350PDX Weekly Update – Eco-fascism on the rise… – August 14 2019

Hi everyone,

In the past month, the United States has been ravaged by a series of shooters influenced by the far-right. An increasingly dangerous pattern in these shootings is the influence of eco-fascism on the shooters (re: El Paso, Christchurch).

Eco-fascism is a form of environmentalism influenced by Malthusian theory and the idea that we must “get rid of people” to protect our ever-dwindling resources. See this article for a deeper look into the growing white nationalism and environmentalism.

We can’t let the far-right co-opt our environmental struggle. Fighting for climate justice means fighting for racial justice, migrant justice, and economic justice. Fighting for climate justice means fighting for an anti-fascist future for all of us.

This Saturday far right groups will descend on Portland, and anti-fascist counter-protesters will be there to meet them. These protests have often turned violent so be careful if you’re downtown on Saturday. For a peaceful way to show solidarity there is The Exchange: A Multicultural Day Market happening in SE Portland from 12-6pm.

Here’s your 350PDX weekly update!

Remember to check out the Volunteer Boards for all our current volunteer opportunities, including Tasks, Roles, Representing 350PDX, Stuff we need. And let me know any suggestions or additions!

Updates

  • Last Weekend at Alberta Street Fair

    The wonderful Eileen, Amy and 10 other signature gatherers collected 869 petition signatures for the Stop Zenith campaign. Incredible work, thank you amazing volunteers!
    Want to do tabling and outreach like this? There are loads of opportunities! Let chris@350pdx.org know!

  • In The News: Revealed: FBI and police monitoring Oregon anti-pipeline activists

    “Law enforcement groups, including the FBI, have been monitoring opponents of a natural gas infrastructure project in Oregon and circulated intelligence to an email list that included a Republican-aligned anti-environmental PR operative, emails obtained by the Guardian show.”

    Oregon’s public officials should be focused on how they can protect our communities from the Jordan Cove fracked gas project, not work hand in hand with the private fossil fuel corporation backing it by spying on our community.

    We won’t back down. We’ll continue to work in coalition with groups across the state on building momentum to stop Jordan Cove once and for all.

    TAKE ACTION – Call Governor Kate Brown (503-378-4582) to tell her what you think about this news that Oregon public officials are working to silence our communities and to ask her to stop Jordan Cove for good.

Requests

  • Help Needed: Permits and Logistics for Climate Strike

    Do you have experience running events, getting permits, or being involved with big public mobilizations? We need all hands on deck for the next month to make this Climate Strike as good as it can be, and the more help we can get the better. Contact misha@350pdx.org and let them know that you can help. Thank you!

  • Help Needed: Food Trucks or Food Donations Assistance

    Do you have a connection to someone with a food truck, or a restaurant who might want to help provide food for striking young people and adults on Sept 20 or through the week of action? Or do you want to do outreach to food trucks to see if they’d be willing to help? Please let me (chris@350pdx.org) know!

  • Help needed for the Multnomah Days Parade!

    Want to march in a parade raising awareness of the Climate Strike? This is your chance! Marching in this parade with the 350PDX Southwest Team is a wonderful opportunity for someone new to the movement and for seasoned veterans both to practice having a visual impact in support of the Climate Movement. The parade is just a 20 minute walk and hundreds will see our message.

    When – Meet at 9:30 AM, Saturday, August 17. (Parade begins at 10:00 AM)
    Where – Meet across the street from the defunct Andy’s Garage located at 7991 SW Capitol Highway, Portland, 97219
    Contact – Bob Kaminski, robertwkaminski@gmail.com; Text: 510-610-1705

Opportunities

  • Climate Strike Webinars from 350.org

    To help prepare for this major mobilization and to share skills, provide key tools and resources and the support of peer learning, 350.org are putting together a great training series of five webinars. Interested in skilling up? Register here. All webinars at 5pm and run for 1.5 hours.

