The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is getting closer to finalizing rules for a new Climate Protection Program. Over the past year, DEQ has made a number of positive changes to strengthen the rules; however, a few key policy design features still hang in the balance.
The Climate Protection Program aims to address the effects of climate change by capping and cutting greenhouse gas emissions from Oregon’s top polluting sources: transportation fuels, natural gas, and large industrial emitters. A well-designed Climate Protection Program provides Oregon a vital opportunity to demonstrate leadership and make progress in the fight ...
OEC and nearly 50 other state-based partners call on congressional leaders to build back better through bold investments in climate, jobs, and justice.
August 26, 2021
RE: Please help Oregon build back better by supporting an equitable economic recovery and health outcomes, family-sustaining jobs, and a transition to a clean energy economy.
Throughout this summer, Oregonians across the state have experienced record-breaking heat waves, which have killed some 100 people, sent thousands to emergency rooms for heat-related illness, and forced dozens of small businesses to close their doors. With climate-fueled extreme ...
July 16, 2021
Governor Kate Brown
Office of the Governor
900 Court Street NE, Suite 254
Salem, OR 97301-4047
Director Richard Whitman
Department of Environmental Quality
700 NE Multnomah St. Suite 600
Portland, OR 97232
Cc: Chair George and Members of the Environmental Quality Commission
Governor Brown and Director Whitman,
On behalf of the undersigned groups representing environmental justice, business, culturally-specific and climate advocacy organizations from across Oregon, we write to reiterate our concerns--and suggestions for strengthening--the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ)’s draft ...
One year after the signing of Executive Order 20-04, our coalition released a robust report assessing the state’s progress on implementation.
Today we celebrate Oregon’s leadership, the tireless work of coalition partners, and a more stable future thanks to Executive Order 20-04.
OEC’s climate team breaks down the ins and outs of what Biden’s “Climate Day” means for Oregon
We need to elect pro-climate officials at every level to protect our environment and ensure a stable climate for future generations
In a matter of days, tens of thousands of Oregonians were put under evacuation orders, thousands of families lost their homes, and nine people lost their lives. More than a million acres of precious Oregon lands--including critical carbon stores--were destroyed. Dense smoke led to air quality so beyond hazardous that public officials issued a statewide advisory instructing Oregonians to stay indoors. And here’s the kicker: if we do not reverse current climate pollution trends, devastating wildfires like the ones ...
So what does building back better look like?
Oregon moves forward with its effort to expand its Clean Fuels Program credits, advance emissions-free transportation electrification
Oregon is building on its strong leadership to reduce climate pollution from transportation fuels, as part of its work to implement the Oregon Climate Action Plan (OCAP)--Gov. Kate Brown’s March 2020 executive order on the climate crisis.
One of the OCAP directives that we at OEC are most excited about is extending and strengthening Oregon’s Clean Fuels Program. Since 2016, the Clean Fuels Program has been creating jobs and working to lower pollution from fuels by making cleaner options available. In its first ...
Reducing food waste can save consumers money and help Oregon meet its climate goals-- now that’s what we call a double win!