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Press Release: Oregon Passes Groundbreaking Legislation Requiring 100% Clean Electricity by 2040

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Saturday, June 26, 2021


Damon Motz-Storey,, 303-913-5634 (text, Signal, call)

Press Release: Oregon Passes Groundbreaking Legislation Requiring 100% Clean Electricity by 2040

Rural and community of color-led environmental justice organizations bring labor, clean energy developers, climate and environmental groups, and regulated utilities together to pass historic legislation propelling responsible clean energy development, job creation, and climate action.

[SALEM, OR] — On Oregon’s hottest day in recorded history, the Oregon Senate passed an ambitious bill to transition the state’s electricity to 100% clean energy by 2040 while centering benefits for communities of color and rural, coastal, and low-income communities and workers. The 100% Clean Energy for All bill (House Bill 2021) passed with 16-12 votes. With the passage of this bill, Oregon will have the fastest timeline to eliminate greenhouse gas emissions from the electric sector in the United States.

“100% Clean Energy for All is an exciting, ambitious, and achievable policy grounded in justice for communities who have been historically harmed the most by our energy systems,” said Nikita Daryanani, Climate & Energy Policy Manager at the Coalition of Communities of Color in Portland. “We were proud to be a part of convening key stakeholders from so many sectors to reach consensus on this bill. Now, as a result, Oregonians in every part of the state can see major benefits from more clean energy, such as good-quality jobs, community ownership of disaster-resilient solar projects, and less air pollution. We have adopted the fastest clean electricity timeline of any U.S. state with standard-setting opportunities and benefits for workers and the nation’s first ban on new or expanded fossil fuel power plants.”

The bill, which was chief-sponsored by Representative Pam Marsh (D-Ashland) Representative Khanh Pham (D-Portland) and sponsored by a long list of state representatives and senators, will invest $50 million into community-based renewable energy projects to boost community-owned and developed clean energy projects across Oregon, including disaster-resilient solar plus battery and microgrid projects to sustain access to electricity during extreme weather events. HB 2021 was run as a package with the successful Energy Affordability Act (HB 2475) which creates a low-income rate for energy consumers in Oregon passed earlier this session and the Healthy Homes Act (HB 2842) which invests $10 million for low-income home upgrades that reduce energy and improve health outcomes and is expected to pass later today.

The 100% Clean Energy for All bill requires the utilities to establish community benefits and impacts advisory panels, ensures clean energy job training opportunities are maximized for communities of color, rural communities, and low-income communities in Oregon, caps any energy cost increases to ratepayers at no more than 6%, and requires consultation with Federally-Recognized Tribes for clean energy development that could impact their cultural and natural resources.

“100% Clean Energy for All is a huge step forward for environmental justice in Oregon,” said Candace Avalos, Executive Director of Verde, an environmental justice nonprofit based in the Cully neighborhood of Northeast Portland. “Verde works to build environmental wealth and opportunities for Black, Indigenous, people of color, and low-income communities in Portland. With this bill, we’re seeding clean energy opportunities statewide for Oregonians on the front lines of the climate crisis.”

“We hustled side by side with Oregonians from all across the state and made sure their voices were heard. Unity gave us the strength to get this environmental justice victory.” said Joel Iboa, Executive Director of the Oregon Just Transition Alliance, a coalition of environmental justice organizations who launched the campaign to pass HB 2021. “Our communities across Oregon told us the truth in the middle of the pandemic. Our energy policies currently do not serve the needs of Black, Indigenous, people of color, rural, low-income communities, and people with disabilities. When we organize as a collective, when we let our community speak for themselves, we win”

“The Affiliated Tribes of the Northwest Indians is thrilled to see the passage of House Bill 2021, the 100% Clean Energy for All bill,” said Don Sampson, Climate Change Project Director for the Affiliated Tribes of the Northwest Indians and Chief of the Walla Walla Tribe (Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation). “Oregon is leading the way by ensuring Tribes receive the benefits of clean energy projects and including requirements for Tribal consultation on clean energy projects that could impact sites of archeological, traditional, cultural and religious importance. This legislation is significant because it helps safeguard our land and water even as we take action to prevent climate change.”