    TONIGHT August 14th: Centering Equity & Justice (including how to best support youth leadership) in Climate Strike Organizing

    August 21st: Communications & Digital Tools for Climate Strike Organizing

    August 28th: Utilizing the Strikes to Build Our Movement: Strategies for Leadership Development & Plugging People In Post-Sept 20th

    September 4th: Know Your Rights to Stand Up for Climate Justice! (with the Civil Liberties Defense Center)

    September 11th: Opportunities & Challenges: Bring your ideas and questions around Sept 20th-27th Organizing

  • August Volunteer Orientation

    TONIGHT Wed Aug 14, 6:00PM – 7:45PM @ 350PDX Fellowship Room, 1820 NE 21st Ave
    Come and learn about climate justice, how people power is changing the world, how you can get involved, and meet other cool people in the climate movement. For those completely new to the climate justice movement, or those wanting a refresher. Looking forward to meeting you! Please RSVP so we know how PIZZA to buy. Thanks!

  • Climate Justice Knows No Borders: Portland to the Philippines

    Thurs Aug 15, 7:00PM – 9:00PM @ Social Justice Action Center, 400 SE 12th Ave
    Join PCHRP (Portland Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines) for this open house. The Philippines was just named the deadliest country for environmental defenders with 30 killings in 2018 alone. As one of the most biodiverse and resource rich countries in the world, the Philippines is a target of foreign mining, logging agricultural industries committing corporate theft and perpetuating the global climate crisis.

  • Facilitating Just Organizing Spaces Training

    Sat Aug 17, 3:00PM – 5:00PM @ 350PDX, 1820 NE 21st Ave
    This training will share information about how to plan a meeting, facilitate a meeting, and provide space for feedback and conversations about skills folks have in the room. More info here!

  • Civil Disobedience Workshop

    Sat Aug 24, 10:00AM – 3:00PM @ SE Portland
    Another opportunity to join Bonnie McKinlay’s excellent training. This is a great introduction to civil disobedience and is relevant for those who may wish to someday risk arrest, those who want to support others risking arrest, or just for those who want a greater understanding of why civil disobedience is an effective tactic. RSVP for location details -> contact Bonnie: (503) 705-1943, or goto350pdx@gmail.com

Thank you all for the work that you do, and for being part of this notorious and nurturing movement,
Chris – 350PDX Volunteer & Communications Coordinator

350PDX Weekly Update – August 7 2019

Hi everyone,

Here’s your 350PDX weekly update!

Remember to check out the Volunteer Boards for all our current volunteer opportunities, including Tasks, Roles, Representing 350PDX, Stuff we need. And let me know any suggestions or additions!

Updates

  • Climate Strike General Meeting

    We had almost 80 people show up for a massive brainstorming session last night to lay the groundwork for a successful strike and week of action! We broke out into 6 groups – Strike, Arts, Outreach, Week of Action, Funding, Movement Building – and these groups will go on to form teams in the run up to Sept 20-27. Interested in getting involved in any of these teams? Contact Chris (chris@350pdx.org) or look out for these meetings on the calendar. We wrote hundreds of post-its full of ideas, which will all be typed up, but you can see a sneak preview here.

    See other shots of us in action on Twitter

  • Zenith News: “Portland oil terminal execs gave mayor’s staff false information, aide’s notes indicate

    Our local nemesis Zenith Tar Sands Energy have once again shown themselves to be untrustworthy. Share the article on Facebook (or share our post) and retweet on Twitter (or retweet our post) and make sure to tag Ted Wheeler and tell him to shut this project down!

Opportunities

  • Environmental Justice Tour of Portland’s Sacrifice Zone

    TOMORROW Thurs Aug 8, 9:00AM @ Meet in front of Montgomery Ward Building in NW Portland (2757 NW Wardway, Portland)
    We will hear the voices of the many groups who once lived and worked in historical river communities. We’ll car pool to the many forgotten sites and consider the policies that made this possible. This tour with visit the Zenith tar sands facility and several other sites in the area. Contact Sarah Taylor to register – Sarahsojourner@mac.com or 503-805-4680.

  • Hang Dry Your Laundry For Climate Change

    Sat Aug 10, All Day @ Spin Laundry Lounge, 2326 NE Broadway
    A fun local event with all day free washes and laundry lines, music, food, games and prizes.

  • August Volunteer Orientation

    Wed Aug 14, 6:00PM – 7:45PM @ 350PDX Fellowship Room, 1820 NE 21st Ave
    Come and learn about climate justice, how people power is changing the world, how you can get involved, and meet other cool people in the climate movement. For those completely new to the climate justice movement, or those wanting a refresher. Looking forward to meeting you! Please RSVP so we know how PIZZA to buy. Thanks!

