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The Fossil Fuel Industry is Fighting Back

Today 350PDX is proud to officially support the efforts of the City of Portland and our allies at Columbia Riverkeeper, Portland Audubon, Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility and Center for Sustainable Economy in opposing the industry challenge to the fossil fuel terminal ban.

Want to take action to protect the fossil fuel infrastructure ban?

Call the office of Ted Wheeler and let his office know you support The City of Portland doing everything it can to defend the Fossil Fuel Terminal Zoning Code Amendments.

Call Ted Wheeler at: 503-823-4120
Email Ted Wheeler at: mayorwheeler@portlandoregon.gov

Read our joint press release and visit the web page on the LUBA appeal for more info. Read more

2017 Climate Change Fight Starts Early

In 2017, the fight against climate change starts early. Read more to find out how you can help.

Proposed location of Portland General Electric (PGE)’s new Carty natural gas facility near Boardman, Oregon

Portland General Electric (PGE) is requesting an amendment from the Oregon Department of Energy to expand its Carty natural gas plant. The plant is located near Boardman, Oregon. Comments on this proposal are due by February 3, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. (see details below). Why should we care? The natural gas plants will emit a lot of greenhouse gasses! Natural gas is not a clean bridge fuel and we need to keep it in the ground.

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The Fossil Fuel Industry Will Not Grow in the City of Portland

ffp-code-nov10-7-705x470After the second of two public hearings, Portland City Council is poised to set a historic national precedent by halting the expansion of fossil fuel infrastructure and prohibiting new fossil fuel terminals as well as expansions of existing facilities within Portland. At Wednesday’s hearing, Council members voted 3-0 on amendments that further restrict fossil fuel infrastructure. While the final vote is scheduled for December 8, the Council made its intentions clear today: the fossil fuel industry will not grow in the City of Portland. The vote was met with a standing ovation from enthusiastic community members who were instrumental in shaping this proposal over the last year.

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Testimony Tips & How to Submit Public Comments

Tips for Writing Public Comments and Giving Testimony

A public comment is a formal letter sent to decision-makers (such as the city council), describing your position on a policy, project or plan. Below is an outline of what a public comment should contain: Read more

PDX Final Hearing to Ban Fossil Fuel Infrastructure

Portland has the chance to prohibit all new fossil fuel terminals and require our existing facilities to make much needed seismic safety improvements.

On Thursday, November 10th, The Portland City Council will hold the final public hearing on the fossil fuel zoning code changes that could legally prohibit new fossil fuel terminals in the City of Portland! Please attend (wearing red!) and testify to support the strongest fossil fuel code changes possible.

WHAT: Final Hearing to Ban Fossil Fuel Infrastructure
WHEN: Tuesday November 10th. Hearing 2-5PM, Rally 1:15.
WHERE: Portland City Hall (1221 SW 4th Avenue)
RSVP: Online or via Facebook.

Why does this matter? Fossil fuels are inherently unsafe throughout their entire lifecycle from extraction to combustion. In order to prevent uncontrollable catastrophic climate change, we need to prohibit ALL NEW FOSSIL FUEL PROJECTS and begin a managed decline of our existing fossil fuel facilities.

Huge thanks to all the groups working on this including, Portland Audubon, Columbia Riverkeeper, Climate Action Coalition, Friends of the Columbia Gorge, OR Physicians for Social Responsibility, Center for Sustainable Economy, the Sierra Club and more!

Action Alert: Drop off materials in Portland to support Sioux Standing Rock Protest against the Dakota oil pipeline

350PDX Community: There are spots in Portland to drop off materials being run to the Sioux Tribe protest against the Dakota Access pipeline. A new frontline encampment has just been set up in direct line of the pipeline where ~120 people were just arrested. The fight is heating up and we need your help. Please see this Facebook Page for a list of materials requested and places to drop off donated items before November 2 when a team will make a run.

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Let’s Get Our Legislators To Up Their Game And Go For The Gold

cav-mkcvaagpfsvYou might imagine that Earth got caught up in all the buzz about the Olympics and Paralympics, given all the records it’s been setting, in particular global temperature records. Of course there’s only one Earth so the climate’s been competing against itself, with each of the last twelve months (through September 2016)  exceeding the previous record average temperature for that month since records began being kept about 150 years ago.

Climate Change is racing on ahead but the Oregon legislature is falling behind despite climate awareness on the part of many individual legislators. Read more

Indigenous Solidarity is Making History in North Dakota

web_th_nodapl-riders_rain-9534-thosh_collinsTo date, 87 American Indian Nations have stood in support of the Standing Rock Sioux and their ongoing fight against the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), whether by letters, resolutions, or by sending delegations of tribal members to the Sacred Stone Camp. Many have shown their support by sending much needed water, and goods to the camp. The Apsaalooke Nation (Crow) has brought water, camping supplies, over 700 pounds of processed buffalo meat, firewood, dry goods, and monetary donations from tribal members. The Cherokee Nation recently sent 19 pallets of bottled water, basically a semi truck full, to the camp in solidarity. The Cheyenne and Arapaho have sent pallets of water and buffalo. There was also an announcement that a whole cow had been donated as food, and a car dealer had donated an SUV for delivering supplies. Follow this link to donate and support the Camp of the Sacred Stones. Go here to see a beautiful collection of photos from the last week at the camp. Read more

Update: Struggle for Clean Water and Tribal Sovereignty Intensifies in North Dakota Against the Dakota Access Pipeline

no_dapl-holding_the_line-courtesy_honor_the_earth-1A U.S. District Judge ordered Native American protesters Wednesday to stop blocking the construction of a $3.8 billion oil pipeline set to cross four states and major rivers, said a Sioux official.

The temporary restraining order follows days of protest which have halted construction at the site.

As of today, Wednesday, August 17th, 28 people total have been arrested at the construction area by the Sacred Stone Camp, home base for those defending the land and water from this pipeline. Highway 1806 near Mandan has been closed and traffic has been re-routed. At least 1,000 people are protecting this area as best they can with non-violent civil disobedience and ceremonies. Read more

Vancouver bans oil terminals!

Rally Supporting The Ban

Portland’s neighbors in Vancouver, WA have taken a bold stance against oil terminals. The City Council voted unanimously 7-0 to prohibit crude oil storage, handling, and refining facilities in Vancouver’s industrial zones. Council chambers were packed full, and an overflow room opened to accommodate the crowd of 150 supporters whom stayed into the late evening to participate in this historic vote. Columbia Riverkeeper, a local non-profit, has been central to the organizing efforts to pass this important ordinance. Read a full report-back from them about the event.

The ordinance recommends code amendments to make permanent the current, temporary moratorium on building or expanding crude oil storage facilities, which expires in August, 2016. Read more