By Catherine Thomasson of Portland, Oregon. Catherine is a physician and organizer for health, the environment and global warming action. She is a past national president of Physicians for Social Responsibility.
I view global warming as both the gravest threat to human health and also the greatest opportunity to change our energy basis and improve our economy and our health. The state government is in the best position to utilize this opportunity to stimulate our economy with more innovative strategies and economic opportunities.
Many Democrats understand the threat of peak oil and the health threats of fossil fuel use and climate change. However, it is tempting in this current recession to focus only on the immediate problems of unemployment and social needs. The Democrats in the legislature must continue their work to solve current and future problems by creating a clean energy economy in Oregon.
Physician for Health Reform: I have had the good fortune to work half time as a physician allowing me to devote time on some of the most important policy issues we face today. I understand the grave need for health care reform. I applaud the recent Democratic HB 2009 victory and am eager to work towards even further reforms.
As my child recently graduated from Portland Public Schools and as a citizen in the north/northeast district hard hit by the economic recession, I am concerned that the tax bills recently passed will be overturned on the ballot. This is unacceptable and I will be working hard to engage my district in understanding the need for these tax measures to support the essential social services and our schools.
Please let me know your views on District 43.