  • Facilitating Just Organizing Spaces Training

    Sat Aug 17, 3:00PM – 5:00PM @ 350PDX, 1820 NE 21st Ave
    This training will share information about how to plan a meeting, facilitate a meeting, and provide space for feedback and conversations about skills folks have in the room. More info here!

  • Civil Disobedience Workshop

    Sat Aug 24, 10:00AM – 3:00PM @ SE Portland
    Another opportunity to join Bonnie McKinlay’s excellent training. This is a great introduction to civil disobedience and is relevant for those who may wish to someday risk arrest, those who want to support others risking arrest, or just for those who want a greater understanding of why civil disobedience is an effective tactic. RSVP for location details -> contact Bonnie: (503) 705-1943, or goto350pdx@gmail.com

Thank you all for the work that you do, and for being part of this magnificent and moving movement,
Chris – 350PDX Volunteer & Communications Coordinator

350PDX Weekly Update – July 31 2019

Hi everyone,

As summer reaches its height we have a fairly quiet newsletter for you this week. It’s a great time to enjoy the Oregon outdoors, but also a great time to jump into the climate movement – especially with the upcoming Climate Strike (come to the Aug 6 General Meeting to get plugged in!).

Here’s your 350PDX weekly update!

Remember to check out the Volunteer Boards for all our current volunteer opportunities, including Tasks, Roles, Representing 350PDX, Stuff we need. And let me know any suggestions or additions!

Updates

  • Summer Appeal

    We are so grateful for all the amazing support we have seen for our 2019 summer appeal! We are SO CLOSE to our $15,000 goal and today is the LAST DAY to make your contribution count towards it! We are currently at 85% of our goal. Please help us with this final push!

    With just a few more generous contributions we will reach our goal and can continue to expand our work in the climate justice movement. Thank you for all of your support, we can’t do this organizing without you!

  • Anissa on X-Ray radio talking about PCEF

    Check Sam Baraso, Ranfis Villatoro, and our very own Anissa out at the 8:32 AM mark! Listen here.

Requests

  • Do you have Non-Profit Development experience?

    350PDX could use your help! We are seeking an experienced development or non-profit professional to volunteer with our development committee. In the coming year 350PDX is going to be stepping up our game. We will be taking on more campaigns, training more volunteers for leadership roles in the movement, and navigating the political landscape of the 2020 election cycle. Collaborating with experienced volunteers to assist in the planning and implementation of our development plan is crucial to sustain our growth. The committee is currently made up of two board members and 1 staff. Committee members must be able to commit to 2-10 hours per month, meeting approximately every other week with flexible scheduling. This could be a great way for you or someone you know to contribute to the climate justice movement! Please email ashley@350pdx.org if interested. Thank you!

  • Help needed for the Multnomah Days Parade!

    Want to march in a parade raising awareness of the climate crisis? This is your chance! Marching in this parade with the 350PDX Southwest Team is a wonderful opportunity for someone new to the movement and for seasoned veterans both to practice having a visual impact in support of the Climate Movement. The parade is just a 20 minute walk and hundreds will see our message.

    When – Meet at 9:30 AM, Saturday, August 17. (Parade begins at 10:00 AM)
    Where – Meet across the street from the defunct Andy’s Garage located at 7991 SW Capitol Highway, Portland, 97219
    Contact – Bob Kaminski, robertwkaminski@gmail.com; Text: 510-610-1705
    (Bob’s email was wrong last week so I’m sending this again. Thanks!)
    See here for more details

Opportunities

  • Environmental Justice Tour of Portland’s Sacrifice Zone

    Thurs Aug 8, 9:00AM @ Meet in front of Montgomery Ward Building in NW Portland (2757 NW Wardway, Portland)
    We will hear the voices of the many groups who once lived and worked in historical river communities. We’ll car pool to the many forgotten sites and consider the policies that made this possible. This tour with visit the Zenith tar sands facility and several other sites in the area. Contact Sarah Taylor to register – Sarahsojourner@mac.com or 503-805-4680.

