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Beyond strong and historic support for Clean Energy Jobs, Oregon Environmental Council's work during the 2018 legislative session resulted in healthy strides in improving our air and our communities.
We advocated to hold industry responsible for funding the Cleaner Air Oregon program. We helped secure student transportation funding and rebates for electric vehicles for low-income families. We advocated for a bill that sets a deadline for cleaning up dirty diesel buses, which unfortunately stalled in a committee.
Headlines focused on our state’s work on a ...
School-age children around Oregon need better transportation options. Students in urban areas can't always to take transit to school when they miss the school bus, and students in rural areas have difficulty participating in sports and other after-school activities without activity buses. Some students can’t meet with a tutor after school because they don’t have a way home. And due to limited transportation options, some students are chronically late or absent, fall behind, and simply drop out of school altogether.
During the 2018 legislative session, Oregon ...
This February 2018 Oregon state legislators passed a bill that ensures Cleaner Air Oregon—a critical program to control toxic air pollution—will move forward. But will the program protect public health? There's more work to be done. Here's the story of Cleaner Air Oregon so far:
Two years ago, when high levels of toxic heavy metals were discovered in Portland neighborhoods, dangerous air pollution became impossible to ignore: Oregon’s air toxics controls needed an overhaul. Under a directive from Governor Kate Brown, our health and environmental agencies embarked ...
Oregon’s desire for a cap-and-invest program has never been stronger and that strength will continue to grow until lawmakers finally pass this bill in 2019.
Senate and House leadership, along with the Governor's Office, have committed to passing the Clean Energy Job bill next year during the longer session. While the 15,500 Oregonians who signed petitions urging adoption this session never saw the bill reach a floor vote, President Peter Courtney and Speaker Tina Kotek have announced the creation of a Joint Committee on Carbon Reduction that they will co-chair and ...
Next time you pour a glass of Oregon pinot noir, consider offering a toast to “SB 100” (Senate Bill 100) – the 1973 law that created Oregon’s land use planning program.
Why? Back in the late ‘60s and early ‘70s, Oregon’s population was growing rapidly. Would-be developers and land speculators were eyeing the rolling hills between Newberg and McMinnville for expensive “large-lot” “view” subdivisions. The soil, they said, was good for nothing.
But a guy named David Lett and a couple of young dreamers on the property next door – Susan Sokol ...
Oregon's rivers are at risk. Lucky for us, young people across the state are stepping up to restore healthy watersheds and protect your drinking water.
2018 may go down in history as a hallmark year for climate action, but it’s not the only excitement in the air. In fact, the air itself is an exciting topic. Oregon legislators are considering ways to control diesel pollution and toxic air pollution from industry. In case you missed it, here are highlights from hearings in Salem this month:
Antonio and Cassie, both high school students in Salem, testified about their concerns over diesel pollution and support for HB 4003 to retire dirty old heavy duty engines. Antonio talked about the burden his community faces from ...
SALEM -- This afternoon, the Senate Committee on Environment and Natural Resources and House Committee on Energy and Environment voted in favor of the Clean Energy Jobs bill, SB 1507/HB 4001. The Clean Energy Jobs bill limits climate pollution from the state’s biggest emitters, creates a flexible market-based strategy to enforce the limit, and invests the proceeds in renewable energy and energy-saving strategies for businesses and individuals in rural and urban communities across Oregon.
The bill now goes to Senate and House Rules Committees.
Andrea Durbin, ...
More than 500 Oregonians from all over the state made it on Monday for an invigorating day of lobbying on behalf of the Clean Energy Jobs bill. People of all ages and different creeds met with their elected representatives and senators to advocate for our communities, our health and our shared economic prosperity.
A morning training included discussions about the bill with rousing speeches by House Majority Leader Representative Jennifer Williamson and Representatives Pam Marsh and Diego Hernandez. Participants then marched ½ mile from the Willamette ...