friends who have air conditioning and by cordoning off rooms of their homes so their tiny window AC units can try to keep the space under 90 degrees.
It is beyond time that Oregon gets in front of the increasing incidents of a depleted planet and continues passing bills like HB 2021-100% Equitable Energy for All. Oregonians can be leaders in solutions for healing deep divides in our communities, economy and electricity. This bill provides jobs, renewable electricity sources like wind and solar and ensures labor equity.
Let's get more bills like this passed soon.
Jaime Mathis is an Oak Grove resident.
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