Guest Viewpoint: Solar ballot measure opinion editorial

We all know we need to do something about global warming before it’s too late. In order to protect Oregon’s beautiful environment for the future, we need to get more of our energy from the sun and less from dirty sources like coal.

Oregon currently only gets .02% of its energy from solar energy, but with current technology, we could get up to 10% of our energy from solar by 2025.

Cloudier places like Massachusetts and Germany already get over 400 times more solar than us, through policies like allowing community solar arrays, and paying businesses and residents when their solar panels generate surplus solar electricity back to the grid. And other states have been able to enact policies like these because their Governor’s established strong solar goals.

The Governor pays a lot of attention to what the UO does, so if the student body asks her to make a strong commitment to addressing global warming, she will listen.

That’s why students are voting on our ballot measure this week- to say they support asking the Governor to commit Oregon to 10% solar by 2025!

In the next few weeks we will meet with the Governor and lobby her on this issue, and we want to bring a message of support with us from the student body. Students should sign on and vote yes on the solar ballot measure in the ASUO elections.

Voting in the ASUO elections is happening online now on DuckWeb. Global warming is the issue of our generation…take action today!

Climate Justice League
Beatriz Gutierrez, ASUO President
Miles Sisk, ASUO Senator, EMU Board, We are Oregon
Helena Schlegel, UO Board of Trustees, UO Forward
Joaquin Ramos, ASUO State Affairs, MEChA, Ducks F.R.S.T.
Will Iversen, ASUO Senator, Senate Treasurer, Gosh Darn Independent
Andrew Lubash, ASUO Senator, ACFC
Elle Mallon, LBTQA, Theta Pi Sigma, Ducks F.R.S.T.
Brian McBeth, Non-Traditional Student Union
Casey Edwards, UO Forward

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