All blog posts related to the issue: Natural Resources
  • Wyden Attends Klamath Basin Task Force Meeting

    Last weekend, Senator Wyden headed to Klamath Falls to meet with members of the Klamath Basin Task Force. The Task Force has made significant progress since Wyden called for its creation in July, to address decades-old water issues. Members of the 27-member task force have already identified ways to cut the cost of an agreement, which is key to passing a bill through Congress.  Senator Wyden said after the meeting, “the Klamath Basin Task Force is the gold standard for collaboration.” 

     After the Task Force’s meeting, Senator Wyden had the privilege of participating in the National Down Syndrome Society Buddy Walk in Eugene. This is the 7th year of the Buddy Walk in Eugene where hundreds of participants walk to promote acceptance and inclusion of people with Down Syndrome. There, he met with two of Oregon’s biggest advocates for those with Down Syndrome and their families- Karen Gaffney, President of the Karen Gaffney Foundation, and Sydney Shook, the Director of the Arc Families Connected Program. It was wonderful to participate in such a great event with inspirational people like Karen!

  • 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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