29 results for tag: climate


It’s Time to Renew Oregon

There is no bigger fight than the one we’re waging for the future of the climate. We already feel the effects of extreme storms, drought and record-breaking wildfires. We’re the last generation that can do anything to reverse it. Passionate Oregonians are fighting this battle right now. The opposition is powerful and entrenched: Huge oil and coal corporations who put profits ahead of people. Only a concentrated campaign, built to a massive scale, with all of us rallying together can overcome their opposition. That's why, at OEC, we're so excited to announce that Renew Oregon launches today! It will be the most powerful coalition ever ...

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 ...

Local Energy Challenge Motivates for a Cooler Oregon

What if communities across the country banded together, in the spirit of friendly competition, to raise the bar on energy efficiency? Such a move would help create a cooler Oregon (both in the literal and proverbial sense), as we work to do our part to slow global warming, and help Oregon embrace long-term livability practices. It is with in spirit that the Georgetown University Energy Prize came about. A multi-year, $5 million prize challenge, the Georgetown University Energy Prize asks communities to develop sustainable energy-saving innovations in collaboration with local governments and utilities, working together to reduce local energy ...

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 ...

The ELB Presents: Yoram Bauman

On Feb, 26th, join us for a hilarious night featuring Yoram Bauman. Described by The New York Times as “an economist who teaches at the University of Washington and performs stand-up comedy”, Yoram Bauman performs as “the world’s first and only stand-up economist” at venues ranging from the New York Improv to the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s annual meeting, and also on YouTube, where his videos have had over 500,000 hits.

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 ...

Clean fuels work, and here’s why.

The Clean Fuels Standard launched January 2016. The Standard offers a brighter economic and environmental future for Oregon by offering drivers more options when they fuel up. By gradually transitioning to cleaner fuels like electricity, sustainable biofuels, biogas and propane, Oregon will reduce transportation costs, support our local economy, create good-paying jobs, cut climate pollution and lessen our dependence on Big Oil. The Clean Fuels Standard is a flexible, market-based, performance driven standard. Companies are already enrolling to produce or sell more clean fuels in Oregon, from Fred Meyer's purchase of 500,000 gallons of renewable ...

OEC and The Oregon Business Climate Declaration

From the boardrooms of Oregon’s largest employers to the Main Street of every major city in the state, Oregon businesses are calling for state action on climate change. Under the banner of the Northwest Business for Climate Action Coalition, hundreds of leading Oregon businesses are recognizing a clear and present need for state action to protect our region’s natural assets, its vibrant communities and its growing economy by signing on to the Oregon Business Climate Declaration. Oregon Environmental Council played a critical role in motivating these businesses to speak out and support action: Last fall, OEC’s Executive Director Andrea ...