Friday’s tour events included a lobby meeting and a radio interview on KSKQ in Southern Oregon.
The day started with a 30-minute meeting with Katelyn Pay, the Southern Oregon Director for Rep. Greg Walden, at his Medford Office. Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL) volunteers Sherrill Rinehart, David Morse, Forrest Roth, and Brian Ettling attended.
Brian gave an update on the most recent cities visited on the Oregon Stewardship Tour: Lakeview and Klamath Falls. Brian shared his surprise while visiting Lakeview that they are a net exporter of clean energy. He emphasized that he and Sherrill were amazed by all of the development and commitment to clean energy in Lake County. Brian shared with Katelyn that Lakeview represents a terrific model for the future for Oregon and nationwide how a community transition to clean energy while creating jobs at the same time.
Our primary ask in this meeting was for Katelyn to ask Rep. Walden to join the bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus and consider supporting CCL’s carbon fee and dividend proposal. Overall, this was a very productive, friendly and helpful meeting for building relationships between constituents and Rep. Walden’s office.
Late in the afternoon from 3 pm to 5 pm, Sherrill Rinehart invited members of the Southern Oregon CCL Chapter to meet at her house for a fun social gathering and for Brian to share what he learned traveling across Oregon District 2 during the past weeks. The group enjoyed hearing Brian’s stories and lessons learned during the tour.
At 5:10 pm, Brian then went to Ashland independent radio station KSKQ 89.5 FM for a scheduled live interview. Brian shared his background how he first discovered and got involved with CCL. The radio hosts reacted very positively to Brian’s background information about himself, CCL’s carbon fee and dividend solution, and how that solution would help dramatically less air pollution.
At the end of the interview, the radio host wanted Brian or another local CCL volunteer back in three months for another interview. Even more, he offered to do public service announcements for future Southern Oregon Citizens’ Climate Lobby monthly meetings held in Ashland. The positive enthusiasm for CCL by the KSKQ radio staff was a wonderful way to wrap up the day and a high note as the Oregon Stewardship Tour is almost complete.