In Representative Marsh and Senator Golden, Southern Oregon has legislators who accept climate science and understand that climate change and the consequent increasing wildfire risk need to be addressed.
These champions of reality and sanity led efforts as the 2021 Legislative session drew to a close, to pass HB2021 which requires that electricity sold in Oregon become 100% fossil free by 2040. We know completely eliminating all fossil fuels from our energy economy is critical to the survival of life on the planet as we know it. Meanwhile, the governor’s 2019 wildfire council report on addressing fire risk, which has been ignored by many legislators, formed the basis of SB762.
Regrettably, both bills passed with little support from our local Republican representatives. We congratulate all legislators who have accepted science and reality but will remember those demonstrating a delusional, purely partisan, and willful failure to accept that we need to address the global climate crisis here in Oregon and we need to undertake sane measures to address the unfortunate consequences of increasing wildfire risk.
Southern Oregonians should support Marsh and Golden and express their disappointment to Senators Linthicum and Robinson and Representatives Brock Smith, Stark, Morgan, Wallan and Breese Iverson.
Co-facilitator, Southern Oregon Climate Action Now (SOCAN)