This month, the Oregon Legislature has an opportunity to ensure clean air and good jobs for years to come. The Clean Energy Jobs Bill caps greenhouse gas emissions and requires large polluters to buy emissions permits. The estimated $700 million in revenue will be invested in clean energy projects, such as public transit, solar power, electric vehicles, and home energy efficiency.

Clean energy means clean air. That can be life-changing for the nearly half million Oregonians suffering from lung disease and the 71,000 children with asthma.

Clean energy means jobs. Nearly 50,000 Oregonians already work in the clean economy. New investment would increase opportunities for construction workers, engineers, manufacturing workers, salespeople, and others. These are good-paying, local jobs.

Ten years in the making, the Clean Energy Jobs Bill is similar to successful programs in 10 states — places that have seen robust economic growth and dramatic reductions in climate pollution.

The 2018 legislative session ends March 12. Find your state representative and senator (https://www.oregonlegislature.gov) and call or write today. Tell them it's time to act.

Teresa Welch

Corvallis (Feb. 12)

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