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Oregon Chapter of the Sierra Club Endorses Governor Kate Brown

Mon, 10/10/2016 - 19:31

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“Kate Brown is the best environmental candidate for Governor"

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10/10/2016

PORTLAND, OR -- The Oregon Chapter of the Sierra Club today announced its endorsement of Kate Brown for governor. Governor Brown is a leading advocate in the fight against climate change, having passed the nation’s first “Coal-to-Clean” law eliminating dirty coal powered electricity, and signed the Clean Fuels bill to spur growth of electric and other clean fuel automobiles.

“Kate Brown is the best environmental candidate for Governor,” said Morgan Gratz-Weiser, Political Chair of the Oregon Chapter of the Sierra Club. “We thank Governor Brown for her leadership on the Clean Electricity and Coal Transition bill, for removing the sunset on Clean Fuels, and for supporting the Toxic Free Kids Act.  Her ongoing commitment to clean air and water, and her clear opposition to unsafe oil trains traveling through the Columbia Gorge is encouraging. We look forward to working with Governor Brown in the coming years to identify ways we can work together to conserve our beautiful state.”

The Oregon Chapter of the Sierra Club appreciates Governor Brown’s commitment to keeping Oregon clean and safe for generations to come. In addition to passing the landmark Coal-to-Clean law, she created the Cleaner Air Oregon initiative to connect public health and the regulation of companies that emit toxic chemicals into our air. She ordered a Portland manufacturer to cease production this year until it could safely contain toxic air emissions, and called on the federal government to stop oil trains from passing through Oregon until it could assure there was no risk of another oil spill.

“The Oregon Chapter of the Sierra Club is an essential leader in the conservationist movement in our state, and I am proud and honored to have their endorsement,” said Governor Brown. “I am committed to making Oregon - our home - a place where everyone can thrive, and that includes a cleaner, greener environment to live in. We must 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 with the Sierra Club and the entire conservationist community in the coming years, we can be a large part of the national solution.”

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