HB 2021 also requires that new jobs in clean energy projects greater than 10 megawatts in power output be held to comprehensive responsible workforce and contractor standards.

“Oregon’s essential farmworkers and our communities are still recovering from the impacts of COVID-19 and last summer’s wildfires, and already drought and heat waves fueled by climate change are here,” said Reyna Lopez, Executive Director of PCUN (Pineros y Campesinos Unidos del Noreste), a farmworker union in Woodburn, Oregon. “This 100% Clean Energy for All bill will invest in disaster-resilient community energy projects, support apprenticeships for women, BIPOC, veterans, and people with disabilities, and ensure good wages, benefits, and job training opportunities as Oregon transitions to clean energy. We are thrilled to see HB 2021 head to Governor Brown’s desk and are proud to have organized alongside our partners in the Oregon Just Transition Alliance to achieve this victory.”

“House Bill 2021 is going to help Lake County build upon our growing renewable industry, create good-quality job opportunities, and expand resources for self-contained, locally-owned energy projects,” said Nick Johnson, Executive Director of Lake County Resources Initiative, a Lakeview, OR-based non-profit that supports renewable energy development. “This bill has been well-constructed to support taking full advantage of Oregon’s ample renewable energy resources. We know from experience how transformative these energy projects can be, especially for rural Oregon.”

Along with one of the fastest timelines for emissions free energy in the country, the bill also makes Oregon the first U.S. state to ban new development or expansions of fossil fuel power plants in the state.

“100% Clean Energy for All is an essential piece of environmental justice policy for Oregon,” said Ana Molina, the Statewide Environmental Justice Manager for Beyond Toxics. “Not only will this bill support members of our community who most need jobs and disaster-resilient energy projects, it will also reduce the burden of pollution in communities living near fossil fuel power plants. We are looking forward to continuing to work with our coalition partners to ensure that the needs of rural, coastal, low-income, and Black, Indigenous, and people of color communities are kept central as we make this transition.”

“So many people from all parts of Oregon worked incredibly hard to make 100% Clean Energy for All happen,” said Alessandra de la Torre, who works as an Energy Justice Organizer with Rogue Climate in Southern Oregon. “Last year, Rogue Climate held community meetings in Coos, Klamath, and Jackson Counties to learn what our rural communities want to see in a transition to clean energy. We heard people want community-based energy projects that create good local jobs and affordable energy. HB 2021 is a strong step forward in that direction. In Southern Oregon, we are still rebuilding from last year’s destructive, climate-fueled fires while also bracing for an extremely hot and dry summer, so our communities also know that the clean energy transition has to happen with the urgency that the climate crisis demands.”

“We know that climate change and pollution are disproportionately impacting our Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Asian, and Pacific Islander communities. Therefore, the best solutions are the ones led by our communities, for our communities,” said Eric Richardson, President of the NAACP Eugene-Springfield (Unit #1119). “That’s why we are celebrating a 100% clean electricity standard that tackles climate change and fossil fuel pollution while uplifting Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) communities to receive the benefits of clean energy and jobs. It’s thanks to the organizing of BIPOC Oregonians across the state that this justice-based bill has succeeded.”


House Bill 2021 (100% Clean Energy for All) was one of three bills supported by the Oregon Clean Energy Opportunity campaign, whose leadership consists of rural- and BIPOC-led environmental justice groups convened by the Oregon Just Transition Alliance and its members.

Organizations who support HB 2021 include:



Sábado 26 de junio 2021


Damon Motz-Storey,, 303-913-5634 (mensajes de texto, Signal, llamada)

Oregón aprueba legislación innovadora que  requiere electricidad 100% limpia para 2040

Las organizaciones de justicia ambiental lideradas por comunidades rurales y de color reúnen el sector laboral, las empresas, los grupos climáticos y ambientales, y las empresas de servicios públicos regulados para aprobar una legislación histórica que impulsa el desarrollo responsable de energía limpia, la creación de empleos y la acción climática.

