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Keeping the Frack Out: Clean Energy for Oregon

As part of its energy plan for the next several years, PGE has proposed building large, new fracked gas-burning plants at Boardman. This plan would commit Oregonians to getting our electricity from fossil fuels for more than 30 years.

Oregon and the climate can't afford another gas plant. The science is clear: fracked gas leads to destructive global warming impacts.  Building new, dirty gas-fired power plants makes no sense. In addition to the urgency of addressing climate change, the rapidly decreasing prices of wind and solar energy and the economic risks of gas investments both point to investing in renewable energy.
Send an email today to Oregon’s Public Utility Commission (PUC), as they consider whether to approve PGE’s flawed plan. PGE's proposal is a disappointing step backward from Oregon’s largest utility. They can provide reliable, affordable power with wind and solar energy, without investing in dirty fossil fuels.
Oregon's energy future is at a crossroads. We can either invest in a clean energy future, or stick customers with an expensive, climate-damaging fossil fuel power plant for another generation. This is our chance to create a clean energy future.

Author Bio

David Van't Hof

Senior Fellow, 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.

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