Jordan Cove Energy Partners Spending Record $360K To Defeat Local Citizen Initiative
A political action committee funded entirely by Veresen owned Jordan Cove Energy Partners is spending an unprecedented $359,000 to defeat Measure 6-162. This money allows them to lie to Coos County voters with impunity. If a foreign company is willing to lie to voters, what makes you think they aren’t lying about everything else.
Vote YES! on Measure 6-162
Jobs in the clean energy economy are a key driver for America’s economic recovery and its sustained economic stability. The greening of our economy will continue to bring significant changes to the American workplace and will require workers to acquire new and different skills. – US Secretary of Labor HIlda Solis
Voting Yes! on Measure 6-162 will halt the use of eminent domain for taking private property from US citizens for non-sustainable energy infrastructure on behalf of Canadian shareholders
“(c) It shall be unlawful within Coos County for a corporation or governmental entity to engage in land acquisition necessary for the construction of a non–sustainable energy system, …”
We Need This Ordinance Because of Irresponsible Elected Officials
Melissa Cribbins and Joe Bennetti demonstrate precisely why we need to pass this ordinance. Elected officials that defend corporate privileges and refuse to protect citizens fundamental rights and approve of the use of eminent domain to benefit Canadian shareholders.
Don’t believe the hype. Using Coos County as a resource county for Canadian shareholders will not provide sustainable jobs, help our schools or entice the type of visitors or residents we want in this county. The same promises have been made in every other community where oil and gas infrastructure have been established and most have far worse economic indicators than Coos County.
Community Rights include environmental rights, such as the right to clean air, pure water, and healthy soil; worker rights, such as the right to living wages and equal pay for equal work; rights of nature, such as the right of ecosystems to flourish and evolve; and democratic rights, such as the right of local community self-government, and the right to free and fair elections.
Sustainability is about providing for the needs of the present without robbing from future generations. Coos County is a present day example of what happens to local economies after the unchecked resource extraction of the 19th and 20th century.
Coos County now has the chance to enter the 21st century by embracing sustainable jobs and by not repeating the errors of our forebears.
Climate, or more specifically climate change, along with human caused global warming is a very touchy subject in Coos County, or at least that is my experience. Despite overwhelming consensus in the scientific community and recent revelations that even Exxon/Mobil has been aware of the human impact of fossil-fuel use on climate since as early as 1977 people argue with me that the climate always changes. No one will argue this isn’t true.
Direct democracy using citizen initiatives is one way the people can affect change when our legislators will not. The Coos County Right to a Sustainable Energy Future Ordinance allows Coos County be self-determining despite state and federal overreach. It allows us to be the decision makers in our own communities.
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