[SALEM, OR] – En el día más caluroso  en la historia registrada de Oregón, el Senado de Oregón aprobó un ambicioso proyecto de ley para hacer la transición de la electricidad del estado a energía 100% limpia para el año 2040, al tiempo que centra los beneficios para las comunidades de color y las comunidades y trabajadores rurales, costeros y de bajos ingresos. El proyecto de ley Energía 100% Limpia para Todxs (Proyecto de la Cámara 2021) fue aprobado con 16-11 votos. Con la aprobación de este proyecto de ley, Oregón tendrá el cronograma más rápido para eliminar las emisiones de gases de efecto invernadero del sector eléctrico en los Estados Unidos.

“Energía 100% Limpia para Todxs es una política emocionante, ambiciosa y alcanzable basada en la justicia para las comunidades que históricamente han sido las más dañadas por nuestros sistemas de energía”, dijo Nikita Daryanani, gerente de políticas de clima y energía de la Coalición de Comunidades de Color en Portland. “Estamos orgullosxs de ser parte de la convocatoria de partes interesadas claves de tantos sectores para llegar a un consenso sobre este proyecto de ley. Ahora, como resultado, lxs habitantes de Oregón en todas las partes del estado pueden ver grandes beneficios de más energía limpia, como empleos, propiedad comunitaria de proyectos solares resistentes a desastres y menos contaminación del aire.”

El proyecto de ley, cuyos patrocinadores principales fueron la representante Pam Marsh (D-Ashland), el representante Khanh Pham (D-Portland) con una larga lista de representantes estatales y senadores patrocinadores, invertirá $50 millones en proyectos comunitarios de energía renovable para impulsar proyectos de energía limpia desarrollados por y de propiedad de las comunidades en todo Oregón, incluidos proyectos de microredes y baterías solares resistentes a desastres para mantener el acceso a la electricidad durante eventos climáticos extremos. HB 2021 se promovió como un paquete con la exitosa Ley de Asequibilidad Energética (HB 2475) que crea una tasa de bajos ingresos para los consumidores de energía en Oregon aprobada anteriormente en esta sesión y la Ley de Hogares Saludables (HB 2842) que invierte $10 millones para mejoras en hogares de bajos ingresos que reducen el uso la energía y mejoran los resultados de salud y se espera que se aprueben más tarde hoy.

El proyecto de ley Energía 100% Limpia para Todxs requiere que las empresas de servicios públicos establezcan paneles de asesoramiento sobre beneficios e impactos para la comunidad, garantiza que las oportunidades de capacitación laboral en energía limpia se maximicen para las comunidades de color, comunidades rurales y comunidades de bajos ingresos en Oregon, limita cualquier aumento en el costo de la energía para contribuyentes a no más del 6%, y requiere consulta con tribus reconocidas federalmente para el desarrollo de energía limpia que podría afectar sus recursos culturales y naturales.

“Energía 100% Limpia para Todxs es un gran paso adelante para la justicia ambiental en Oregón”, dijo Candace Avalos, directora ejecutiva de Verde, una organización sin fines de lucro de justicia ambiental con sede en el vecindario de Cully en el noreste de Portland. “Verde trabaja para generar riqueza ambiental y oportunidades para las comunidades BIPOC y de bajos ingresos en Portland. Con este proyecto de ley, estamos sembrando oportunidades de energía limpia en todo el estado para lxs habitantes de Oregón que se encuentran en primera línea de la crisis climática”.

