The City of Portland is taking the national lead on climate policy and protecting the health and safety of its residents. This groundbreaking policy (Resolution No. 37168) prohibits new large-scale fossil fuel projects in Portland! The City Council heard hours of testimony in favor of the resolution, and passed the resolution on Thursday, November 12th, 2015!
Why is this a big deal? Oregon and the Pacific Northwest are being developed into a fossil fuel corridor by Big Oil, Coal and Gas. If all of these 27 proposed infrastructure projects are completed, they would transport as much carbon annually as 5 Keystone XL pipelines and be game-over for the climate.
In June 2015, Portland passed the 2015 Climate Action Plan, which directs the city to establish a fossil fuel policy. The City’s proposed policy is substantive and will prohibit new projects that transport or store industrial quantities of coal, oil, and gas in Portland in order to protect the health, safety, and welfare of all Portland residents.
Find the oil train resolution text (passed 4-0 on November 4th!), the fossil fuel policy text and talking points.