The Portland Metro region must shift to more sustainable transportation choices for our current and future communities. Bold action is necessary to restructure our system to be healthier, cleaner, more efficient and more equitable. We must dramatically reduce Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT) in the region and expand non-single-occupancy-vehicle options. The urgency of the climate crisis as well as our communities’ needs for air quality improvements also requires us to ensure that the remaining cars, buses and trucks on our roads are fossil-fuel-free. Read more
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.
A majority of Oregonians support climate action, especially as our own communities experience impacts of the climate crisis—like the floods hurting Eastern Oregon right now and the more intense droughts and wildfires of the past several years. We cannot waste another year debating whether Oregon should step up and address this climate emergency. Now is the time to act! Read more
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.
We won major climate and clean energy victories in 2019, but we are entering 2020 with a list of unfinished business in both Washington and Oregon. Here's how we're going on the offense this year for climate progress.
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.