“Nos metimos de lleno a la par de oregonianxs de todo el estado y nos aseguramos de que sus voces fueran escuchadas. La unidad nos dio la fuerza para lograr esta victoria en la justicia ambiental”. dijo Joel Iboa, director ejecutivo de la Alianza por una Transición Justa en Oregón, una coalición de organizaciones de justicia ambiental que lanzaron la campaña para aprobar la HB 2021. “Nuestras comunidades en Oregón nos dijeron la verdad en medio de la pandemia. Nuestras políticas energéticas actualmente no satisfacen las necesidades de las comunidades de personas negras, indígenas, y personas de color, rurales, de bajos ingresos y personas con discapacidades. Cuando nos organizamos como colectivo, cuando dejamos que nuestra comunidad hable por sí misma, ganamos ”

“Las tribus afiliadas de las indígenas del noroeste están encantadas de ver la aprobación del Proyecto de Ley de la Cámara 2021, el proyecto de ley Energía 100% Limpia para Todxs”, dijo Don Sampson, director del proyecto de cambio climático para las tribus afiliadas de los pueblos indígenas del noroeste y jefe del tribu Walla Walla (Tribus Confederadas de la Reserva Indígena Umatilla). “Oregón está liderando el camino al garantizar que las tribus reciban los beneficios de los proyectos de energía limpia e incluye requisitos para la consulta tribal sobre proyectos de energía limpia que podrían afectar sitios de importancia arqueológica, tradicional, cultural y religiosa. Esta legislación es importante porque ayuda a proteger nuestra tierra y agua incluso cuando tomamos acciones para prevenir el cambio climático”.

HB 2021 también requiere que los nuevos empleos en proyectos de energía limpia con una producción energética superior a 10 megavatios se sometan a estándares de fuerza laboral y contratistas integrales y responsables.

“Lxs trabajadores agrícolas esenciales de Oregón y nuestras comunidades aún se están recuperando de los impactos del COVID-19 y los incendios incontrolados del verano pasado, y ya están aquí la sequía y las olas de calor alimentadas por el cambio climático”, dijo Reyna López, Directora Ejecutiva de PCUN (Pineros y Campesinos Unidos del Noreste), un sindicato de trabajadores agrícolas en Woodburn, Oregón. “Este proyecto de ley Energía 100% Limpia para Todxs invertirá en proyectos de energía comunitaria resistentes a los desastres, apoyará el aprendizaje de mujeres, BIPOC, veteranxs y personas con discapacidades, y garantizará buenos salarios, beneficios y oportunidades de capacitación laboral a medida que Oregón transiciona a energía limpia.  Estamos encantadxs de ver a HB 2021 dirigirse al escritorio de la gobernadora Brown y estamos orgullosxs de habernos organizado junto con nuestrxs socixs en la Alianza por una Transición Justa en Oregón para lograr esta victoria”.

“El Proyecto de Ley 2021 de la Cámara de Representantes ayudará al condado de Lake a aprovechar nuestra creciente industria de energías renovables, crear oportunidades de empleo de buena calidad y ampliar los recursos para proyectos de energía autónomos de propiedad local”, dijo Nick Johnson, director ejecutivo de la Iniciativa de Recursos del Condado de Lake, una organización sin fines de lucro con sede en Lakeview, Oregón, que apoya el desarrollo de energía renovable. “Este proyecto de ley ha sido bien elaborado para apoyar el aprovechamiento completo de los amplios recursos de energía renovable de Oregón. Sabemos por experiencia lo transformadores que pueden ser estos proyectos de energía, especialmente para las zonas rurales de Oregón”.

Junto con uno de los plazos más rápidos para la energía libre de emisiones en el país, el proyecto de ley también convierte a Oregón en el primer estado de EE. UU. en prohibir nuevos desarrollos o expansiones de plantas de energía de combustibles fósiles en el estado.

