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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

The climate future I want my kids to inherit

by Meredith Connolly on October 30, 2018

In 2030, I want to be focusing on the chaos of parenting teenagers - not climate chaos.

A City’s Climate Action Plan: Interview with Milwaukie Mayor Gamba

by Mara Gross on October 16, 2018

The city is working to become entirely equitable, delightfully livable, and completely sustainable. 

Initiative endorsements in Oregon: Be a climate voter!

by Meredith Connolly on October 10, 2018

The deadline to register or update your address is October 16. Ballots are due November 6!

Success! TriMet buses going 100% diesel-free

by Meredith Connolly on September 28, 2018

The Portland region's largest transit agency has committed to transitioning to a 100% clean, diesel-free bus fleet over the next two decades.

Oregon regulators recommend strategies to decarbonize electricity

by Zach Baker on September 28, 2018

Oregon Public Utility Commission recommends changes for the electricity sector to better address climate change and equity

Is there a path out of this?

by Gregg Small on September 27, 2018

As the season shifts, so does our determination to fight—and win—on climate and clean energy.

Decision coming soon! Tell TriMet you want clean electric buses

by Meredith Connolly on September 20, 2018

TriMet is at a critical decision point on the path to zero emission electric buses, and wants to hear from you.

Legal Victory Preserves Momentum on Oregon’s Clean Fuels Program

by Mara Gross on September 7, 2018

9th Circuit upholds lower court ruling, dismissing oil industry challenge to Oregon's low carbon fuel standard

Milwaukie City Council tells TriMet: time to embrace zero emission buses

by Zach Baker on July 27, 2018

Milwaukie, OR has joined with Portland and Multnomah County, calling for transit agency TriMet to kick diesel and rapidly electrify their bus fleet!…

One Year Later: Portland and Multnomah Co.'s 100% Clean Energy Resolutions

by Zach Baker on June 1, 2018

From accelerating the transition of Oregon’s most populous city and county to clean energy, to inspiring other jurisdictions to pass their own…

What’s new in Oregon: Pricing pollution, electrifying transit, and more

by Meredith Connolly on May 24, 2018

Spring is in the air, and climate action is on the move in Oregon. 

Tell TriMet: Time to expand and electrify transit

by Meredith Connolly on May 18, 2018

If you live in the greater Portland area, your voice is needed to tell TriMet that you support frequent, affordable, zero emission transit service,…

Buses drive into the future with electric fleets

by Devon Downeysmith on May 7, 2018

The transportation sector's immense contribution to global warming makes it a very important place to reduce emissions. That and more new climate and…

2018 Oregon Legislative Roundup

by Meredith Connolly on March 6, 2018

While the Oregon legislature didn’t pass the Clean Energy Jobs bill this year, we are incredibly well-positioned to pass the policy to reduce climate…

Rural Oregon transit agency drives toward electric buses

by Alison Wiley on March 1, 2018

A southern Oregon transit leader shares what it takes to for his rural community to make the switch to electric buses. 

Oregon Capitol at night

Oregon’s legislature fails again to deliver on climate action

Once again, a minority bloc of Republican lawmakers backed by big polluters – this time in both the Senate and the House – chose to break our democratic process by refusing to show up for work for weeks, many hiding out of state. This is not how democracy is supposed to work; Oregonians deserve better.

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Rally at Oregon Capitol

Delay is denial: Oregon's climate emergency needs us all

Our #1 priority remains comprehensive statewide climate action. The bill to make this happen, Senate Bill 1530, was just passed by the joint budget committees and is currently ready for a vote on the Senate floor. However, immediately after the budget vote this morning, eleven Senate Republicans fled the Capitol yet again to deny quorum for the Senate to conduct any business.

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

Submitted by Zach Baker on Fri, 01/31/2020 - 16:28

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 on a number of other complementary bills to move the ball forward on climate – some of which are also unfinished business from last session.

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Oregon is falling behind on climate action

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, but Oregon is not among them.

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