Stand With Kate!

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Kate is committed to conserving the beauty and bounty of Oregon for generations to come. Oregon is a special place, and as governor, Kate is fighting to protect our land, water, and air. She is standing up to Washington politicians who have walked away from America’s commitment to combat climate change and is working to make Oregon a national leader in clean energy, reducing emissions, and conservation.

“Our generation will be judged not on the fact of climate change, but how we responded to it. We must fight to protect what makes Oregon special.” – Governor Kate Brown

CLEAN AIR & WATER FOR EVERY OREGONIAN

Clean air and water are fundamental to the Oregon way of life. Kate signed bills requiring engine upgrades for school buses, instituting mining protections for river habitats statewide, and established the Cleaner Air Oregon program. She also implemented new regulations to protect educators, staff, and students from environmental hazards in school facilities, holding every Oregon school district accountable to test for toxins and share test results with the public.

LEADING THE FIGHT ON CLIMATE CHANGE

When politicians in Washington D.C. turned its back on the landmark Paris Climate Agreement, Kate stepped up in their place. Under her leadership, Kate will continue the fight to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and support innovation that reduces Oregon’s reliance on fossil fuels. Oregon may be a small part of the global problem of climate change, but by working together, we can be a large part of the national solution.

Oregon became the first state to envision a future without coal-powered electricity when Kate signed the nation’s first “coal-to-clean” law, which will completely phase out dirty coal power by 2030 and double Oregon’s reliance on renewable energy by 2040. Since taking office in 2015, she has defended and implemented the clean fuels program which gives consumers more fuel options and reduces pollution from cars and trucks stood up to Big Oil and signed a law that bolsters the use of cleaner-burning vehicle fuels in Oregon.

Climate change threatens Oregon’s economy, contributes to raging wildfires, and threatens our Oregon way of life. Kate continues to lead on climate: Oregon can reduce greenhouse gas emissions and grow the economy by shifting to clean energy technologies.

PROTECTING PUBLIC LANDS

Oregon boasts some of the most beautiful landscapes and natural wonders in the world - and we must be careful to protect it. When some of the worst wildfires in state history struck Oregon, Kate met with firefighters, activated National Guard members, and implemented every tool possible to address the fires.

Kate is passionate about protecting public lands, and put herself on the line to keep the Elliott State Forest in public ownership. She also is working to defend the biodiverse Cascade-Siskiyou’s status as a National Monument, working directly with the Secretary of the Interior to protect this priceless region.

There’s no better way to develop a strong connection to nature and a passion for its conservation than spending time outdoors. That’s why following a ballot measure passed by the voters, Kate approved full funding of Outdoor School for every Oregon sixth-grader. This connection is an important part of growing up in Oregon, and Kate will continue to find ways for more young people to develop that kinship with the natural world.