Biff Traber and Mark Gamba

Traber is mayor of Corvallis. Gamba is mayor of Milwaukie.

Oregon communities face historic drought. Not one corner of our state breathed easily during the 2020 wildfire season. Globally, cities are responsible for 70% of global warming pollution – and this reality means as they face impacts, cities can also help be a major part of the climate solution.

One of the primary sources of that pollution? The energy needed to power our homes and businesses, as it most often comes from inefficient burning of fossil fuels. Heating and powering buildings generates a substantial amount of climate and air pollution and contributes to higher energy bills that disproportionately impacts our city residents who have lower incomes — especially neighbors who are Black, Indigenous

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