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Clean Fuels at risk in Oregon

Unbelievable. Oregon is at risk of moving backwards on climate change.

After months of sustained assaults on climate policy by the Trump administration and just one week after the destructive decision to yank the United States out of the Paris climate agreement, the Oregon Senate is considering a plan to dismantle the Clean Fuels Program.

Together, we can stop them. Please call your Oregon legislator today.

The Oregon legislature is considering a bill sought by the petroleum lobby that weakens Clean Fuels so significantly that it could effectively kill the program.

Through House Bill 3386 and its potential amendments, the Oregon Senate is working behind closed doors to trade climate progress away to the fossil fuel industry due to threats to hold the transportation package hostage.  

The Clean Fuels Program requires oil companies to reduce carbon pollution from their gasoline and diesel fuel by 10% over ten years. It’s not a lot to ask, but it is an important step that makes a big difference for Oregon’s climate and our economy, creating hundreds of new jobs and reducing the need to import foreign gasoline and diesel.

Climate change threatens the Oregon we love. With most of us still driving cars and trucks powered by gas, the Clean Fuels Program is a key way to reduce climate pollution, offer cleaner transportation, and provide better options to all Oregonians.

Please tell your Oregon State Senator to stand strong against efforts to repeal or weaken Clean Fuels. 

David Van't Hof's picture

Acting Oregon Director

, Climate Solutions

David is an attorney with his own policy and law practice in Portland Oregon. He focuses his practice in the areas of sustainability, clean technology, renewable energy and carbon regulation, drawing from his experience as Sustainability Policy Advisor to former Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski.  In that capacity, he led the state’s participation in the Western Climate Initiative and in developing the state’s nationally recognized climate change and renewable energy policies. David has served on numerous renewable energy and energy efficiency boards and works with others on a contract basis both providing legal and policy expertise.

David was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Senegal (1989-1991).  He earned his law degree (J.D., cum laude, 1994) from the University of Michigan Law School and his undergraduate degree (B.A. Philosophy 1988) from Trinity College, Hartford CT.