Guest Opinion: Clean energy would strengthen Oregon rural communities

Guest column by Merten Bangemann-Johnson in Medford Mail Tribune / Ashland Daily Tidings January 7, 2018

2017 was a year of compromise and disappointments in the battle for controlling climate change, both nationally and locally. Oregon’s temperature has been steadily climbing for years. We’ve seen early snowmelt, blistering heat waves, heavy downpours and a dangerous uptick in wildfire risk. The erratic weather trends will only worsen and will detrimentally impact our local economies for generations. Unless we address the root cause of global warming: wanton climate pollution.



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