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Photo of Oregon river in a forest

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 energy efficiency standards, and committed to a timeline for transitioning to 100% clean electricity.

Climate Solutions is working in Oregon to:

Incorporate a racial and social justice lens in our work

We must ensure that we are addressing historic injustices and current inequities that disproportionately affect Black, Indigenous and people of color as well as low-income communities. Without incorporating these injustices into our climate solutions, we will not succeed in creating a livable and just world where we can all thrive.

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Ensure the state adopts 100% clean energy

Climate Solutions is a supporting member of the 100% Clean Energy Opportunity Campaign, a statewide coalition advocating for the adoption of a 100% clean energy commitment, establishment of a special utility rate class for low-income Oregonians, and home upgrades to help improve the health of families across the state. Multnomah County and the cities of Milwaukie and Portland have already 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 according to our recent transportation research report, decarbonizing our grid, while both electrifying our transportation system and reducing our vehicle miles traveled are key ways to clean it up. We are working with local governments, transit districts, and utility providers to equitably accelerate transportation electrification by adopting medium and heavy duty zero-emission regulations, building more publicly accessible and affordable charging stations, promoting financial incentives for individual and fleet EV purchases, supporting transportation options and programs that are inclusive to community needs,  encouraging transit agencies to buy zero-emission electric buses, and working in coalition to advocate for a clean, and just transportation system. 

Advocate for energy-efficient buildings

Heating and powering our homes and businesses generates a substantial amount of our climate-changing pollution and contributes to energy burden experienced disproportionately by low-income communities, renters and communities of color (paying three times more than average). 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 (decreasing energy burden), and improve air quality where we live and work.

Stop new investments in coal, and the oil and gas industry

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

Coal exports take a hit, solar microgrid rising

by Seth Zuckerman on August 18, 2014

Vermont breaks ground on a solar-powered microgrid, Oregon rejects Ambre Energy's coal export plan, acidic ocean waters get attention coast to coast…

Homegrown solutions for our health, environment, and economy

by Bobby Hayden on July 8, 2014

Oregon’s Clean Fuels Program is a great step forward. But oil companies are threatening the program’s very existence before it has a real chance to…

Renewables soak up more love in the heartland

by Seth Zuckerman on April 28, 2014

In this week’s ClimateCast: Climate politics shifting in renewables’ favor;  a climate denier changes his stripes; Gov. Kitzhaber comes out against…

Stand with Governor Kitzhaber on coal export

by Joëlle Robinson on April 9, 2014

Recently, Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber stated that "It's time to say NO once and for all to coal exports."  We couldn't agree more!  Take a minute…

Spring Forward

by Ann Gravatt on March 13, 2014

This is the week of sleepy (read: grumpy) kids in my house, due to the return of daylight savings time. But even a household disrupted doesn’t…

2017: The highlights were pretty bright

Yes, 2017 was an awful year in many ways. But it was also a year of transition for climate action. We and many others affirmed our ability to make progress at the speed and scale our climate crisis demands.

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Oregon Capitol at night

Assessing climate progress at the Oregon legislature

Oregon’s 2017 legislative session goes down as a mixed bag for climate and clean energy. We stopped a major rollback and secured funding for transportation, but with global warming already harming our health, economy, and natural systems –that's just not good enough. 

 

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