[Oeva-list] [Fwd: OSPIRG : Clean cars up for final vote]

Tony McCormick tony at notebene.net
Thu Feb 2 08:17:51 PST 2006


It's time for the final step to bring Clean Cars to Oregon. It's critical that thousands of Oregonians make it clear Oregon should be a leader in solving global warming. Tons of supportive public comments will help make sure the program gets put in place, and help beat back new efforts to block Clean Cars by the auto industry's allies in Salem and in the Bush administration.

Please take a second to submit your own comment to the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ)  - and to your state representative - on why it's important that Oregon be a leader and make sure we get clean cars on the roads.  Then, please ask your friends and family in Oregon to help by forwarding this email to them.

To take action, please click here or paste this link into your web browser:
http://ospirg.org/OR.asp?id=1318&id3=OR&id4=ES


Background:

As you know, OSPIRG has been working with Gov. Kulongoski and other state leaders to make sure Oregon adopts the Clean Cars program and takes on national leadership in the fight against global warming. We had a big victory in December when the Governor's Environmental Quality Commission voted to adopt temporary rules putting the Clean Cars program in place, and the DEQ has just opened up a public comment period to get public input before the Commission votes again in June to finalize the decision. In three weeks, they'll hold public hearings around the state (we'll send you an email about those too).

Cutting global warming pollution from cars is critically important; global warming is already starting to change Oregon. Sea levels on parts on the central and northern Oregon coast are rising and snowpack in the Cascades is shrinking, leading to reduced river flows and less water available for irrigation, hydropower, and salmon migration. The Clean Cars program requires cars to emit 30% less global warming pollution starting in 2009.

The good news is that cleaner cars will not only reduce global warming pollution. They'll also cut toxic air pollution that's in Oregon's air at dangerous levels, and they'll go farther on a mile of gas, so Oregonians will save money at the pump. Cleaner cars will be cheaper to own than today's cars! 

The auto industry has been pulling out all the stops to stop the program, including suing the state, so it's critical that thousands of Oregonians weigh in during this public comment period. The auto industry has gotten state legislators involved in their lawsuit, who could try to repeal the program when the Legislature reconvenes. They've also gotten allies in the Bush administration to attempt to block states from limiting pollution from cars and trucks. So we need to make sure that Oregon's elected officials hear from thousands of Oregonians that they want the Clean Cars program put in place.

Please take a second to submit your own comment to DEQ - and to your state representative - on why it's important that Oregon be a leader and finalize the decision to bring clean cars to the state.  Then, please ask your friends and family in Oregon to help by forwarding this email to them.

To take action, please click here or paste this link into your web browser:
http://ospirg.org/OR.asp?id=1318&id3=OR&id4=ES

Sincerely, 

Maureen Kirk
OSPIRG Executive Director
MaureenK at ospirg.org
http://www.OSPIRG.org

P.S.  Thanks again for your support.  Please feel free to share this e-mail with your family and friends.

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Tony McCormick
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