  • Climate Strike and Week of Action

    Sept 20 – 27, @ Globally
    Tues Aug 6, Climate Strike General Meeting @ 350PDX, 1820 NE 21st Ave
    Save the dates! I sent an email about this a few days ago, but see here for 350.org’s press release that was released today. Interested in being part of the biggest moment in the history of the climate movement? Come to the 350PDX Climate Strike General Meeting on August 6th, 6-8pm. RSVP here.

Thank you all for the work that you do, and for being part of this living and loving movement,
Chris – 350PDX Volunteer & Communications Coordinator

Weekly Update – July 23 2019

Hi everyone,

The votes are in from last week’s poll, and 71% said you preferred this simple newsletter format, so I’m sticking with it! Any improvements or suggestions are always welcome, just give me an email – chris@350pdx.org.

And here’s your 350PDX weekly update!

Remember to check out the Volunteer Boards for all our current volunteer opportunities, including Tasks, Roles, Representing 350PDX, Stuff we need. And let me know any suggestions or additions!

Updates

  • Summer Appeal

    After a year of staff transitions and some internal restructuring, I am excited to refocus on building this grassroots movement through more volunteer orientations, general meetings, skills trainings and making it easier for new and existing volunteers to take part in a range of meaningful, effective climate action. It takes resources to run an organization like 350PDX, from organizing the upcoming Climate Strike, to fixing our website, to mobilizing hundreds of people at Zenith hearings, to supporting volunteer teams.

    Please consider giving today to keep our people-powered movement moving forward. We only have less than two weeks of the summer appeal. So far we have had 50 individual contributions. Will you help us get that number up to 70 individual donations by the end of this week? Thank you! — Chris

  • Strategic Planning is Underway!

    For over 8 hours on Sunday, 350PDX volunteer leaders, board and staff kicked off this year’s strategic planning process, looking to plan out the direction of 350PDX for the next 18 months. These were just very initial conversations setting up the framework (here’s the framework for those interested), and much of the deeper strategy planning will be done by volunteer teams themselves in the coming months. Interested in getting involved, and have experience in strategic planning or creating inclusive processes? Join the Strategic Planning Committee! Email lucy@350pdx.org.

  • Welcome to new 350PDX board members!

    Welcome to new board members Anaïs Tuepker, Jamie Pang, and Jordon Lee. As we grow the board to a sustainable size, we will maintain interim leadership roles. Deb Lev will be serving as interim board president and Allyse Heartwell will be serving as interim vice-president.

Requests

  • Calling all web designers / developers!

    The time has come to give our website a revamp. Over the next few weeks/months the Communications Team will be updating the structure, content and design of our current website, to make it look less like 350pdx.org, and more like 350seattle.org, mn350.org, or just 350.org. We use WordPress and I’m looking for someone with development / design skills to help us along, potentially migrating a theme, or just customizing our current theme. Please email chris@350pdx.org! Thanks!

  • Help needed for the Multnomah Daze Parade!

    The 350PDX Southwest Neighborhood Team is marching again in this year’s parade. They need at least 15 people able and willing to carry signs, props and puppets for an approx 20 minute march. The SW team will have plenty of items to carry, so no need for people to bring their own signs. Join us in spreading the word about the urgency to switch from fossil fuels to clean and renewable energy. The theme on this day will be “All Hands Needed ~ Heal the Earth“.

    Sounds like a fun time? Contact: Bob Kaminski, robertwkaminski@gmail.org; Text: 510-610-1705, to let them know you can come!
    When – Meet at 9:30 AM, Saturday, August 17. (Parade begins at 10:00 AM)
    Where – Meet across the street from the defunct Andy’s Garage located at 7991 SW Capitol Highway, Portland, 97219

Opportunities

  • Metro Transportation Funding Task Force meeting & OPAL Rally

    TONIGHT Wed July 24, 4:30PM – 7:30PM @ Metro Regional Center, council chamber, 600 NE Grand Ave, Portland
    OPAL rally / street theater @ 4:30PM, Metro meeting @ 5:30pm.
    OPAL are continuing their Up With Riders! campaign (read more here), and the Metro taskforce continue working on what will be in the $20bn ballot measure on transportation next November. Money for roads and car infrastructure? No thank you! Facebook event here

  • Environmental Justice Tour of Portland’s Sacrifice Zone

    Thurs Aug 8, 9:00AM @ Meet in front of Montgomery Ward Building in NW Portland (2757 NW Wardway, Portland)
    We will hear the voices of the many groups who once lived and worked in historical river communities. We’ll car pool to the many forgotten sites and consider the policies that made this possible. This tour with visit the Zenith tar sands facility and several other sites in the area. Contact Sarah Taylor to register – Sarahsojourner@mac.com or 503-805-4680.

