We’ve got some good stuff going on all over the country. Whether we’re working on clean energy, clean transportation, carbon pricing or protecting our public lands from fossil fuel development, you’ll find POW all around the nation getting involved with outdoor communities and climate action. Stay up to date with real-time updates from the POW team on all of our initiatives:
Oregon – The Clean Energy Jobs bill is moving through the State House in Salem and it’s a big deal. This bill introduces a state-wide carbon cap and investment program with the goal of driving greenhouse gas emissions down to reach an 80 percent reduction below 1990 levels by 2050. It targets the 100 top polluters for exceeding carbon limits and offers a huge bang for the buck when it comes to curbing emissions quickly. Oregon could become a nationwide leader in climate action and could inspire the rest of the nation to adopt similar policies.
That’s why we headed back to Oregon one more time in early June with a handful of our Alliance members and partners to meet with Gov. Kate Brown and 11 other lawmakers to urge them to get this bill across the finish line. With the legislative session ending at the end of June, we don’t have time to wait to pass this bill.
Nevada – You know what’s rad? Fifty percent renewable energy by 2030. And your state is leading the way by voting yes on Question 6 this fall. But here’s the hangup, we need to vote TWICE on this bill. That’s why POW is working in the Silver State to help make sure your legislators reaffirm Question 6 in Carson City this spring. Nevada gets 80 percent of its electricity from out-of-state fossil fuel sources, which seems pretty silly when you have some of the world’s best solar resources and nearly 300 days of sunshine a year.
In March, we met with Gov. Steve Sisolak to thank him for his leadership on climate and his commitment to increasing the state’s Renewable Portfolio Standard. We also attended the Growth and Infrastructure Committee hearing with Alliance members David Wise (who gave an epic testimony), Tim Eddy and Max Hammer to show support for Senate Bill 358 which aims to increase Nevada’s RPS to 50 percent renewable energy by 2030. The bill passed the state Senate!
Utah – With such a dedicated outdoor community, we’re excited to work with your state toward more clean energy, developing climate champions and educating your delegation to take bigger steps on climate. Here’s the thing, 72 percent of Utah residents participate in outdoor sports each year. And more than twice as many jobs in Utah rely on outdoor recreation than mining and energy COMBINED.
Colorado – Not only is Colorado our home state, it also supports an incredible community of outdoor enthusiasts. Between stricter methane emission rules, zero emission vehicle programs and continuing to work with the Polis administration toward 100 percent clean energy, we’ve got some big plans for CO.
Thanks to the more than 2,000 Coloradans who wrote into their legislators, House Bill 1261––which creates a ladder of goals ultimately reducing carbon pollution in the state 90 percent by 2050 compared to 2005 levels–was signed into law by Gov. Jared Polis in June!
Vermont – This state is home to some of the most beautiful outdoor recreation and some super interesting upcoming legislation. We’ll be working with the Green Mountain State on electric vehicles, carbon pricing and educating lawmakers on the impacts of climate in their state.
In April, we headed to Montpelier with Alliance member Alex Deibold to talk with lawmakers about getting Vermont back on track with its environmental legacy. Considering outdoor recreation adds $5.5 billion to the state’s economy, it’s time for the Green Mountain State to live up to its legacy.
New Hampshire – We’re coming to you this year to get to know your community and learn about all of the great outdoor opportunities your state has to offer. Nearly 70 percent of New Hampshire residents participate in outdoor recreation every year. With an $8.7 billion outdoor rec economy, it’s time to talk climate change and take climate action.
In March, Alliance member Forrest Shearer headed out to New Hampshire with the partnership of Granite Backcountry Alliance for the annual Wild Corn event at Tuckerman Brewing. Forrest talked with hundreds of outdoor enthusiasts from the North Country and even tried his hand at riding Tuckerman Ravine. New Hampshire has an incredible outdoor community and we can wait to get more involved with your awesome state!
Maine – Maine has the opportunity to pass two huge climate bills before the session ends in late June. The Act to Establish the Maine Climate Change Council (Legislative Document 1679) and a bill to increase Maine’s Renewable Portfolio Standard (Legislative Document 1494) will work hand in hand to set strong emissions reductions goals while getting all Mainers involved in climate action.
Coming out of eight years of inaction on climate in Maine, we don’t have time to wait. It’s time to take big steps on climate and get these bills passed.