Tag Archives: Climate Change

Platform Convention Reflections (Part 1)

Democratic Party of Oregon’s annual Platform Convention in March brought more than 500 active Democrats to Salem. The largest delegation was from Clackamas County, our state’s third largest county.

What happens under the “big tent” when you are in a minority and majority rules governs the outcome?

What happens when there are no structures for the minority to have their voice seriously considered, whether that minority is on the left or the right?

Jobs versus the environment has been a major conflict within our Democratic Party since before the Spotted Owl. This conflict has traditionally divided union workers from urban environmentalists. It has divided rural communities from urban financial centers. Those divides were well represented at the Platform Convention. Continue reading

Rally in Salem to Support Climate Change Legislation

Milwaukie Mayor Mark Gamba will lead interested citizens to Salem Wednesday, March 1, for a 1 pm rally on the capitol steps concerning positive steps addressing climate change.

A carbon tax and cap and investment program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions covered in SB 557 and SB 748 will be heard in Hearing Room F at 3 pm.

Gamba said it is time to “demand bold state leadership on climate.” These pieces of legislation are part of that package.

You are encouraged to join the rally. There is no charge to attend the rally and/or to testify in favor of these bills.

Carpooling is recommended.