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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:

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3 ways you can support COVID-19 economic justice today (Oregon edition)

by Jonathan Gates on May 16, 2020

Many of the workers most essential in our communities and society, especially during the COVID-19 crisis, are also am

Oregon fills leadership gap on parallel COVID, climate crises

by Meredith Connolly on April 24, 2020

Global warming has not paused to respect social distancing during these ‘corona times.’ However, in early March, Oregon Governor Kate Brown delivered…

3 more ways to support a just response to COVID-19 and climate this week (Oregon edition)

by Jonathan Gates on April 16, 2020

THIS WEEK: Help keep students fed in your community, give blood, and support your local domestic violence shelter.

3 more ways to support a just response to COVID-19 and climate this week (Oregon edition)

by Jonathan Gates on April 10, 2020

Support the Oregon Food Bank, give to Causa's Oregon Worker Relief Fund, and get your COVID-19 news from reputable sources.

Oregon reclaims leadership on bold climate action

by Zach Baker on March 10, 2020

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has fulfilled her long-standing promise to take strong executive action to curb climate pollution. Learn more about what it…

Oregon reclaims leadership on bold climate action

by Zach Baker on March 10, 2020

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has fulfilled her long-standing promise to take strong executive action to curb climate pollution. Learn more about what it…

Climate Emergency! Meet us in Salem

by Meredith Connolly on February 7, 2020

A majority of Oregonians support climate actio

Clean. Electricity. Everywhere.

by Jonathan Lawson on February 7, 2020

Climate progress confirmed as a top-tier political issue. Duh!

It's go-time for the Oregon Legislature to pass cap-and-invest

by Zach Baker on January 31, 2020

As we head into the 2020 session, we’re doing everything we can to ensure the Legislature passes a strong cap and invest policy. We’re also working…

YES: Oregon will lead on climate in 2020

by Meredith Connolly on January 24, 2020

Climate and clean energy advocates are determined to make 2020 a year of climate progress in Oregon. Here's how.

Oregon is falling behind on climate action

by Jonathan Gates on January 6, 2020

A growing list of states and territories have adopted carbon pricing policies, enacted more robust low-carbon fuel standards, and committed to a…

Maintaining hope in the age of climate change

by Devon Downeysmith on December 20, 2019

What it's like to read climate news every day: some days, it’s inspiring. Other days, it weighs heavy on the heart.

Remind AAA of Oregon to #DoBetterOnClimate

by Jonathan Gates on December 4, 2019

We need one more big push to make clear to AAA of Oregon and other corporate interests that blocking climate action is bad for business.

FILED: 100% clean air ballot initiatives

by Jonathan Gates on October 31, 2019

Earlier this week, our coalition of partners officially filed critical climate protection ballot measures with the Oregon Secretary of State's office…

AAA Gets a Triple "F" on Climate Policy

by Meredith Connolly on September 12, 2019

The end of Oregon’s 2019 legislative session exposed some of the egregious corporate lobbying in Salem that blocks climate action – sometimes in…

3 ways to cope with the smoke

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 wildfire threat already): a blanket of unhealthy wildfire smoke.
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Clean Trucks for Justice

Our state needs to prioritize cleaning up the delivery trucks, transit and school buses, big rigs, and other commercial vehicles that make up the medium and heavy duty transportation sector.
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