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Readers respond: Steer toward electric vehicles – OregonLive


In response to “Climate change and hot, dry summers mean big trouble for Oregon’s trees” (Sept. 17): Oregon’s breathtaking fall foliage is dwindling as forest fires have burned record areas in recent years. The intensity and frequency of wildfires is fueled by climate change, and transportation is the No. 1 contributor to global warming in the U.S. and in Oregon. Luckily, electric vehicles can offer a way to change course, and there’s never been a better time to go electric.

With zero tailpipe emissions and less than half the carbon emissions of gas-powered cars, electric vehicles are key to decarbonizing our transportation sector. They even offer reduced maintenance and fuel costs and can help make our electric grid more resilient in the face of weather-related disasters. More than 36,000 electric vehicles are registered in Oregon, and with the state’s Clean Vehicle Rebate Program, buyers can save thousands when buying or leasing new and used electric cars.

For National Drive Electric Week, leaders from across the country, including Eugene Mayor Lucy Vinis and U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley, joined Environment America in a new video to explain why they support bold investments in electric vehicles and charging infrastructure. To protect Oregon’s beautiful forests and a livable climate for us all, it’s time to leave gas-guzzling cars in the rearview mirror and make the transition to clean electric vehicles a reality.

Jessie Kochaver, Portland



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