  • Climate Strike and Week of Action

    Sept 20 – 27, @ Globally
    Tues Aug 6, Climate Strike General Meeting @ 350PDX, 1820 NE 21st Ave
    Save the dates! I sent an email about this a few days ago, but see here for 350.org’s press release that was released today. Interested in being part of the biggest moment in the history of the climate movement? Come to the 350PDX Climate Strike General Meeting on August 6th, 6-8pm. RSVP here.

And just in case you weren’t inspired at the start of this email, but you’re super energized now, here’s the donate button again!


Thank you all for the work that you do, and for being part of this key, kind and sometimes kafkaesque movement,

Chris – 350PDX Volunteer & Communications Coordinator

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Zenith Tar Sands Testimony & Demands to City Council

This testimony was delivered by Jessica on July 15 2019 to a packed public hearing about the Zenith tar sands terminal in NW Portland. It was co-written by Jessica, Dineen and other 350PDX staff and volunteers.

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My name is Jessica Beckett and I’m the Executive Director at 350PDX. Thank you for this opportunity to share our deep concerns about Zenith Energy’s operations in our city. 

Right now, our City is complicit in the expansion, storage, transportation, and burning of the most destructive form of energy on Earth. We appreciate the City’s recently-proposed plans to address the problem of tar sands and toxic crude oil, but we must be moving more boldly and quickly if we are ever to reach 100% renewable energy – and to redress the harms done to frontline communities who must every day breathe and live in this injustice. 

350PDX urges you to do the following:

  • Deny any upcoming permits, including the recent application for a new pipe on Front Avenue. Treat all such permits with a deserved skepticism. Insist on public hearings like this before permitting decisions are made. 
  • Work with the DEQ to ensure Zenith’s plans receive detailed agency and public review, including environmental, public health, and climate assessments of Zenith’s operations. 
  • Implement the fossil fuel zoning code amendments that made history when passed unanimously in 2016, and hold companies like Zenith accountable for attempting to circumvent them.
  • And until all of this is complete, we urge the City to place an immediate stop work order on Zenith’s operations. 

The Northwest Industrial District is where Portland’s just transition away from fossil fuels and towards renewable energy can become reality. This industrial zone can become a model for community-driven renewable energy projects — like those made possible by the Portland Clean Energy Fund! — which can power our city on affordable clean energy and provide jobs to thousands of Portlanders. We have a vision for our community. We ask you, our elected leaders, to join us in this vision by following our demands and putting an end to Zenith.

We have ten short years to save this planet. The time for incrementalism is over. We need action that we’ve never seen before. Mayor Wheeler, Commissioners, what will our legacy be? 

Thank you.

Weekly Update – July 16 2019

Hi everyone,

I’m back, and so is Dineen! We’re back at full power and ready to jump back into summer organizing. Thank you all for your patience for the past few weeks 🙂

Ashley kindly covered the Weekly Update last week (thanks Ashley!) and made it look a bit nicer. Let me know by a quick vote if you prefer the simple option (i.e. like this email), or the prettier option (see here for a reminder of what that looked like last week) – quick vote here!

And here’s your 350PDX weekly update!

Remember to check out the Volunteer Boards for all our current volunteer opportunities, including Tasks, Roles, Representing 350PDX, Stuff we need. And let me know any suggestions or additions!

Updates

  • Summer Appeal

    Last month was the hottest June in recorded history on Earth. The planet has been heating up, but our activism has been too. From the Portland Clean Energy Fund, to our fight against fossil fuel infrastructure, from new campaigns on the Green New Deal and Transportation Justice, to continuing work on ensuring we center climate justice in all our organizing, 350PDX has never been so active. New volunteers are joining every week, and new opportunities, partnerships and campaigns are popping up all the time. But all this activity takes resources, staff time, and money.

