Letters, Jan. 11
Man up, mask up
I just got back from Germany. In every business and restaurant they asked us for ID, proof of vaccination, and a mask. And they sold things.
Many here pretend that this is an unnecessary burden or bother. Man up. Mask up.
Too little, too late
This summer, the state passed legislation committing to producing all electricity in the state with clean and renewable sources. However, only 35% of the energy used in Oregon is used to produce electricity.
What about transportation? What about heating and industry? Most of our carbon emissions are not used to produce electricity, which is already mostly renewable, but instead for other purposes.
While it’s good that we are moving to sustainable electricity, it’s still not nearly enough if we want to steer away from the current course, where multiple disasters like the Almeda fire or Texas blackout rage across the country every year. I’ve been hearing about the inevitable consequences of climate change since I was a child, and the urgency with which we need to respond, and yet the government has continued to fail to respond until recently, doing what it does best by promising too little, too late.
Which is why I urge you to take action, attend city council meetings and state hearings, reach out to environmental groups to volunteer and donate, and whatever you do: don’t wait for another Almeda before responding, because the situation isn’t getting better anytime soon without massive action from regular people.