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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

Coal phaseout continues; states on fire for climate action

by Devon Downeysmith on February 27, 2018

US support increases for phasing out coal; some utilities show a greater taste for renewables, and more in this week's ClimateCast.

One step closer to limiting climate pollution in Oregon

by Meredith Connolly on February 14, 2018

On Oregon's birthday, State House and Senate Committees both advance the Clean Energy Jobs bill. 

Climate action in Oregon, and clean energy everywhere

by Devon Downeysmith on February 13, 2018

In this week's ClimateCast: An Oregon bill seeks to account for the true cost of climate pollution. Clean energy deployments are on the rise--but so…

Reducing Pollution, Investing in Solutions

by Mara Gross on January 29, 2018

Clean energy, cost saving, job creating investments from the ten states that have already put a price on climate pollution

Time to make climate history in Oregon

by Meredith Connolly on January 24, 2018

With the Clean Energy Jobs bill, we have a huge opportunity for Oregon to take a bold step in the fight against climate change. 

All Aboard! Accelerating TriMet’s transition to electric buses

by Meredith Connolly on January 18, 2018

It’s time for Oregon’s largest transit agency to stop buying new diesel buses and make the switch to electric. 

States step up to fight climate challenges

by Devon Downeysmith on January 17, 2018

Global temperatures aren't the only thing heating up--states and cities are showing an appetite this year for strong climate policy. We've got the…

Let’s make 2018 the year of clean energy in Oregon

by Meredith Connolly on January 5, 2018

As 2018 kicks off, we’re already running full steam ahead toward passing the Clean Energy Jobs bill and other strategies for transitioning Oregon to…

2017: The highlights were pretty bright

by Gregg Small on December 19, 2017

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…

Oregon Governor takes significant step to reduce climate pollution from buildings

by David Van't Hof on December 7, 2017

Oregon Governor Brown's recent executive order calls for energy efficient design in new buildings that will save people money on utility bills and…

With EV car share, driving clean is convenient and affordable

by Jair Lazaro on December 5, 2017

One family's experience with Portland's innovative EV car-sharing program.

Mainstreaming climate risk... and clean energy opportunity

by Gregg Small on November 16, 2017

Our annual dinner with Kate Gordon in Portland this week laid the groundwork for a season of effective climate action in Oregon and Washington. 

On climate disruption, ending silence and heeding science

by Devon Downeysmith on September 19, 2017

Breaking through Climate Silence  In the

Hope under heavy skies

by Gregg Small on September 7, 2017

We're gaining momentum towards 100% clean energy. Here's how we're laying the groundwork, and what comes next.

We stopped PGE’s fracked gas plants!

by David Van't Hof on August 10, 2017

In another step toward a 100% clean energy future in the Northwest, the Oregon Public Utility Commission rejected Portland General Electric’s…

FILED: 100% clean air ballot initiatives

Earlier this week, our coalition of partners officially filed critical climate protection ballot measures with the Oregon Secretary of State's office, having collected twice as many signatures as needed to qualify.

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AAA Gets a Triple "F" on Climate Policy

The end of Oregon’s 2019 legislative session exposed some of the egregious corporate lobbying in Salem that blocks climate action – sometimes in public, but many times behind the scenes in the halls of the State Capitol. One of those companies is the American Automobile Association (AAA) of Oregon.  Yes, the same AAA that you call for a lifeline when your car breaks down – but apparently that lifeline doesn’t extend to the climate emergency we’re currently experiencing.

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