The gavel has fallen and the 2019 Oregon legislative session is officially over. I wanted to share with you the good, the bad and the ugly from this year’s session.

News Release | Environment Oregon

Oregon Legislature likely to punt action on climate change again

On Tuesday, Senate President Peter Courtney declared that there are not enough votes in the Oregon Senate to pass House Bill 2020, which tackles climate change through a cap and invest program. This comes after 11 Senate Republicans fled the state to prevent a vote on the proposal. In response we released the following statement.

Green Zoning Combats Climate Change

By | Celeste Meiffren-Swango
State Director

As Oregon wrestles with the best ways to increase housing stock and manage population growth, it’s crucial that state and local governments make choices that protect the state’s precious outdoor spaces and reduce carbon emissions. That's why we support House Bill 2001.

What will we tell our kids?

By | Celeste Meiffren-Swango
State Director

We live in a pivotal time in human history—one where we, humans, collectively, have to decide our fate and the fate of all other life on earth. Are we up for the challenge? I hope so.

The scale of the climate crisis and the urgency with which science tells us we need to act can obscure the fact that the action needed is fundamentally very simple: we need to move our energy sources away from dirty fossil fuels and towards clean and renewable energy. The beauty of House Bill 2020, the Oregon Climate Action Plan, is that it provides the opportunity to achieve both of these goals at the same time, ensuring that we draw down our carbon emissions while investing in the clean energy technologies of the future.

News Release | Environment Oregon

New website features stories of Oregonians impacted by climate change

Within the last year, many startling reports have outlined the impacts of climate change on Oregon, the United States and the world. Today, Environment Oregon is launching, “This is Climate Change,” an online project to share the real-life stories of Oregonians who are already experiencing those impacts.

Report | Environment Oregon Research & Policy Center

Climate Solutions from Day One

New governors are getting ready to take office in 20 states, from Florida to Alaska. As America’s newly elected governors prepare to take on their states’ biggest challenges, they should prioritize taking bold action on the greatest challenge of our time: climate change.

News Release | Environment Oregon Research & Policy Center

Climate solutions from Day One

Today, Environment Oregon Research & Policy Center released a new report, Climate Solutions from Day One: 12 Ways Governors Can Lead on Climate Now, detailing actions governors across the country can take immediately to significantly reduce planet-warming carbon pollution and ensure a more stable climate for their states and the nation. 

News Release | Environment Oregon

America’s top scientists say climate change’s impact is getting worse

The just-released 2018 update to the National Climate Assessment, “NCA4 Vol. II,” offers more proof that we as a nation need to develop strategies right away to mitigate the effects of climate change, or face increasingly dire consequences. 

Denying climate change should be out of bounds

By | Celeste Meiffren-Swango
State Director

This week, the Oregon Legislature’s Joint Committee on Carbon Reduction gave climate deniers a platform to deny basic science. 

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