What Lies Ahead for State-Wide Energy Policy?

Let’s Talk Climate kicks off the 2017 series on Wednesday, January 25 with a high-powered discussion of climate-related measures coming before the Oregon legislature. The event will take place at 7 p.m. in Copeland Commons Room of TaborSpace, 5441 SE Belmont St., Portland.

A three-member panel will discuss upcoming legislation in the Oregon Legislature’s “long session,” January through June, followed by a question/answer discussion with the audience.

Angus Duncan, Chair of the Oregon Global Warming Commission, will speak first about legislation that the Commission believes necessary for Oregon to meet its climate goals. Because the Commission recommends statutory and administrative changes, policies, and other actions to be carried out by the state government, it plays a key role in determining measures to be introduced in this legislative session.

Senator Michael Dembrow, representing Oregon’s 23rd District in the Oregon Senate, will give an insider's view of upcoming environmental legislation. Senator Dembrow chairs the Senate Committee on Environment and Natural Resources, and is a key Senate leader in determining which legislation will come out of committee for an actual vote on the Senate floor.
Finally, Shilpa Joshi, Organizing Director for Renew Oregon, will address how citizen action can influence pending legislation to enhance its chances of passage. Renew Oregon is a coalition of businesses, non-profits, faith and community organizations which works in the fight against climate change. 

This event is free and open to the public; donations will be gratefully accepted to help defray program expenses. Attendees are requested to make a reservation on Eventbrite (https://statewideenergypolicy.eventbrite.com) to facilitate space use.

Next up - Wednesday, Feb 15, 7 p.m., TaborSpace:  “Aiming for Carbon Zero and Portland Housing Choices.”

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