    Donations from supporters like you keep our movement alive and growing. We are in the midst of our summer appeal and we have set a goal to raise $15,000 by July 31st. AND the 350PDX Board will match the first $6,000 raised!! (Thanks Board!)

  • Huge Zenith Public Hearing Last Night

    Last night around 500 people showed up to tell City Council to oppose the expansion of the Zenith Energy tar sands terminal – see OPB article here. Mayor Ted Wheeler, Commissioner Chloe Eudaly and Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty heard testimony from local organizations and individuals and responded to questions. They gave strongly worded responses, but until those words are turned into action we will not let up the pressure on the City Council! 350PDX demanded the City deny any upcoming permits; the City work with DEQ to increase scrutiny on this project; the City implement the fossil fuel zoning codes we passed in 2016; and the City place an immediate stop work order on Zenith’s operations! Read 350PDX’s testimony and demands here. Want to get more involved? Come along to the next Fossil Fuel Resistance team meeting, Thurs July 25, 6pm – details here.

Image: Kristian Foden-Vencil/OPB

Opportunities

  • Hike the Divide – First Look Screening

    Wed July 17, 6:30PM – 8:30PM @ 350PDX Fellowship Room, 1820 NE 21st Ave, Portland
    Come be part of the very first audience for Hike the Divide: A Conversation about Climate Action on the Continental Divide Trail! The filmmaker, Connor DeVane, is a 350PDX and Sunrise Movement volunteer. The film is 80mins and will begin at 6:30pm. This is a free event.

  • Training: Inclusion For LGBTQ+ People In The Climate Movement

    Sat July 20, 3:00PM – 5:00PM @ 350PDX Room 201 (upstairs), 1820 NE 21st Ave
    RSVP here. At this training, we will explore the nuances of LGBTQ+ inclusion in the climate movement. We will explore the basics of LGBTQ+ terminology, practice using marginalized pronouns, explore how LGBTQ+ are often excluded, and how we can make our spaces more welcoming and inclusive to the variety of LGBTQ+ experiences. Facebook event here.

  • Metro Transportation Funding Task Force meeting & OPAL Rally

    Wed July 24, 4:30PM – 7:30PM @ Metro Regional Center, council chamber, 600 NE Grand Ave, Portland
    OPAL rally @ 4:30PM, Metro meeting @ 5:30pm.
    OPAL are continuing their Up With Riders! campaign (read more here), and the Metro taskforce continue working on what will be in the $20bn ballot measure on transportation next November. Money for roads and car infrastructure? No thank you!

And just in case you weren’t inspired at the start of this email, but you’re super energized now, here’s the donate button again!


Thank you all for the work that you do, and for being part of this joyful and judicious movement,

Chris – 350PDX Volunteer & Communications Coordinator

The Green New Deal: creating the care infrastructure for a just transition

Opinion blog post from Rachel Slocum, co-facilitator of our Green New Deal Team

Life after a Green New Deal would be a world of free healthcare and childcare, cheap and beautiful public housing, first-class public transport infrastructure, well-funded arts programs and ample leisure time.” Clare Hymer, Novara Media

The Green New Deal: creating the care infrastructure for a just transition

What do Medicare for All, universal child care, child care subsidies for low income households (HB 2348) and paid family and medical leave (HB 2005-3) have to do with climate policy? They represent parts of the ‘care infrastructure’ we need to allow people to live with dignity now, survive climate change tomorrow, and fully decarbonize our society over the next ten years.

As the Pacific NW climate movement takes aim at fossil fuel projects, many advocate a just transition for workers who would no longer build LNG plants and pipelines, but instead would install solar panels or build high speed rail lines. But being able to build green infrastructure requires a scaffold of care: someone to take care of the kids while you’re at work, the time off you need to help your father, health care you can afford.

That scaffold is largely missing in the US. Among OECD countries, the US is second to last, just ahead of Turkey, in public spending specifically aimed to benefit families and children. Consequently, in the US, the net child care costs of a couple earning minimum wage amount to 65% of household income. For a lone parent, it’s much worse.  

In the home, US women do the majority of care giving and housekeeping tasks. With paid labor, household labor, and emotional labor, women do a triple shift. Across society, the absence of a care infrastructure weighs disproportionately on women, indigenous, Black, and people of color.  Indeed, the failure to dedicate spending toward family benefits in this country sends younger, lower income households with children toward poverty.

