Sponsored by: Rachel Ozretich, Gail Wolcott Approved: 07/16/2005
A RESOLUTION OF THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY OF OREGON
A RESOLUTION OF THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY OF OREGON REGARDING A RESPONSIBLE OREGON ENERGY POLICY
WHEREAS, climate and related economic disruptions are increasing as the environment reacts to global warming from increased atmospheric concentrations of CO2 and other greenhouse gases generated by burning fossil fuels; and
WHEREAS, the world supplies of crude oil, coal, and natural gas are finite and the oil and gas available for U.S. consumption will soon be limited by (a) the rate of oil production by other nations, (b) the decreasing rate of discovery of new oil and gas resources, and (c) the amount of energy and environmental change required to recover the oil found in difficult-to-recover forms such as oil sands and shale; and
WHEREAS, reducing Oregon’s dependence on oil and natural gas and stimulating the development of energy-efficient technologies and renewable energy resources will increase the competitiveness of Oregon’s economy and provide a model for a responsible national energy policy; and,
WHEREAS, it appears that federal adoption of more stringent CAFE standards or other requirements for improved fuel efficiency for passenger cars and light trucks may not occur in a timely manner,
NOW, THEREFORE, THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY OF OREGON RESOLVES AS FOLLOWS:
Section 1. To encourage our State legislators to support Oregon’s adoption of the California Clean Cars program, which would create strong emission standards for cars, and require that a percentage of vehicles sold in Oregon be advanced technology low- or zero-emissions vehicles.
Section 2. To encourage our state legislators to support and encourage Oregon’s adoption of any and all cost-effective alternative vehicle fuel production means that can be used for fuel production in Oregon, to create more jobs within Oregon, and decrease Oregon’s reliance on fuels produced elsewhere. ADOPTED by the Democratic Party of Oregon on 16th day of July, 2005.
Resolution written by Rachel Ozretich of Benton County and submitted by Gail Wolcott of the Platform and Resolutions Committee
Platform and Resolutions Committee recommends adoption.