47 results for tag: climate change


Building a Renewed Oregon: A Conversation with Thomas Wheatley

Renew Oregon is many things–an education campaign, a place for like minded Oregonians to come together–but ultimately Renew is a group of people who want a clean energy future for the state we love. As the Climate Communications & Outreach Manager for Oregon Environmental Council, I work closely with the Renew Oregon team. The team is aflutter with activity–whether they’re live-tweeting hearings in Salem, meeting with businesses and individuals who support a new direction for the state, or interviewing Oregonians to learn why they care about climate action–Renew Oregon is busy building a movement. It’s an inspiring thing to ...

When The Biggest Polluters Lead on Climate, Others Will Follow

"What about China?" is a common refrain when Oregonians talk about tackling climate change. "If not them, why us?" It's time for the question to change. The United States and China–the world’s top two emitters of climate pollution–are taking the reigns on a unique opportunity to lead on climate. Last November, the US and China made a joint announcement on climate change targets. This set the stage for President Obama to submit US targets in international climate negotiations. The President outlined how the US plans to cut climate pollution to 26-28% below its 2005 levels by 2025 by freezing construction of new coal-fired power plants, ...

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

Portland Addresses Climate Change through Action Plan

With the release of a new 2015 Climate Action Plan, the City of Portland and Multnomah County are giving us a chance to think globally, but act locally. And they want your input on it. The draft plan provides a roadmap for our community to achieve an 80 percent reduction in carbon emissions by 2050, with an interim goal of a 40 percent reduction by 2030. We know it’s possible; through enacting recommendations in their previous action plans we’ve cut carbon emissions by 14 percent since 1990, even though our population has grown by 30 percent. And, we’ve added over 75,000 more jobs during that same time. In per-person terms, that means each ...

Press Release: Clean Fuels Program Drives On

The bill to lift the sunset on the Clean Fuels Program, SB 324, was approved by the Oregon Senate today by a vote of 17-13. The program is key for Oregon to meet its climate goals and will reduce greenhouse gas emissions from transportation fuels by 10% over ten years.

One Victory for Clean Fuels and Working for Many More!

the Senate Committee on Environment and Natural Resources held a public hearing on SB324, which if passed, will reauthorize the Clean Fuels Program and cut carbon pollution across our state. OEC was there, along with proponents from the business community, health sector, consumer and environmental groups. Together, we filled the room to give testimony in support of this important program. “I don’t ever remember this many people showing up to a hearing,” noted Senator Chuck Thomsen (R-Hood River), as we sat patiently to express their views. The energy in the room was palatable. While we remained respectfully quiet during proceedings, the ...

Climate Change is Real – So Is the Movement for Progress

NASA just released a report confirming 2014 as the hottest year on Earth since 1880. The US Senate (with a Republican majority nonetheless) agreed that climate change is real, “not a hoax.” Mainstream media regularly reports on the subject. “Climate change” is no longer considered an environmentalist’s phrase – it’s part of our everyday lexicon. Locally, we see and feel its effects. Mt. Hood’s snowpack is at an all-time low – in fact, 20 sites around western Oregon have reported record low snowpack for the end of January. Less snow means less snowmelt runoff for our rivers and streams, a drier Oregon summer, and a longer wildfire ...