10 results for author: Chris Hagerbaumer


Air Pollution Facts & Tips

As a resource for communities around the state, Oregon Environmental Council has developed a fact sheet that describes how air pollution affects Oregonians’ health, the major sources of air pollution in Oregon, and steps you can take to protect yourself and your family. This fact sheet is available in English, Chinese-simplified, Chinese-traditional, Russian, Somali, Spanish, and Vietnamese.Oregon Environmental Council has been a long-time champion for health-first clean air solutions. We promote protective public policies, including the 2019 diesel clean-up bill; provide tips on how to reduce personal exposure to air pollution as well as how to ...

Protect Oregon’s drinking water from toxic PFAS: Ask Congressman Walden to designate PFAS as a “hazardous chemical”

Per-and Polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are a category of hazardous chemicals that are currently designated as “contaminants” by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.  To protect human health, Congress must designate PFAS as hazardous chemicals, which will speed up the identification, cleanup and monitoring of PFAS contaminated sites under federal Superfund law.What are PFAS and why should you be concerned?PFAS are a group of 47,000 synthetic chemicals that are known as ‘forever chemicals’ due to their persistent nature in the environment. They easily move through air and soil and contaminate clean water sources, and because ...

Cleaner air and construction for Portland

Today, Portland adopted “clean air construction standards,” a policy that will bring an end to the dirtiest diesel construction equipment on city-funded projects. They’ll start by restricting idling of heavy-duty diesel engines on construction sites, and move on to require cleaner engines. What great news for everyone who breathes in Portland! It’s a big deal because 65% of the toxic diesel pollution in the Portland area comes not from trucks, but from non-road engines: construction equipment like backhoes, excavators and lifts. Diesel is one of Oregon’s worst toxic air pollution problems. In Multnomah County, diesel pollution is on average ...

TriMet moves to buy electric buses, diesel free by 2040

We applaud TriMet for committing to transform its dirty diesel fleet to a modern electric fleet that greatly reduces life-cycle greenhouse gas emissions, eliminates air pollution at the tailpipe, and saves the agency money.

E-bikes: rules of the road & why we love ’em

When it comes to the rules of the road, e-bikes occupy a legal space between bicycles and motor vehicles. That’s why we’re excited to share Oregon E-Bike Rights: A Legal Guide for Electric Bike Riders published August 2018 by the firm Thomas, Coon, Newton & Frost. "Sometimes treated by law as a bicycle, sometimes as a motor vehicle, the bicycle with a battery powered electric motor has created a legal hybrid that defies easy and logical categorization ... For many riders an electric bicycle creates opportunities to travel places that would be unreachable on a regular bicycle because of advancing age, injury or other physical limitations. The ...

Oregon deserves #CleanerCars because #PollutionStinks

 It’s time for you to speak up for #CleanerCars to #StopEPARollbacks.Federal rollbacks are reversing decades of good work to hold automakers accountable.The Trump Administration and the acting leadership at the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration intend to roll back policies designed to make new cars and light trucks cleaner and more affordable. The federal agencies officially announced their rollbacks recently, and we have 60 days for public comment.We need your help. Please join our national coalition partners and speak up. Let officials know their action harms us all.Re...

Vigilance must remain, despite departure of EPA chief

When Scott Pruitt was first appointed to head the Environmental Protection Agency, I was asked in an interview with Jefferson Public Radio whether he was really the worst ever pick for the agency. I replied “yes.”But even then, I could hardly imagine the damage the now former EPA chief would do. While ignoring decades of scientific research, Scott Pruitt gutted proposed rules for reviewing chemical safety (while rubber-stamping hundreds of new chemicals); rolled back a regulation that requires factories to run their air pollution control systems; was instrumental in getting President Trump to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate ...

Trump ‘blew it’ on vehicle emissions, now Oregon must step up

President Donald Trump and Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt blew it. The agency’s decision this week to reverse tailpipe emissions standards is bad news. It’s bad for the environment, bad for business and bad for consumers. In addition to increasing air pollution in two-thirds of the country, this rollback will take the U.S. auto industry backwards at exactly the moment they need to accelerate clean transportation. Consumers in the left-behind states, those not protected by strong emissions standards, will be saddled with gas-guzzling cars, trucks and SUVs that are more expensive to drive. Those states could become the global ...

Carsharing in the U.S. turns 20

Oregon Environmental Council was there from start by Dave Brook, Senior Carsharing Consultant for team red internationalMost people know about Zipcar and Car2Go and ReachNow carsharing. But many don't know that commercial carsharing in the U.S. got its start in Portland 20 years ago. That's when start up company CarSharing Portland, founded by Dave Brook and staffed by Russell Martin (General Manager) and Maren Souders (Outreach & Customer Service), launched with two cars on March 28, 1998 at an old gas station at SE 21st and Division.Aware of commercial carsharing in Switzerland and Germany, which had started in the mid 1980s, Brook ...

Rainbow Stew

Upon hearing that Merle Haggard had sung his last song (dying on his 79th birthday earlier this week), I was reminded of one of my favorites. In “Rainbow Stew,” written 35 years ago, Haggard tells us that when we’ve successfully tackled our biggest challenges, like war and pollution, “We'll all be drinking that free bubble up and eating that rainbow stew.” I love this song because Haggard voices the truth: we all need clean air to breathe. He sings about sunlight heating our homes and cars and planes no longer polluting.Depending on whether you see the glass as half full or half empty, you’ll hear this song as hopeful or as one of ...