Oregon State government
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:
- Enact the Clean Energy Jobs bill: This legislation would limit and put a price on climate pollution economy-wide, use the proceeds to invest in clean energy solutions, and support the communities most affected by climate change. Climate Solutions is a founding member of the Renew Oregon coalition, and along with our partners, we remain committed to passing an equitable cap-and-invest policy that ensures Oregonians are healthy and prosperous for generations to come.
- Promote 100% clean energy: With support from Climate Solutions and other partners, Multnomah County and the City of 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:
by Bobby Hayden on July 8, 2014Oregon’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 make a difference for Oregon businesses, consumers, and our communities. Read more
by Seth Zuckerman on April 28, 2014In this week’s ClimateCast: Climate politics shifting in renewables’ favor; a climate denier changes his stripes; Gov. Kitzhaber comes out against coal ports; and more. Read more
by Joëlle Robinson on April 9, 2014Recently, 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 to share this image on Facebook and post it to the Governor’s page. Read more
by Ann Gravatt on March 13, 2014This 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 squelch my love of the lost hour. It’s the signal of longer, warmer – sunnier! -- days to come, the most hopeful time of the year for me. A time to look forward. We’re doing a lot of that around Climate Solutions these days. Read more
by Eileen V. Quigley on January 23, 2013The New Energy Cities joined close to 200 Oregon mayors and city managers in Bend, OR on January 22, 2013 at the Oregon Governor’s Cutting Edge Communities Symposium. Read more