By Teresa Welch
Sept. 25-29 is National Clean Energy Week. The timing couldn’t be better, as the Corvallis City Council is working to establish an advisory board to implement the city’s Climate Action Plan. By 2050, the plan aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 75 percent below 1990 levels.
Accelerating our city’s transition to clean energy would be a positive step toward meeting this ambitious goal. In fact, it makes sense regardless of one’s views about climate change. Development of clean and abundant forms of energy — such as wind and solar —creates jobs, strengthens national security, improves air quality, and saves consumers money. More than 50,000 Oregonians are already working in clean energy jobs, and the state’s 130 wind and solar companies have positioned us to be a leader in this field.
Clean energy actions identified in the city’s Climate Action Plan include transitioning to electric vehicles, supporting solar energy development, and encouraging the use of onsite renewable energy production in commercial and residential buildings. Our support for these practical local actions will help move us toward a prosperous clean energy future.