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Oregon’s stunning natural beauty and history of clean energy innovation position it as a natural climate leader that can inspire action in the Northwest and beyond. However, in recent years Oregon's progress on climate action has stagnated while a growing list of states and territories have adopted carbon pricing policies, enacted more robust low-carbon fuel standards, and committed to a timeline for transitioning to 100% clean electricity.

Climate Solutions is working in Oregon to:  

  • Promote 100% clean energy: With support from Climate Solutions and other partners, Multnomah County and the cities of Milwaukie and Portland made groundbreaking commitments to 100 percent clean and renewable energy. We are helping them develop implementation plans to achieve these goals, and working with other cities and counties in Oregon to develop a groundswell of support for a 100% clean energy future.
     
  • Accelerate clean transportation: The transportation sector is Oregon's largest source of climate pollution, and accelerating the transition to electric vehicles (EVs) is a key way to clean it up. We are working with local governments, transit districts, and utility providers to build more charging stations, promote financial incentives for individual and fleet EV purchases, and encourage transit agencies to buy clean electric buses, rather than continuing to rely on dirty diesel, CNG, or other fossil fuels.
     
  • Advocate for energy-efficient buildings: Heating and powering our homes and businesses generates a substantial amount of our climate-changing pollution. We are working with partners to help Oregon move toward constructing homes and buildings that produce as much energy as they use - net zero energy buildings. If all new homes and buildings were energy efficient, we would significantly reduce our climate pollution, drastically cut energy costs for owners and renters, and improve air quality where we live and work.
     
  • Stop new investments in coal, oil, and fracked gas: The fossil fuel industry wants to keep us hooked on dangerous energy sources and use our state to expand their profits. With our urging, Oregon has already taken several momentous steps by stopping Portland General Electric from building a new fracked gas plant and ending Oregon's dependence on coal-fired power. We will continue sending a clear message that expanding fossil fuel infrastructure is not welcome in Oregon.
     

Read on for the latest updates on Climate Solutions' work in Oregon:

Oregon State Government

A climate protection plan that exempts gas power plants(?!)

by Zach Baker on January 22, 2021

The Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has proposed exempting Oregon's fossil gas power plants from the Climate Protection Program. This…

Is Oregon's clean energy transition on track?

by Jonathan Lee on January 15, 2021

Join our discussion exploring what powers our energy system today, where the trends are headed, and it all means for an energy-smart, climate-safe…

Here's your clean energy team for 2021

by Jonathan Lawson on December 17, 2020

Biden's climate picks bring experience, grit and a focus on environmental justice. Plus: Who the gas industry is targeting now, and climate book…

Urge Multnomah County to build 100% clean energy-powered libraries

by Jonathan Lee on December 8, 2020

Multnomah County voters recently approved $387 million in library construction bonds. Let's ensure this new building is 100% clean and fossil free.

Climate Leaders Live: What do the election results mean for climate action in Oregon?

by Jonathan Lee on November 2, 2020

After you vote... join the Climate Solutions Oregon team for our take on general election results and what’s next for our statewide climate action…

Mayor Mark Gamba on Measure 26-218 and local climate action

by Jonathan Lee on October 27, 2020

We recently interviewed Mark Gamba, Mayor of Milwaukie, Oregon, about the Let’s Get Moving 2020 ballot measure, the transportation improvements he’s…

Take the Climate Voter Pledge!

by Jonathan Lee on October 11, 2020

One of the strongest ways to address the climate crisis head-on is with your vote.

For Fair and Honest Elections, vote YES on Measure 107

by Meredith Connolly on October 9, 2020

Oregon’s lack of effective campaign finance limits allows corporations to buy massive influence while casting a dark shadow on state and local…

Better transit, safer streets, cleaner air for Portland: Vote YES on Measure 26-218

by Meredith Connolly and Victoria Paykar and Sara Wright on October 9, 2020

Climate Solutions and Oregon Environmental Council proudly endorse Let’s Get Moving 2020. Don’t miss your chance to vote YES on Measure 26-218 at the…

Cap-and-reduce: Will DEQ step up to the plate?

by Zach Baker on September 25, 2020

By no longer allowing industries to spew unlimited amounts of pollution into our air, DEQ's new cap-and-reduce policy can help transition Oregon to…

Support our fire-impacted neighbors in Southern Oregon

by Jonathan Lee on September 14, 2020

Thousands of people in the Rogue Valley have been displaced by wildfires and hundreds of homes, businesses, and community spaces have been destroyed…

It doesn't have to feel like Life on Mars

by Gregg Small on September 10, 2020

Our climate movement is more unified than ever, but we're reaching a critical point where we must change a lot of things all at once. Let's do this…

3 ways to cope with the smoke

by Jonathan Lee on September 9, 2020

If you live west of the Cascades in the Pacific Northwest, you likely woke up yesterday to an awful late-summer surprise (if you weren't under…

Cap-and-reduce: What’s at stake as DEQ kicks off program design

by Zach Baker on September 1, 2020

One major component of the Oregon Climate Action Plan is a directive for the state Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to set up a new program…

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