CANNING IS FIRST WOMAN EVER TO RUN IN THE DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY IN OR-04, OPPOSES JORDAN COVE FRACKED GAS PIPELINE AND LNG EXPORT TERMINAL
Eugene, Or. -- Democratic Congressional primary challenger Doyle Canning picked up her first national endorsement today in her bid to unseat 33-year incumbent and House Transportation & Infrastructure Chairman, Peter Defazio.
350 Action’s Policy Director, Natalie Mebane announced today: “We are excited to support the next generation of climate leaders in Congress. As we enter the climate decade, it is critical to amplify forward-thinking candidates whose platforms are the zeitgeist of how we address the climate crisis. McKayla Wilkes, Marie Newman, and Doyle Canning are candidates who exemplify what we call a bold vision for climate and environmental justice in their support for a Green New Deal and for an end to fossil fuel extraction. ”
In addition to Doyle Canning, 350 Action endorsed incumbents Senator Ed Markey (D-MA), Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY-14) and Ilhan Omar (MN-05) for 2020.
“I am running to take a stand against the expansion of fracking and fossil fuel pipelines, here in my district and across the country. We are out of time for anything less than a full scale mobilization to transition our country off of fossil fuels and onto renewable energy, rapidly and permanently-- and we must make the polluters - not working people - pay for it.” Canning said Tuesday.
Canning’s candidacy has already been endorsed by the leading climate groups her district: 350 Eugene Climate Emergency PAC, Sunrise Movement Corvallis and Sustainable Energy and Economy Network. This is her first national endorsement, and will increase the national profile of her race. As 350 Action explains, “For our top candidates, we’ll do everything in our power to get them elected. From registering voters, to creative storytelling to knocking on doors to get out the vote, we will work hard to see our champions take their seats in office.”
Canning has spent her 20 year career in community organizing, standing with communities to protect the climate and fight for environmental justice. She is also a graduate of the University of Oregon School of Law’s top tier environmental program, where she delivered a TedX talk on her vision for the Green New Deal.
“Here in southwest Oregon we have world class offshore wind potential, and some of the most important forests on the planet for carbon storage. When I serve in Congress, I will fight everyday to ensure we are leading the nation on solutions like renewable energy and regenerative forestry and creating quality jobs while cooling our planet. The future for my kids, and all future generations, is at stake. ”
Canning is running on a bold climate platform that includes a ban on fracking, liability for major fossil fuel companies for climate damages, and a Green New Deal package that delivers family-wage jobs to Oregon. The high profile 350-Action endorsement comes as Canning continues to call on Oregon’s elected leaders and candidates to take a stand with her against the proposed Jordan Cove fracked gas pipeline and LNG export terminal in Coos Bay, which observers say could be approved by the Trump Administration in early 2020, and would be the largest climate polluter in Oregon.
Doyle Canning will be speaking at Friday’s Climate Strike Rally on the Oregon State University campus from 12-1 PM at the Memorial Union, sponsored by Sunrise Movement Corvallis.
Follow Doyle on Twitter @Canning4Oregon.