“Energía 100% Limpia para Todxs es una pieza esencial de la política de justicia ambiental para Oregón”, dijo Ana Molina, gerente estatal de justicia ambiental de Beyond Toxics (Más Allá de los Tóxicos). “Este proyecto de ley no solo apoyará a lxs miembrxs de nuestra comunidad que más necesitan trabajos y proyectos de energía resistentes a los desastres, sino que también reducirá la carga de la contaminación en las comunidades que viven cerca de las plantas de energía de combustibles fósiles. Esperamos seguir trabajando con nuestrxs socixs en la coalición para garantizar que las necesidades de las comunidades rurales, costeras, de bajos ingresos y BIPOC se mantengan en el centro mientras hacemos esta transición”.

“Tantas personas de todas partes de Oregon trabajaron increíblemente duro para hacer que suceda el 100% de Energía Limpia para Todxs”, dijo Alessandra de la Torre, quien trabaja como Organizadora de Justicia Energética con Rogue Climate en el sur de Oregon. “El año pasado, Rogue Climate llevó a cabo reuniones comunitarias en los condados de Coos, Klamath y Jackson para conocer lo que nuestras comunidades rurales quieren ver en una transición hacia la energía limpia. Escuchamos que la gente quiere proyectos de energía basados en la comunidad que creen buenos empleos locales y energía asequible. HB 2021 es un gran paso adelante en esa dirección. En el sur de Oregón, todavía estamos reconstruyendo de los incendios destructivos provocados por el clima del año pasado mientras nos preparamos para un verano extremadamente caluroso y seco, por lo que nuestras comunidades también saben que la transición a la energía limpia tiene que suceder con la urgencia que exige la crisis climática. “

“Sabemos que el cambio climático y la contaminación están afectando de manera desproporcionada a nuestras comunidades negras, indígenas, latinas, asiáticas e isleñas del Pacífico. Por lo tanto, las mejores soluciones son las lideradas por nuestras comunidades, para nuestras comunidades”, dijo Eric Richardson, presidente de la NAACP Eugene-Springfield (Unidad # 1119). “Es por eso que estamos celebrando un estándar de electricidad 100% limpia que aborda el cambio climático y la contaminación por combustibles fósiles al tiempo que eleva a las comunidades de personas BIPOC para que reciban los beneficios de la energía limpia y los empleos. Es gracias a la organización de lxs oregonianxs BIPOC en todo el estado que este proyecto de ley basado en la justicia ha tenido éxito”.


Proyecto de ley de la Cámara 2021 (Energía 100% Limpia para Todxs) fue uno de los tres proyectos de ley respaldados por la campaña Oportunidades de Energía Limpia de Oregón, cuyo liderazgo consiste en grupos de justicia ambiental lideradas por personas BIPOC y de áreas rurales convocados por la Alianza por una Transición Justa en Oregón.

Las organizaciones que apoyan la HB 2021 incluyen:

NW Fracked: Watchdog Groups Call on NW Natural to Drop Fracked Gas Pipeline Through Mt Hood National Forest

For Immediate Release

May 27, 2020


Felice Kelly, 350PDX, 202.494.2852

Brenna Bell, Staff Attorney, Bark, 503.331.0374

Dan Serres, Co-Director, Power Past Fracked Gas Coalition, 503.890.2441

NW Fracked: Watchdog Groups Call on NW Natural to Drop Fracked Gas Pipeline Through Mt Hood National Forest

NW Natural must drop plans to put a fracked gas pipeline through Mt Hood National Forest.

A group of climate and forest watchdog organizations recently found that NW Natural is continuing its involvement in a potential plan to build a fracked gas pipeline across Mount Hood National Forest.

Ahead of their shareholder meeting on May 28th, NW Natural filed reports detailing their investments, including a 50% interest in the Trail West Pipeline, which would cut across the south side of Mt Hood National Forest, hanging above the Scenic Clackamas River, clear-cutting old growth forests, blasting cliffs along Fish Creek, and crossing the Pacific Crest Trail.

NW Natural’s proposed pipeline would carry fracked gas from the Rockies or Canada across the Cascades to the existing Williams Northwest pipeline which could eventually connect to the proposed Kalama methanol refinery on the Columbia River. 