Read more

Perspective on HB2020: “We Support HB2020 the Clean Energy Jobs Bill”

This blog post was written by 350PDX volunteers on the State Legislation team. Given the broad range of convictions, analyses, and strategies within our community, 350PDX is neutral on HB2020 as an organization, but we encourage our volunteers and supporters to continue to engage in the crucial work of crafting just, ambitious, precedent-setting climate legislation for Oregon.

You can find a companion blog post discussing critiques of HB2020 here.

350PDX State Legislative team and other climate justice groups in Oregon are working together to achieve passage of a strong Clean Energy Jobs bill (HB 2020) that will accomplish these four key objectives:

  1. Legislate a declining cap on greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution and drive down emissions to at least 80% of 1990 levels over the next 30 years.
  2. Make polluters pay for emissions of GHG in our shared atmosphere.
  3. Invest in a just transition to a clean energy future by allocating funds to low income and communities impacted by climate change.
  4. Provide strong, transparent and accessible oversight with representation that ensures geographic and demographic diversity.

HB2020 was developed by some of the most progressive legislators in Oregon, guided by lessons learned from cap and invest programs elsewhere.  The process included a wide array of environmental and social justice groups, members of impacted communities, economists and scientists, public officials, and the general public.  

The proposed HB2020, as sent to the Ways and Means committee will:

  • Raise about $550 million in the initial years, with the majority of the funds to be invested with impacted communities for projects to reduce GHG emissions and support adaptation to climate change;
  • Require all offsets be real, permanent, quantifiable, verifiable, enforceable, in addition to reductions required by law, and at least half of the programs must be in Oregon;
  • Limit use of offsets to 8% of emissions for any entity and ensure that offsets cannot be used by a covered entity in any Oregon community that does not meet established air quality standards;
  • Decrease the number of free allowances by using the ‘best available technology’ standard; and
  • Cover all of road transportation, electric and gas utilities, and industrial sectors. It also mandates study of non-covered sectors including landfills and fuel for airplane, marine and rail locomotives.

Big emitting industries criticize the bill as too much regulation despite economic projections of increased growth resulting from the shift to cleaner energy. Some social justice groups criticize it based on experiences elsewhere where weak caps, low allowance prices and loose offset programs delivered less than hoped for results. Total emissions decreased with these early programs but left some communities with the same or slightly more local emissions. The State Legislation team has watched this bill develop and studied the issues in depth. We see how this bill is different from the earlier versions with a strong declining cap, limited issue of allowances, and controls on pricing and hoarding allowances. Many environmental justice groups around the state participated in work groups and provided advice to the Joint Committee on Carbon Reduction.

In addition to the energy efficiency and bill rebate programs through the utilities, the bill provides specific allocation of the Climate Investment Fund to impacted communities (40%), Tribes (10%) and natural and working lands (20%).  Administration, rule making, and monitoring includes several citizen advisory groups and the Environmental Justice Task Force.

The many benefits that will be achieved with passage of HB2020 far exceed any potential harm. HB2020 will be a key addition to Oregon’s climate legislation, and a national model in progressive cap and invest legislation. It is not a complete solution; there is no single solution for a problem as complex as climate disruption. There will be more work to do.

We will push for the cap decline to ZERO by 2050, as well as a faster decline in free allowances. We must continue to work for additional legislation to stop all new fossil fuel infrastructure in Oregon; to change the State Constitution to divert more transportation funds to public and electric transportation; and to develop statewide legislation to significantly increase carbon stored by forests and agricultural lands.

Passing a strong HB 2020 is a good next step in the plan to reduce GHG emissions to net zero. This bill gives us a framework to improve as public will and momentum grows. Community oversight is built into the program, and will be essential. We will need to protect the declining cap on climate pollution when this law is challenged through the referendum process and assaulted by fossil fuel companies who want to see us fail. We have spent many years getting to this point; now more than ever we need to rally together and act with ongoing commitment and resolve.

The latest IPCC report gives only 10 years to get climate pollution under control, and we cannot afford to wait several more years for “better” legislation.

350PDX State Legislation Team / Capping Carbon Campaign