All blog posts related to the issue: Energy
  • Wyden Highlights Energy Efficiency During Fourth of July Week

    Energy efficiency was the buzzword during Senator Wyden’s Fourth of July week in Oregon. In Eugene, Senator Wyden toured the energy efficient Broadway Commerce Building and participated in an energy efficiency roundtable hosted by Pivot Architecture. He then joined energy efficiency leaders, including Bonneville Power Administration Administrator Bill Drummond, Portland City Commissioner Steve Novick, and Representative Jules Bailey, to tour the under-construction Eastside Exchange building and to discuss the importance of energy efficiency. At both roundtables, Senator Wyden pressed the need to bring Shaheen-Portman energy efficiency legislation to the Senate floor for a vote. Energy efficiency equals more jobs, more savings, and less pollution.

    Continuing to uphold his promise of conducting a town hall meeting in every Oregon county every year, Senator Wyden held his 671st town hall at the Albany Boys and Girls Club in Linn County. Afterwards, it was time to shoot hoops and answer questions from the kids at the Club!

    It was then on to Pendleton, where Senator Wyden met with wheat farmers, including long-time friend and farmer Mike Thorne, who continue to grow GE-free wheat- like they always have. Afterward, he joined Terry Murry at Pendleton’s KUMA radio to talk about helping make sure that buyers around the globe know Oregon wheat is -and has always been- GE-free. It is important that exports of wheat are uninterrupted. While in Pendleton, Senator Wyden also paid an impromptu visit to the National Guard Armory.

    The week wrapped up with Independence Day celebrations–flipping pancakes, marching in the Creswell parade, meeting with Boy Scout Troop 28, and, of course, fireworks in West Linn! Hope all Oregonians had a fantastic Fourth of July!

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  • Wyden Tours Hanford, Holds Town Halls

    Hanford represents an unacceptable threat to the Pacific Northwest and it’s time to move the cleanup of the radioactive waste at the site up on the list of priorities for the Senate and for the Energy and Natural Resources Committee. That was the message that came through loud and clear after Senator Wyden visited Hanford on February 19 for a day-long tour of the groundwater treatment plant, the waste tanks and the unfinished waste treatment plant. The threat comes from the combination of leaking tanks and a waste treatment plant that is behind schedule, over budget and with no completion date in sight.

    The trip, plus the announcement that six tanks of hazardous nuclear waste are now believed to be leaking, promoted Senator Wyden to ask the Government Accountability Office to investigate maintenance and monitoring procedures at Hanford.

    Hanford wasn’t the only thing on Senator Wyden’s trip. There were also town hall meetings in Lincoln, Tillamook, Sherman, Morrow and Umatilla counties along with a speech to the Medford Rotary on the need to increase the federal timber harvest in Southwestern Oregon, a visit to CDS Publications in Medford, a chance to talk with World War II and Korean War veterans at the Air and Space Museum in Eugene and watched the Oregon men’s basketball team win over Stanford.

    Senator Wyden also stopped by Portland’s own Puppet Labs and Keen Footwear. At Puppet Labs he talked tech policy, rode their “flyer,” and met employees and their company dog! Then on to visit Keen Footwear to check out their new products and hold a Q&A with employees.

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  • Wyden Speaks on Energy Policy at Portland City Club

    Last Friday, Senator Wyden spoke on how to smartly advance America's energy policy at the Portland City Club for their Friday Forum.

    Senator Wyden pointed to Oregon's historic leadership in energy and natural resources and the role Oregon can continue to play as a leader when it comes to these policies.

    Recognizing the problems facing resource-dependent communities in both Oregon and other states, Senator Wyden pledged to work towards long-term permanent solutions and get these communities off the fiscal rollercoaster.

    Turning to energy exports, Senator Wyden detailed his concerns that before exporting any energy source we must "look before we leap." Ensuring that unfettered natural gas exports don't harm U.S. consumers and manufacturers is a top priority.

    In addition to finding the "sweet spot" between energy imports and exports, as Chairman of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, Senator Wyden is committed to looking for the smart balance between traditional and renewable sources. When striking this balance, the fact that climate change is real must be taken into consideration. As Senator Wyden remarked- "inaction on climate change is not an option."

    Read or watch Senator Wyden's remarks.

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