“If NW Natural wants to be a part of a clean energy future, they must stop funding this fossil fuel expansion that would log old growth forests, degrade salmon spawning rivers, and cut across some of the most treasured landscapes in Oregon,” said Felice Kelly, an angler and trail runner who enjoys the Clackamas River corridor.

If the Trail West project sounds familiar, it is because the Trail West pipeline was first proposed by NW Natural in 2007. Then called the Palomar Pipeline, the pipeline was stopped by intense community advocacy. Much of the community resistance was grounded in the beloved landscapes that would be scarred by the pipeline. Since then, the imperative to slow the global climate crisis by not building new fossil fuel infrastructure has grown exponentially more important and urgent.

“Public advocacy and legal pressure stopped this pipeline once before and, while we hope we don’t have to fight it again, we’re ready to,” said Brenna Bell, staff attorney for Bark, a forest-defense organization that organized volunteers to hike the pipeline route across Mt Hood National Forest in 2008 and was part of legal action challenging this route and other energy corridors in the west. 

Pipeline construction would create a 47-mile clearcut through Mt. Hood National Forest and cross 15 rivers and creeks, including the Wild and Scenic Clackamas River (which is popular for anglers and boaters and is home to migrating salmon and steelhead populations). The pipeline would cut through watersheds that serve as the municipal drinking water supply for nine municipalities and hundreds of thousands of people. Mature forests along the Clackamas River currently keep the river clean and cold, while also providing a major carbon sink, actively fighting climate change as they grow. 

“NW Natural’s strategy is a fig leaf for climate-changing fossil fuel pollution,” added Dan Serres, Co-Director of the Power Past Fracked Gas Coalition. “NW Natural is still entertaining plans for a massive new fracked gas pipeline to facilitate the short-sighted greenhouse gas pollution of fracked gas.” Serres added, “If NW Natural is committed to being part of the fight against climate disruption, they should demonstrate that commitment by dropping their participation in the Trail West project entirely. Until they do, let’s call this company what it is: NW Fracked.” 


“Orange Alert” Banner in Path of Potential Trail West Pipeline. Photo courtesy of BARK.

Supporting Documents:

  1. Trail West Pipeline appears in NW Natural’s latest investor presentation from March 2020  (May 2020 Investor Presentation) – see p. 41
  2. NW Natural’s latest SEC filings from March 2020 describe Trail West Pipeline as an active project to its investors (Annual Report)



“Currently, there are various interstate pipeline projects proposed, including the Trail West pipeline in which NW Holdings has an interest, that could meet the forecasted demand growth for NW Natural and the region. However, the location of any future pipeline project will likely depend on the location of committed industrial projects. NW Holdings and NW Natural intend to continue to evaluate and closely monitor the currently contemplated projects to determine the best option for our customers. NW Holdings has an equity investment in Trail West Holdings, LLC (TWH), which is developing plans to build the Trail West pipeline. This pipeline would connect TransCanada Pipelines Limited’s (TransCanada) Gas Transmission Northwest (GTN) interstate transmission line to NW Natural’s natural gas distribution system. If constructed, this pipeline would provide another transportation path for gas purchases from Alberta and the U.S. Rocky Mountains in addition to the one that currently moves gas through the Northwest Pipeline system.” (p. 14)

“We use joint ventures and other business arrangements to manage and diversify the risks of certain development projects, including NW Holdings’ Trail West pipeline…” (p. 21)

“Investments in Gas Pipeline: Trail West Pipeline, LLC (TWP), a wholly-owned subsidiary of TWH, is pursuing the development of a new gas transmission pipeline that would provide an interconnection with NW Natural’s NGD system. NWN Energy, a wholly-owned subsidiary of NW Holdings, owns 50% of TWH, and 50% is owned by TransCanada American Investments Ltd., an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of TransCanada Corporation.” (p. 122)

  1. Historic press release and images of Trail West/Palomar pipeline. 2011. 

Press Release: Record Number of Comments Submitted In Opposition to Jordan Cove LNG Export Terminal and Pacific Connector Pipeline

Taken by Rogue Riverkeeper

More than 42,000 comments were submitted to Oregon’s Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), overwhelmingly in opposition to the Jordan Cove LNG export terminal and Pacific Connector fracked gas pipeline. This unprecedented number of comments ask the agency to deny the Clean Water Act permit required for the project. In the last month, thousands of comments flooded in after Oregon DEQ extended the comment period as a result of public pressure. The comment period closed on Monday, August 20.

