REMARKS AS PREPARED
EV Roadmap 10 Conference
June 21, 2017
Thank you Jeff Allen and Forth for organizing this year’s EV Roadmap 10 Conference. Thank you also to today’s partners, working together to give Oregon a vision of a clean-vehicle future.
Oregon is a pioneer in sustainable development. We are known for our innovative transportation strategies, land use policies, sustainability, and livability.
And we’ve blazed new trails by investing in the West Coast Electric Highway and pursuing strategies to help reach our greenhouse gas reduction goals.
As Oregonians, we have shown you can support both economic development and the environment at the same time.
Last year, I was proud to sign into law the nation’s first “Coal-to-Clean” law that gives Oregon a future free from coal-powered electricity, while doubling the amount of clean, renewable energy to 50% by 2040.
The “Coal to clean” bill also launches a 21st Century transportation electrification program to spur new investments in infrastructure that will transform Oregon’s passenger travel network.
There are many opportunities to grow the clean economy, and adopting policies like these is essential to attracting jobs and investments to Oregon.
This isn’t naive optimism. We know clean energy fuels a thriving economy. And we have the receipt to prove it.
Right now, we have nearly 14,000 electric vehicles on the road and over 1,000 public charging stations in Oregon. And these numbers are growing every day.
But today, we are still not on track to meet critical greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets. And we know the transportation sector, which account for almost 40% of Oregon’s greenhouse gas emissions, is a low-hanging fruit that is ripe for innovation.
This is why your work and focus on electric vehicles and EV infrastructure is so important.
While Oregon is a small part of the global climate challenge, we can play a large role in finding innovative solutions to preserve our natural resources, reduce carbon, and create a cleaner and greener energy mix of the future.
Despite the decision by the White House to retreat, it is our moral obligation and an economic imperative to fulfill the goals of the Paris Agreement.
The Paris Agreement is a blueprint for job creation, stability and global prosperity. I will travel to Bonn this November for the next Climate Change Conference because the Paris Agreement is our best chance we have to create jobs, promote trade, spur innovation, and preserve American competitiveness in a 21st century economy.
In addition to governors, mayors, and leaders around the world who are committed to combating climate change, we know as individuals, we too can make big changes.
More and more, Oregon drivers are turning to electric vehicles -- a clean, cost effective transportation option.
Thanks to Forth and its statewide network of partners, we’re making electric vehicle ownership accessible to even more Oregonians, all while supporting continued innovation in Oregon’s related industries.
How we get from one place to another matters. Oregon is the ideal place to test drive the future of the 21st century transportation infrastructure.
PGE and Pacific Power are doing just that. In communities throughout the state, they are building out electric bus fleets, building more “Electric Avenues,” and informing consumers about the benefits of electric transportation.
Companies and innovators driving EV manufacturing are leading the way to make EVs more accessible to Oregonians.
Now more than ever, we all must remain committed in the fight against climate change. We must continue to tell the global community that We’re Still In.
The consequences of climate change are already impacting communities across the West Coast and threatening the long-term sustainability of our natural resource-based economies. We cannot stand idly by.
As Governor of Oregon, I will continue to work with leaders on the West Coast, across the country, and around the world to address the challenge of climate change, innovate our energy supply, and develop a transportation network to carry us into the next century.
Thank you again for being here today. I look forward to working with you to keep Oregon moving forward.