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Posted: Thursday, October 14, 2004 5:19 PM
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Where: The Grove: 1033 NW Bond Street, Downtown Bend

When: Thursday, October 28, 5:30-6:45 PM

Why: This "drive-in" is a chance for you to meet other Central Oregon hybrid car owners and biodiesel users. It’s high time to come together to celebrate your thoughtful choice of cars and fuels! The drive-in will occur the same evening as a public meeting on global warming in Bend. We hope you will join us at the drive-in and then attend the public meeting to testify in support of cleaner cars and fuels, or simply to listen in. (See information on the public hearing below.)

RSVP: Please RSVP to Chris Hagerbaumer of OEC at 503-222-1963 x102 or [email protected] .

* Appetizers will be provided by the Oregon Environmental Council (OEC).

* If you plan to attend the public hearing, consider parking in the Deschutes County Commissioners Building parking lot at 1300 NW Wall Street and walking to the restaurant. We’d like to fill the Courthouse parking lot with hybrid cars and cars burning biodiesel to signal that solutions to climate change already exist.



Bend Global Warming Public Meeting
Comment on the Governor’s Advisory Group on Global Warming Draft Report

Where: Deschutes County Commissioners Hearing Room: 1300 NW Wall Street, Bend

When: Thursday, October 28, 7:00-9:00 PM

Why: Earlier this year, Governor Kulongoski appointed an Advisory Group on Global Warming to recommend a strategy to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions that threaten Oregon and the planet. The Advisory Group will hold a public comment period from October 11 to November 15 on its draft recommendations, including public meetings in Medford, Bend and Portland. One recommendation of the Advisory Group is to adopt California’s tailpipe standards, which would result in huge reductions in greenhouse gas emission and greater use of hybrid technology. Another recommendation is to promote biofuel use and production. The members of the Advisory Group need to hear your support for these strong recommendations; they will be under a great deal of pressure to take a weaker stance!


* To view the draft report of the Advisory Group visit after October 11, or call 800-221-8035 to request a copy. If you are unable to attend the public meeting, comments on the report can be sent to Kathy King, Oregon Department of Energy, 625 Marion Street NE, Salem, OR 97301, or e-mail [email protected] .

* OEC believes the key elements of a successful strategy must include:
o Setting science-based goals and creating a state mandate to arrest and reverse the growth of greenhouse gas emissions that threaten Oregon and the world.

o Adopting tough greenhouse gas emission standards for cars, as California has done.
o Promoting renewable fuels, such as biodiesel and ethanol. On a lifecycle basis, biodiesel's carbon dioxide emissions are 78% lower than diesel derived from petroleum.

o Establishing a standard that pushes our utilities to provide an increasing share of electricity from renewable sources.

o Seizing every opportunity to promote energy efficiency, which saves money as well as preventing climate change. The cleanest power is the power we never have to produce.

* Global warming promises to bring Oregon more 100 degree summer days, increasing the prospect of smog and wildfires. Warmer temperatures may be an even greater threat in the fall, winter and spring. As the air warms, more snow will turn to rain. Our Cascade snow packs are ultimately predicted to dwindle by 50%! That means less water in summer for everyone: farmers, homeowners, industrial users, and salmon and other native species. The earlier snowmelt will also increase the likelihood of spring flooding
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