16 results for tag: clean fuels


A Report Card for our Climate: Oregon Gets Graded

Wonder how Oregon is doing at meeting climate and clean energy goals? A new, visually-compelling Clean Energy Report Card grades Oregon’s progress toward a clean energy economy, and shows a suite of solutions which will create good paying jobs, make the air cleaner and promote healthy communities.The Report Card also provides inspiring examples of clean energy solutions--like how Pendelton has become a leader in solar installations. It includes surprising facts, including that transit projects create 70% more jobs compared to highway projects. It underscores that Oregon needs several solutions working together to accelerate the clean energy ...

Governor Kate Brown Acknowledges OEC Work in State of the State Address

On Friday Governor Kate Brown delivered her second State of the State address. During her broad-ranging address, she provided a snapshot of accomplishments from the past 14 months, including a great deal of environmental progress ushered in during this time. Drawing on the legacy of Governor Tom McCall and the landmark land-use planning laws OEC helped bring to fruition, she declared: "these first-ever achievements over the past 14-months would have made Governor McCall very proud."McCall is not the only one who would be, or should be, proud. Governor Brown recognized three environmental achievements that will be key in helping protect ...

The Force Awakens at OEC

Today, the 7th installment of the iconic space opera, Star Wars, is being released in theaters worldwide.  The saga continues as a rebel force driven in pursuit of justice takes on a well-resourced and powerful Galactic Empire. The rebels may have won an epic victory against the archaic ruling system, but the struggle continues.  It was a long time ago in a galaxy far far away... But wait—is there a disturbance in the force right here in Oregon? Could the Empire of the oil industry face a real challenge from the noble Jedi Council—er, Oregon Environmental Council?  In 2015, The Council helped ensure that Oregon's clean fuels standard will ...

From Paris, France to Prineville, OR: Collaboration Matters

This weekend, nearly all the nations in the world agreed to actions to avoid the most dangerous impacts of climate change. We in Oregon believe we should do our fair share to reduce emissions.That's why we've had an historic agreement to work with neighboring states to amp up our clean energy economy, create a clean fuels corridor, and limit and price climate pollution. We want Oregon to be the early bird that catches the worm--acting quickly helps us set the curve and reap enormous benefits--cleaner air, more economic opportunities for Oregon workers and businesses, and a stable climate for our natural resource-based state.We've worked with ...

Is out-of-state oil trying to rewrite our laws in Oregon?

What's going on? The oil industry has filed proposed ballot initiatives to undo Oregon's clean air laws. Some of the same exact ballot language appeared in the recent transportation bill. Look at our side by side comparison below or in this PDF: SideBySide.Is out-of-state oil trying to rewrite our laws in Oregon? "We were asked to provide an outline for a program... and we did, " Tupper Hull, vice president of strategic communications for Western States Petroleum Association said. "And that's now being considered." -Salem Statesman Journal, June 23, 2015   

Clean Fuels: Fact vs. Myth

What the Clean Fuels Program does: Guarantees climate pollution reductions from transportation fuels by 10% over 10 years.How it works: Oil importers (all petroleum comes from outside of Oregon) must reduce their carbon footprint by investing in lower carbon fuels. All fuels are judged on their lifecycle climate impact. The cleanest fuels, such as waste grease biodiesel or biogas collected from landfills, are encouraged the most. Higher carbon fuels, like natural gas, may have a niche role to play, but won’t be the dominant fuel. Oil companies also have to report on their carbon intensities and account for any increases in pollution if they ...

Clean Air and Good Roads at Odds No More

Transportation Should be Considered On Its Own MeritsPortland, OR – June 25, 2015: Today, Oregon’s Governor confirmed what had become clear to many over the last week: Oregonians don’t have to choose between good roads and clean air. Representatives of groups as disparate as Oregon’s schools and utility ratepayers objected to a proposed “replacement” for clean air legislation that had been tacked on to a transportation bill. Legislators rejected the package and decided much needed transportation funding should be considered on its own merits.“Oregonians deserve clean air and safe roads. To pit one against the other is a false ...

Statement from OEC, OLCV, and Climate Solutions

According to news reports, in an attempt to secure a transportation package – which our organizations strongly support – Governor Brown and a group of legislators are proposing a repeal of the Clean Fuels Program and attempting to replace it with a package of proposals that will cost taxpayers significant money and fails to guarantee cleaner air.The Oregon League of Conservation Voters, Climate Solutions and Oregon Environmental Council issue the following statement, in response to this proposal:“The Clean Fuels program is the most effective and proven way to address climate change, safeguard clean air, and support new and innovative ...

Talking Oregon Transportation Funding on Think Out Loud

On Monday, May 18th, OPB's Think Out Loud hosted a conversation about a comprehensive transportation package to increase funding for roads and bridges. Though this has received bipartisan support for quite some time, things came to a halt when some lawmakers started using the recently passed Clean Fuels bill as a bargaining chip for the package.OEC's Program Director of Climate, Jana Gastellum, joins Ryan Deckert, president and CEO of the Oregon Business Association, to talk about the transportation package and what it means for our state.Listen below:

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 pollutionEarly in the 2015 legislative session, OEC worked with partners to lift the sunset on the Oregon Clean Fuels Program. SB 324 requires oil ...