News Release | Environment Oregon

Clean water wins as U.S. Senate leaders fail to overturn stream protections

Senators Wyden and Merkley and other champions of clean water beat back an attempt today by Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) to undo the Clean Water Rule, which restores protections for steams that feed the Willamette and Rogue Rivers and help provide drinking water for over 1.6 million Oregonians. 

News Release | Environment Oregon

31,000 Oregonians call for Crater Lake Wilderness

On Tuesday morning, Environment Oregon, Oregon Wild, and Umpqua Watersheds stood together with businesses, outdoor enthusiasts, and advocates of wild places in delivering over 31,000 public comments and 205 business and organization endorsements to Sen. Ron Wyden in support of permanently protecting Crater Lake and the surrounding forests, mountains, and streams by creating a 500,000-acre, 75-mile wilderness corridor around Crater Lake National Park. The groups held a press conference in front of Sen. Wyden’s office, with Mary Gautreaux, Deputy State Director for Sen. Wyden, receiving the comments.

News Release | Environment Oregon

New carbon pollution limits huge step on climate, and great news for Oregon

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.”

News Release | Environment Oregon

Sen. Merkley introduces legislation to protect the Arctic from drilling

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.

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As Oregon PUC investigates “Value of Solar,” report shows solar’s benefits

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.

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