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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

Assessing climate progress at the Oregon legislature

by David Van't Hof on July 19, 2017

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 …

The world (mostly) unites for climate action

by Devon Downeysmith on July 11, 2017

G20 leaders recommit to the road through Paris--with the US government on the sidelines for now. More bad news for oil, more promising economic signs…

Oregonians' Right To Clean Fuels: Back in the Fast Lane

by Meredith Connolly on July 6, 2017

We’re breathing a sigh of relief. We succeeded in protecting Oregon's Clean Fuels Program from attacks by the fossil fuel industry, while also…

Clean energy strengthens power grids, prosperity, people and the planet

by Devon Downeysmith on June 27, 2017

The fast expansion of solar and wind energy is strengthening power grids; resistance continues to climate intransigence; sour outlook for fossil fuel…

Window closing soon for climate action at the Oregon Legislature

by David Van't Hof on June 21, 2017

As Oregon’s 2017 legislative session enters its final weeks, we’re fighting hard to take the steps forward we urgently need.  

Cities and states tell world: We will always have Paris

by Seth Zuckerman on June 12, 2017

Coal kills more people annually than it employs, Nevada restores solar net-metering, Los Angeles tests subsidized electric-car-sharing in low-income…

Clean Fuels at risk in Oregon

by David Van't Hof on June 12, 2017

Oregon is at risk of moving backwards on climate change. The Oregon Senate is working behind closed doors on a plan to weaken the Clean Fuels program…

Turning the wheel of revolution

by Gregg Small on June 6, 2017

Following Portland and Multnomah County, our region can and will lead the way towards 100% clean energy.

Oregon’s largest city and county take bold step towards 100% clean

by David Van't Hof on June 2, 2017

The same day President Trump announced his disastrous decision to pull out of the Paris Climate Agreement, Portland and Multnomah County became the…

Your help is needed to protect Clean Fuels in Oregon

by David Van't Hof on May 19, 2017

Fossil fuel companies are stepping up their attacks on one of Oregon’s most successful strategies to reduce climate pollution: the Clean Fuels…

Craving for clean energy leads Microsoft to quit PSE

by Seth Zuckerman on April 17, 2017

Portland and Multnomah County aim for 100% renewable energy, Tesla announces electric semi and pick-up trucks, Maryland to offer tax credits for…

What Oregon's Clean Energy Jobs bill does (and why you should care)

by Meredith Connolly on April 5, 2017

Everything you wanted to know about cap and invest but were afraid to ask. 

Cully neighborhood test drives electric car sharing

by Mara Gross on March 30, 2017

Last week, Drive Oregon kicked off an EV pilot project that makes three electric cars available to Hacienda CDC and community members in Portland's …

Ten US states show economic benefits from capping climate pollution

by Meredith Connolly on March 29, 2017

The track records of nine Northeastern states and California, which have already put a price on carbon pollution, show us what a tremendous…

Keeping the Frack Out: Clean Energy for Oregon

by David Van't Hof on March 20, 2017

Building new gas-fired power plants will lock Oregon into decades of climate-disrupting fossil fuel energy at a moment when clean energy sources like…

Oregon Capitol in spring

Your advocacy is working!

Submitted by Zach Baker on Tue, 04/02/2019 - 00:00

Oregon is getting closer to passing landmark climate legislation. Your help is needed to send the strongest possible bill to the floor for a vote. 

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Initial take on Clean Energy Jobs bill release

Submitted by Mara Gross on Fri, 02/01/2019 - 09:10

The Oregon Legislature has released a draft of the Clean Energy Jobs bill. Climate Solutions is focused on passing a strong policy that reduces emissions quickly, holds polluters accountable, invests in clean energy projects across the state, and ensures a majority of investments benefit those most impacted by climate change.

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