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Environmental Advocates Call For Federal Climate Initiatives To Offset Global Warming, Pollution

Brian Bull

Supporters of a tougher federal climate policy gathered outside Eugene’s federal courthouse today.  And some represented small businesses.

Speakers advocated for investing in clean energy and transportation initiatives, and creating jobs to go with it.  

Credit Brian Bull / KLCC
Hakan Hekimogolu, co-owner of e-bike store Electric Avenue.

Hakan Hekimogolu, co-owner of Electric Avenue, spoke alongside one of his store’s electric bikes.  He said bikes remain one of the most eco-friendly forms of transport, and an ally in combating climate change.

“From 2010 to 2020, Oregon has experienced twelve extreme weather events, costing the state up to $5 billion in damages," said Hekimogolu. "These events have alerted the landscape of some of Oregon’s most precious natural habitats.” 

The event was part of a $10 million campaign across twelve states calling for reduced carbon emissions.

A bipartisan infrastructure plan is being reconciled in the House of Representatives, though many environmentalists say it needs to go further in modernizing infrastructure.

Dylan Plummer of the Sierra Club said they support the $3.5 trillion package championed by Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.  And Joseph McKinney of Oregon Roads Inc. added that much of the language in the most recently-passed version of the infrastructure bill supported outdated forms of transportation, and wanted more in terms of "infrastructure of the future."

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Brian Bull is an assistant professor of journalism at the University of Oregon, and remains a contributor to the KLCC news department. He began working with KLCC in June 2016.   In his 27+ years as a public media journalist, he's worked at NPR, Twin Cities Public Television, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Wisconsin Public Radio, and ideastream in Cleveland. His reporting has netted dozens of accolades, including four national Edward R. Murrow Awards (22 regional),  the Ohio Associated Press' Best Reporter Award, Best Radio Reporter from  the Native American Journalists Association, and the PRNDI/NEFE Award for Excellence in Consumer Finance Reporting.
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