Target: The Oregon Legislature and Governor John Kitzhaber
Oregon is behind when it comes to the use of solar energy, despite the fact that Oregon receives far more sunlight each year than Germany, the world’s leading producer of solar energy. According to Environment Oregon, the solar energy industry could produce 10 percent of the state’s electricity by 2025. But they will need help from state leaders.
Oregon leads the nation in solar manufacturing, but lags when it comes to making use of this technology within the state.
As global output of carbon emissions continues to increase, and our planet’s temperatures continue to rise, the dangers of climate change can no longer be ignored. And although Oregon is considered a national leader in environmentally friendly policy, you simply are not making changes quickly enough to make a dent in our output of greenhouse gases.
Environment Oregon recently issued a report which outlines numerous changes that could be implemented by the state in order to decrease our reliance on fossil fuels and increase our use of solar energy. Included in the recommendations are a building code which would require solar panels, or other forms of renewable energy production, to be incorporated into new buildings at the time of construction; tax credits for citizens and businesses who utilize solar energy; and the construction of large-scale solar power plants.
Putting these policies in place would help to protect our environment and create much-needed, skilled jobs for the state of Oregon.
Dear Members of the Oregon Legislature and Governor John Kitzhaber,
The State of Oregon is in a unique position to become a global leader in solar energy production. Though you already lead in solar manufacturing, you do not currently make much use of solar technology compared to states such as California and New Jersey.
Representatives from the solar energy industry have recently made a series of recommendations to the state, asking leaders to help speed up the process of switching from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources. They state that solar energy could provide 10 percent of the state’s electricity by the year 2025. Their recommendations include incentives for citizens and businesses who utilize solar power, a building code which requires new structures to incorporate renewable energy technology, and the construction of solar power plants.
I urge you to implement these policies which can help protect our environment as well as create much-needed jobs for Oregonians.
[Your Name Here]
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