Photo of sunrise over Steens Mountain - Little Blitzen Gorge, 2016
So… What just happened in Salem?
Oregon’s 2021 legislative session has come to a close. We’ve made some major progress on statewide climate action, but before we dive into those details, let’s talk about how we got here.
Climate policy
Capitol dome

Rage against the Manchin

The West Virginia Senator stands in the path of crucial climate progress. Also: what's in the Democrats' climate plan? And Oregon has the opportunity to expand clean transportation on its roads.

Smoke rising above trees

It's the 11th hour for climate and Congress

We all know the weather is getting weirder and worse. Pollution from fossil fuels is fueling the climate crisis.

louisiana national guard rescue after hurricane ida flooding

A textbook case of climate-fueled extremism

Clean trucks zoom ahead, Hurricane Ida roundup, and updates on 100% clean nationwide

Sunset over a smoky sky

Rein in the biggest polluters, avert climate chaos

Oregon's Department of Environmental Quality has been developing rules to hold our state's biggest polluters accountable for the first time, but we're losing ground to industry lobbyists.

ClimateCast - extreme weather in the NW

Making sense of a scary climate report

THe long-awaited new IPCC climate report is out this week. It includes good news as well as very bad news.

city skyline with text overlay "clean and safe buildings"

Clean Buildings: Help King County keep leading on climate

We’re used to thinking of transportation as the big source of greenhouse gas emissions. But while they don't move, buildings still emit carbon and air pollution.

oregon gov kat brown signing 100% clean electricity law surrounded by supporters

100% clean despite the heat

A federal "down payment" on climate (?), green hydrogen, and a note on this summer's extreme heat 

Photo of sunrise over Steens Mountain - Little Blitzen Gorge, 2016

So… What just happened in Salem?

Oregon’s 2021 legislative session has come to a close. We’ve made some major progress on statewide climate action, but before we dive into those details, let’s talk about how we got here.

Bird and flowers

Time to tell Congress: no climate action, no deal

This really may be our best and last chance to pass the climate investments we need at the federal level. Act now!

Satellite image of wildfire damage

Can Congress get real on clean energy?

Climate advocates put pressure on lawmakers as western states suffer drought and extreme heat

Capitol dome

Rage against the Manchin

The West Virginia Senator stands in the path of crucial climate progress. Also: what's in the Democrats' climate plan? And Oregon has the opportunity to expand clean transportation on its roads.
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11th Annual CUB Policy Conference

Increasingly, the Pacific Northwest sees the impacts of climate change in real time. Recently, catastrophic wildfires and wind and ice storms have placed a massive strain on our energy systems. In severe cases, customers have been left without power for days or weeks on end. Meanwhile, our policy climate is shifting decidedly toward a model of 100% clean electricity. Increasing reliance on variable resources raises questions of resource adequacy and reliability. How can we reliably heat and cool everyone’s homes, while keeping service affordable for all?