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• updates on the decisions that impact our environment
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2011 Victory - Portland joined San Francisco, Bellingham, Wash. and a dozen other west coast communities by banning disposable plastic bags at major grocery stores and retailers with pharmacies. We're working to pass more local bag bans in cities across the state — cutting plastic pollution right away while building momentum for a statewide ban.
Solar energy is booming. In just the last three years, America’s solar photovoltaic capacity tripled. In 2014, a third of the United States’ new installed electric capacity came from solar power. And in three states – California, Hawaii, and Arizona – solar power now generates more than 5 percent of total electricity consumption.
PORTLAND, OR – Coal and gas power plants will pollute 32 percent less nationwide and clean energy sources such as solar will meet more of the state’s electricity needs, according to limits on carbon pollution finalized today that are central to President Obama’s plan to address climate change.
“The Clean Power Plan is the single biggest action the U.S. has ever taken on climate and is great news for Oregon,” said Charlie Fisher, clean energy advocate with Environment Oregon, “Cracking down on coal and gas while ramping up wind, solar, and other clean energy sources will protect our families' health today and ensure a safer climate for the future.”
Today, Senator Jeff Merkley (D-Oregon) introduced legislation to stop offshore drilling in the Arctic Ocean. His efforts come in the wake of a series of setbacks for Shell Oil, including damage to its sea vessels en route to the Chukchi Sea, and a penalty from the Obama administration for failing to comply with wildlife protections.
Households and businesses with solar panels deliver greater benefits than they receive through programs like net metering, a report said today, countering increasing complaints from utilities that solar homeowners don’t pay their fair share.