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We helped win the single biggest action our country has ever taken on climate

Under the newly announced Clean Power Plan, gas and coal power plants will pollute 32 percent less and clean energy sources such as wind and solar will meet much more of the nation’s electricity needs. Environment America is proud of the role we’ve played to galvanize public support for this historic plan. With continued commitment from President Obama and state leaders, and strong backing from the American people, this will mark a giant shift toward the 100 percent clean energy reality that the climate crisis demands and future generations deserve.

News Release | Environment Oregon

Obama Administration to Protect Americans’ Health by Setting Carbon Pollution Standards for New Power Plants

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today proposed historic new limits on carbon pollution from new power plants. Sarah Higginbotham, Environment  Oregon’s State Director issued the following statement in response to today’s announcement: “Today’s proposal from the Obama administration is an historic step in protecting Oregonians’ health and our environment."
 

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OP-ED: Policies plug into electric vehicle future

As environmental and consumer advocacy groups, we are excited about the benefits electric vehicles can create in our state. This is exactly the right direction for Oregon, already a leader in clean technology. Here in Oregon, we can encourage the development and use of technology that enables the charging of electric vehicles with 100 percent renewable energy, so they generally can be zero-emissions vehicles and not powered by an energy mix that includes dirty fossil fuels.

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Eugene City Council Takes On Plastic Bag Ban

Eugene's city council could vote soon to ban the use of plastic bags. More than 60 local businesses support this ban on plastic. "Oregonians use on average about 500 plastic bags a year," said Environment Oregon Director Sarah Higginbotham. Activists say because Eugene is the second largest city in Oregon, banning the use of plastic carry-out bags could make a significant difference to the environment.

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News Release | Environment Oregon

Over 80 Local Businesses and Mayor Piercy Endorse Eugene Bag Ban

Local businesses announced their support of a plastic bag ban this morning, including over 60 local independent businesses and 15 major grocery stores. Joined by Mayor Kitty Piercy and supporters, Environment Oregon announced broad businesses support for the proposed ban at a press conference at Hummingbird Wholesale in downtown Eugene.

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A push for Crater Lake protections

A coalition of conservationist groups has launched a campaign centered on Crater Lake, hoping to expand the federally protected land in and around Oregon’s only national park. The proposal, which also would bar helicopter tours over the lake, calls for Congress to designate an additional 500,000 acres as wilderness, the highest level of protection available on federal lands. The goal is to link smaller wilderness areas that already dot the landscape and create a “wildlife corridor” along the crest of the southern Cascades, said Dave Mathews, a preservation associate with Environment Oregon.

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