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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 low-carbon fuel standards, and committed to a timeline for transitioning to 100% clean electricity.

Climate Solutions is working in Oregon to:  

  • Promote 100% clean energy: With support from Climate Solutions and other partners, Multnomah County and the cities of Milwaukie and 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:

Oregon State Government

Oregon businesses building power for a clean economy

by Carrie Hearne on September 29, 2015

The Renew Oregon coalition is bringing Oregon businesses together with other voices for climate action. The list of companies backing the Oregon…

Oil versus Optimism

by Gregg Small on July 17, 2015

Tough legislative sessions in Washington and Oregon are over. But we, together with an inspiring coalition, are just getting started.

Oregon's curvy road toward clean energy

by Kristen Sheeran on July 15, 2015

The 2015 Oregon legislative session concluded last week, and the outcomes for climate were decidedly mixed. With a clear win on clean fuels, there…

400 Oregon businesses call for clean energy and climate protection

by Northwest Business for Climate Action on July 9, 2015

Oregon businesses are responding in ever-increasing numbers to the threat of global warming, and the ways climate change is harming our state's…

Green investment surging; rethinking weatherization

by Seth Zuckerman on June 29, 2015

Oil drilling suspended in Canadian Arctic, clean fuel rule survives challenge in Oregon, New York State sets higher climate targets, and more news of…

Backroom deal doesn’t compare with clean fuels program

by Kristen Sheeran on June 24, 2015

The oil industry wants to protect their monopoly, and wash their hands of responsiblity for cleaning our air and protecting the climate. That's what'…

Oregon businesses: climate progress is in your hands

by Carrie Hearne on June 18, 2015

With Oregon legislators threatening to repeal the state's recently-enacted Clean Fuels program, and with no other signs of climate policy progress …

Defend clean fuels in Oregon!

by Kristen Sheeran on June 15, 2015

You know you’re doing something right when Big Oil is working this hard to stop you. 

Keep the wheels turning for Oregon’s clean economy

by Lisa Adatto on February 4, 2015

On February 2, the first day of the Oregon Legislature, the Senate Environment & Natural Resources committee will

Super session in Salem starts today

by Kristen Sheeran on February 2, 2015

Working together, we can make sure Oregon seizes the day. Here’s a rundown of several priorities and upcoming events in 2015.

Few bright spots for climate in midterm election results

by Seth Zuckerman on November 10, 2014

A few victories soften the blow of an otherwise painful midterm election, Oregon NGO cleanses its portfolio of fossil fuels, Brazil attracts cheap…

Autumn action

by Bobby Hayden on October 10, 2014

It’s been an eventful Fall already in the world of climate and clean energy, with more in store. Check out the latest news and upcoming events from…

Coal in the Northwest: let's keep winning this fight

by Beth Doglio on September 24, 2014

There's no need for massive investments in coal export infrastructure; Let’s leave that in the past, build on recent victories, and commit to a…

Coal exports take a hit, solar microgrid rising

by Seth Zuckerman on August 18, 2014

Vermont breaks ground on a solar-powered microgrid, Oregon rejects Ambre Energy's coal export plan, acidic ocean waters get attention coast to coast…

Homegrown solutions for our health, environment, and economy

by Bobby Hayden on July 8, 2014

Oregon’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…

2017: The highlights were pretty bright

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 progress at the speed and scale our climate crisis demands.

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Oregon Capitol at night

Assessing climate progress at the Oregon legislature

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 transportation, but with global warming already harming our health, economy, and natural systems –that's just not good enough. 

 

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