Accounting for the true #CostofCarbon

Yesterday the House Energy & Environment Committee met to hold a work session and hear testimony on carbon policy. The room was packed with supporters - both in the hearing room itself and overflow space nearby.

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5 Surprising Things I Learned from Bike Commuting

By Simon Tam Though I grew up after Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band’s main era, the Boss nevertheless resonated with my generation: freedom was tied with the roaring engine of an American car. For most of my life, that was my belief–at the age of sixteen, I promptly received my driver’s license and started driving to and from school (I could have walked). Throughout most of my career I depended on my car. I believed that my car was the most versatile, comfortable, and convenient option for every situation, even though I was victim to ever-increasing gas ...

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Exciting updates to OEC’s volunteer and action network!

Join us in growing Oregon's environmental grassroots!
Are you ready to spring into action? I hope so, because I’ve got exciting news—OEC is launching a Grassroots Action & Information Network (G.A.I.N.), and you’re invited to join the fun! We’ve loved the support of our active volunteers, but now we’re ready to expand what we can offer you. Are you interested in helping OEC protect Oregon’s climate, air and water? Join us! In the past volunteer opportunities have often meant standing behind a table with one other volunteer for a few hours. We’re now focusing on activities that engage many volunteers at ...

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When The Biggest Polluters Lead on Climate, Others Will Follow

"What about China?" is a common refrain when Oregonians talk about tackling climate change. "If not them, why us?" It's time for the question to change. The United States and China–the world’s top two emitters of climate pollution–are taking the reigns on a unique opportunity to lead on climate. Last November, the US and China made a joint announcement on climate change targets. This set the stage for President Obama to submit US targets in international climate negotiations. The President outlined how the US plans to cut climate pollution to 26-28% below its 2005 ...

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2015 health + environment policy

In the hundreds-deep piles of bills on the desks of legislators this year, a few dozen proposals are right at the sweet spot where human and environmental health meet. Here are a few that we’re tracking: OEC PRIORITIES: Clean Fuels for Oregon (SB 324): Hooray! Oregon passed SB 324, removing the 2015 sunset on the state’s Clean Fuels Program. Now, Oregon can move ahead with requirements that will reduce the carbon content of fuel. The primary goal is to reduce our contribution to climate change. As a great bonus, many low-carbon fuel alternatives also produce less of ...

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Reflections from a train

OEC's Encore Fellow, Daniel Schaffer, commutes to Portland twice a week by train from Keizer, OR. Today, he will share his thoughts with members of the Oregon Legislature: For the past three months, I’ve been taking the Amtrak Cascades from my home outside of Salem to the offices of the Oregon Environmental Council in Portland, where I’ve been working part-time as an Encore Fellow through Portland’s Social Venture Partners. Proposals now being considered in the Oregon Legislature to slash state funds from $10.4 million to $5 million over the next five years ...

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The Clean Green Lobby Machine painted the Capitol green on Tuesday!

What happens when a piece of coal and a wind farmer play tug-of-war? At the feet of the Capitol’s tall granite walls, solar panels and wind turbines challenged Big Coal to a game of tug-o-war. One hundred and eighty clean energy advocates stood on the Capitol’s steps, wearing green and yellow t-shirts or dressed as wind turbine operators. The sun was shining, chants rang in the air and, in the end, clean energy won the battle—sending Big Coal to its dusty grave! This good-natured scene followed an inspiring address from Treasurer Ted Wheeler on Oregon’s ...

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It’s Time to Renew Oregon

There is no bigger fight than the one we’re waging for the future of the climate. We already feel the effects of extreme storms, drought and record-breaking wildfires. We’re the last generation that can do anything to reverse it. Passionate Oregonians are fighting this battle right now. The opposition is powerful and entrenched: Huge oil and coal corporations who put profits ahead of people. Only a concentrated campaign, built to a massive scale, with all of us rallying together can overcome their opposition. That's why, at OEC, we're so excited to announce that ...

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Stronger Together: The 2015 carbon-busting agenda

To get a handle on climate disruption, we need everyone’s participation and we need to tackle carbon pollution from every source. OEC is promoting and supporting state policies that: Make our homes and other buildings more efficient Make our cars and trucks more efficient Transition Oregon away from dirty energy, like coal and oil, toward clean, renewable energy sources Provide people with more transportation options Hold big polluters accountable for the true cost of their carbon pollution Early in the 2015 legislative session, OEC worked with partners to ...

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Stronger Together: Equity in the Oregon Legislature

A few years ago, several groups got together to examine how state legislative proposals address issues of racial equity. They shone a light on laws that could have significant negative impacts on communities of color and recommended laws that could address racial disparities. To begin holding lawmakers accountable, they published the first Racial Equity Report Card in 2011. The report card, which is published every long session, evaluates each state legislator’s commitment to advancing opportunity and addressing disparities affecting Oregonians of color. Read about the ...

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