News Release | Environment Oregon

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

Just as the stunning fall foliage season begins at Crater Lake National Park and as families embark on their final camping trip of the year, thousands of nature lovers will be greeted by closed gates and empty ranger stations at our nation’s parks today as a result of the government shutdown.

News Release | Environment Oregon

No New Dirty Power Plants under EPA standard

[Portland, OR] – On the heels of Oregon’s worst wildfires in over a decade, the third largest wildfire in California history, and devastating, record-breaking floods in Colorado, the Obama administration proposed a major new rule today to curb the carbon pollution spewing from power plants that fuels global warming. Scientists warn that without major reductions in carbon pollution, extreme weather will become even more frequent and severe.

News Release | Environment Oregon

Oregon Receives Power from 5 of Nation’s 100 Dirtiest Power Plants

Salem, OR – On the heels of Oregon’s largest and most devastating wildfires in over a decade, a new report from Environment Oregon Research & Policy Center finds that even as Oregon works to cut its reliance on dirty fossil fuels and transition to clean energy, power plants remain the single largest source of carbon pollution in America. Scientists predict that extreme weather events, like wildfires, will become more frequent and severe for future generations, unless we cut the dangerous carbon pollution fueling the problem.

News Release | Environment Oregon

Congratulations Gina McCarthy, Our New U.S. EPA Administrator

The U.S. Senate today confirmed Gina McCarthy as administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.  Oregon Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley voted to confirm Ms. McCarthy. The confirmation came just weeks after President Obama instructed EPA to cut carbon pollution from power plants as part of his plan to fight global warming. Sarah Higginbotham, state director for Environment Oregon, issued the following statement in response

News Release | Environment Oregon

Bend Could Lead Central Oregon in Reducing Plastic Pollution

Today, Bend citizens and local businesses came together to call on the Bend City Council to ban plastic bags. The event, hosted by citizen-based environmental advocacy organization Environment Oregon, is part of their effort to keep plastic bags out of the Pacific and Oregon waterways by banning the bag. So far, more than 49 businesses, including Patagonia, are signed on in support of a city bag ban, while more than 400 citizens have signed petitions. Other local supporters include the Juniper Group chapter of the Sierra Club and world famous climber and Bend resident, Ben Moon.

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