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Youth activism brings the heat to climate policy

Oregon Environmental Council staff stood in awe this year as our own state’s youth organized thousands to rally at City Hall or schools in Portland, on Main Street at Heppner City, outside a federal courthouse in Eugene, at the steps of the Capitol in Salem as well as Bend, Corvallis, Albany and more.

For Us, Climate Action Never Dies

Oregon Environmental Council remains more determined than ever to work on behalf of children and families from all communities in Oregon who face an uncertain climate future.

Oregon House of Representatives’ adoption of HB 2020 sends legislation to Senate

OEC applauds the continued progress to climate history SALEM -- Oregon’s House of Representatives continued historic climate action Monday by approving HB 2020 under the eyes of thousands of grateful supporters and other states looking for their own solutions to climate disruption.HB 2020 places a declining cap and price on greenhouse gases from the largest emitters in Oregon, and reinvests the proceeds into the state’s clean energy economy to create good-paying jobs and make our air cleaner. Lawmakers have vetted and discussed this bill in numerous public hearings, meetings and town halls.This year, lawmakers held 21 hearings, including ...

Ways and Means members adopt HB 2020, moves forward historic climate action

Thousands of Oregonians, hundreds of businesses and dozens of statewide organizations have waited long enough, and Oregon Environmental Council applauds lawmakers for bringing HB 2020 to a vote in the House and Senate floors.

Oregon’s landmark climate bill moves toward Ways and Means, historic action

Natural Resources subcommittee OKs HB 2020 after amendment FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – June 5, 2019SALEM – Oregon’s continued response to climate disruption took its next step Wednesday evening, as dozens of statewide organizations, thousands of Oregonians and nationwide observers continue to cheer Salem lawmakers on the verge of adopting landmark legislation.Lawmakers introduced a final amendment to the Clean Energy Jobs bill, HB 2020, during the first discussions of the legislation in a committee charged with fiscal oversight. Members of the Natural Resources subcommittee of the Joint Ways and Means Committee later approved the Clean ...

Gov. Brown signs Oregon Environmental Protection Act

Oregon told the nation and the Trump Administration today that the state intends to keep environmental protections, not roll them back.Gov. Kate Brown signed into law the Oregon Environmental Protection Act, which ensures Oregonian's will benefit from stricter standards of protection established by the Clean Air Act, Water Pollution Control Act and Safe Drinking Water Act. The Act directs state agencies to ensure pollution levels remains at levels before Jan. 20, 2017, the first day of the current administration."This legislation will help preserve the beauty and bounty of Oregon for future generations," Gov. Brown said. "We, as you know, ...

Carbon reduction committee energizes the Clean Energy Jobs bill toward passage

Members approved HB 2020, bill moves to Ways and Means PORTLAND -- Members of the Joint Committee on Carbon Reduction approved the Clean Energy Jobs bill, HB 2020, Friday afternoon - signaling Oregon’s progress toward becoming the second state in the nation to adopt an economy wide cap-and-invest program to reduce harmful climate pollution.“The climate crisis is real and every meaningful action matters. Oregon lawmakers are poised to make history with passage of the Clean Energy Jobs bill,” said Jana Gastellum, Oregon Environmental Council Climate Program Director.  “We’ve seen this session—and over the last many years—that young ...

U.S. Supreme Court passes on hearing oil industry challenge against Oregon’s clean-fuels momentum

Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear a 2015 lawsuit challenging Oregon’s authority to clean up its polluting fuels, like gasoline and diesel, by encouraging the use of better sources like electricity, sustainable biofuels and renewable diesel.

#CEJisREADY for final passage: Response to HB 2020’s amendments

House Bill 2020 is fully developed and poised to make history in Oregon. This week’s release of the -84 amendments to HB 2020 brings impacted communities and individuals with climate and energy expertise to the table to help shape the program.

April’s Action Advances Awareness As All Await Amendments: 5 Things 2 Know – Climate Work

So let’s celebrate April while we look forward to May. As the public awaits the final round of amendments and further action on HB 2020, youth advocates and partners have amplified their voices at town halls, online forums, and at the Capital this month.