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!