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Press Release: Industry Attack on Portland Fossil Fuel Policy Fails

Initially published on July 31, 2018 by Nicholas Caleb on Center for Sustainable Economy

Oregon Supreme Court Declines Review, Leaving in Place Oregon Court of Appeals Ruling in Favor of Portland’s Fossil Fuel Ordinance

July 31, 2018 (Portland, Ore.) — Today, a coalition of public interest groups celebrated news that opponents of Portland’s fossil fuel ordinance have failed in their efforts to overturn the City’s landmark law. In 2016, Portland’s City Council voted unanimously to prohibit new fossil fuel infrastructure such as oil and gas terminals. Last week, the Oregon Supreme Court declined to review a January 2018 ruling by the Oregon Court of Appeals that upheld the Constitutionality of Portland’s Fossil Fuel Terminal Zoning Amendments, dealing another blow to the legal challenges brought by the Portland Business Alliance and the oil industry.

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Portland, OR, City Council Will Vote On Resolution Opposing New Fossil Fuel Infrastructure

For Immediate Release

November 11, 2015

Media Contact: Mia Reback, Organizer, 350PDX,, (310) 717-7966
Nick Caleb, Legal Fellow, Center for Sustainable Economy (CSE),, (541) 891-6761
Dan Serres, Conservation Director, Columbia Riverkeeper,, (503) 890-2441

Portland, OR, City Council Will Vote On Resolution Opposing New Fossil Fuel Infrastructure

Portland, OR: The Portland City Council is set to vote on a resolution opposing new fossil fuel infrastructure on November 12th at 2pm (Resolution 1157). The resolution will be the strongest local fossil fuel infrastructure ban in the country. The hearing is scheduled to last for three hours, and the City Council will hear testimony on proposed amendments from Commissioners Nick Fish and Steve Novick before the City Council votes on the resolution. The hearing can be watched via livestream here:

Community leaders will be available for interviews before and after the hearing.

What: Portland City Council Hearing and Vote on the Fossil Fuel Resolution
When: Thursday November 12th, 2-5 PM
Where: Portland City Hall

The Fossil Fuel Resolution follows the passage of a resolution to oppose new oil train traffic in Portland. The resolution also allows the City of Portland to go on record opposing the proposed TesoroSavage Oil Terminal in nearby Vancouver, WA, which would be the nation’s largest oil-by-rail terminal.

Community Groups including members of the Climate Action Coalition and 350PDX plan to fill City Hall on Thursday with creative visuals to show support for this landmark resolution. The Fossil Fuel Resolution is being supported by community and environmental groups including 350PDX, Portland Audubon Society, Center for Sustainable Economy, member groups of the Climate Action Coalition, and Columbia Riverkeeper; and by the Columbia River Intertribal Fish Commission, Confederated Tribes of the Grande Ronde, and Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs.


Me, Mayor Hales and the Race to Save the World

_MG_2709This morning, before Portland Mayor Charlie Hales met with President Obama to discuss his Clean Power Plan, Mayor Hales and I spoke on the phone to talk about climate change, Arctic Drilling, and the need for strong action on climate. It was such an honor that an elected official like Mayor Hales took time out of his busy day to talk with me. Below are the notes I wrote up before our call that outline the conversation we had. I look forward to continuing my relationship with the Mayor to take stronger action on climate and build a just, equitable society for all.

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