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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 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.

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

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

by Jonathan Lee 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 Lee 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 Lee 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 Lee 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…

Shifting electric cars and buses into high gear

by Jonathan Lee on August 1, 2019

Oregon's legislature just established an ambitious statewide timeline for adopting zero-emission cars, buses, and commercial vehicles.

Shifting electric cars and buses into high gear

by Jonathan Lee on August 1, 2019

Oregon's legislature just established an ambitious statewide timeline for adopting zero-emission cars, buses, and commercial vehicles.

What Oregon's leaders got done (and didn't) for the climate

by Zach Baker on July 8, 2019

Oregon’s 2019 legislative session will likely go down in history for what did not happen for the climate - and rightly so. 

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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Electric Fedex mail truck sits parked

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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