In the absence of meaningful action at the federal level, numerous state and local communities are stepping up to the plate to address climate change. The Portland Clean Energy Fund is one example of this important work. The Portland Clean Energy Fund ballot initiative is currently in the signature gathering phase to make the November 2018 ballot. What would this fund do and how would it be funded? Read more
Supporters of a proposed Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) terminal in Oregon are at it again, hoping the third time’s a charm. Twice, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has ruled that Jordan Cove is not in the public interest. Now, FERC is stacked with Trump appointees. Could the already rejected terminal and Pacific Connector natural gas pipeline be headed for approval? There are plenty of reasons why this project would be a bad deal for Oregon and the climate. Read more
Great progress was made in the short Legislative session. Portland is lucky to have as climate champions in the Oregon Legislature, Senator Michael Dembrow, and Representative Ken Helm who have moved the Clean Energy Jobs bill ever closer to the finish line. Below is a quote from Sen. Dembrow that summarizes well where things stand now:
“The 2018 Legislative Session generated the kind of grassroots support we’ve been dreaming of for years. We had another incredible round of hearings early in the session with an enormous amount of outside advocacy, including more than 500 Oregonians from all over the state descending on the Capitol for a lobby day on February 12. Oregon’s tribes voted to support the legislation and came to the Capitol to show support. Nike formally joined the business organizations supporting the legislation, as have many other Oregon businesses and farms. Scores of high school students and even younger children have been roaming the halls calling on us as adults to take action to secure a better future for them and their peers.”
The second film in the One World Films and Conversations series hosted by 350.org Washington County, this documentary follows filmmakers, Jen and Grant, as they attempt to rescue food often wasted from farm to fridge. Enjoy the movie and some free popcorn and stay for the discussion to learn how you can waste less food and about the solutions that local organizations are working on to combat food waste.