Rogue Valley residents overflowed the RCC Higher Education Center presentation hall to discuss the potential for a faster local transition to cleaner energy and greater energy efficiency, among other climate-related issues, with candidates for Jackson County Commissioner and State Senate at a nonpartisan forum held on Wednesday in Medford. Over 125 people were in attendance.
All candidates for County Commissioner Positions 1 and 3 and Oregon State Senate District 3, regardless of party affiliation, were invited to participate. Candidates who attended included Tonia Moro, County Commissioner 1; Kevin Talbert, County Commissioner 3; and Sen. Alan Bates, Senate District 3.
A study by the Rogue Valley Council of Governments and others documented the opportunity to create jobs, reduce long-term energy costs, protect our health and rural quality of life, and address climate change by making use of cleaner energy sources such as solar and increasing energy efficiency.
Each of the candidates committed to do what they can to help speed our local transition to cleaner energy and greater energy efficiency, and the jobs that those efforts create.
“It was great to see so much interest in creating jobs and getting to work on practical, local energy solutions,” said Hannah Sohl, director of Rogue Climate. “We appreciate the chance to talk with the candidates who were present, and look forward to working with those who weren’t in attendance as well. The future of our local economy and quality of life is not a partisan issue.”
Tonight’s forum was co-sponsored by two local groups, Rogue Climate and Southern Oregon Climate Action Now, SOCAN. Rogue Climate is a nonpartisan, youth-led organization focused on achieving practical local progress by bringing together local businesses, public officials, community and faith groups, ranchers, farmers, hunters, anglers, unions, students, and others. SOCAN provides education on the causes and consequences of climate change.
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