News Release | Environment Oregon

Statement: House Democrats release sweeping climate plan

Led by U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor, Democrats on the Select Committee on the Climate Crisis released a comprehensive report Tuesday detailing policies and programs to tackle climate change at the federal level. The report is based on twelve pillars of action with the overall goal of achieving net zero carbon dioxide emissions in the United States by 2050. The focus includes transforming our transportation system, preserving natural resources and public lands, increasing clean energy, and improving clean water infrastructure. 

News Release | Environment Oregon

Coalition files lawsuit to protect federal clean car rules

Environment America, an affiliate of Environment Oregon, along with ten other public interest organizations, filed a lawsuit today in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit opposing the Trump administration’s action to weaken federal clean car standards. 

News Release | Environment Oregon

Statement: Gov. Brown’s ambitious executive order is a key step in tackling climate change

In response to inaction on climate in the Oregon Legislature, Gov. Kate Brown signed an executive order today addressing climate change.

Climate change can no longer be a back burner issue

By | Celeste Meiffren-Swango
State Director, Environment Oregon

During this session of the Oregon legislature, we have an opportunity to adopt a cap and trade system to lower our greenhouse gas emissions, invest in our communities and be a leader in tackling climate change. And yet, even in a state like Oregon, even after ten plus years of debating the bill, the prospects of passing a strong climate bill are far from clear.

Take action on climate change

By | Celeste Meiffren-Swango
State Director, Environment Oregon

Now more than ever, legislators need to hear from you, encouraging them to take strong action on climate change this year.

Legislative session recap: the good, the bad and the ugly

By | Celeste Meiffren-Swango
State Director, Environment Oregon

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, Environment Oregon

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, Environment Oregon

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.

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