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Climate activists back solar energy bills

Solar power backers are asking support for a slate of state House bills, including a Residential Energy Tax Credit they consider likely to pass. That measure, House Bill 2447, is a state tax credit that pays half the cost of rooftop solar panels. It would extend to 2022 the installation costs, which are due to expire in 2018. Leading a small solar conclave Friday at the Ashland public library, Charlie Fisher, an “advocate” for the statewide Environment Oregon nonprofit group, said the state gets a “bad” rating for solar use now — only two-tenths of one percent of energy.

His organization and others have the goal of 10 percent by 2025. To do this, he said, it would take a quarter million rooftop solar units, but this is possible, as solar corporations are now the fastest-growing type of corporation in America 

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Activists decry amount of chemicals in OR rivers

Every year, Oregon-based industries legally dump hundreds of thousands of pounds of chemicals into the state s waterways, the most coming from a Portland company.A new report, compiled by Environment Oregon, analyzed the amount of chemical waste released annually into Oregon rivers. It took data collected by the Environmental Protection Agency in 2012, the most recent year available.

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Oregon's Only National Park: Sorry, We're Closed

With Congress’ failure to reach an agreement on a budget before Tuesday’s midnight deadline, Rikki Seguin, Environment Oregon’s Preservation Advocate released the following statement on the environmental impacts of the government shutdown: