Last week, a draft Climate Action Plan was released by the City of Portland and Multnomah County that will put our region on the map for taking strong action to combat climate change. The nationally anticipated draft Climate Action Plan (CAP) provides a responsible and equitable roadmap for the community to greatly reduce carbon emissions. This plan is over two decades in the making and has risen to the occasion to address the changing dynamics of urban carbon pollution…almost.
First, the good news. Nearly 50 neighborhood associations voiced concern or opposition to coal export. And many are taking similar action on dangerous crude-by-rail. The draft CAP reflects this overwhelming concern for coal and oil export. Objective 3 of the CAP seeks to establish a fossil fuel export policy and advocates for statewide opposition to coal and oil exports. Portland and Multnomah County leaders deserve praise for this action.
The fossil fuel export objective, however, is missing a critical piece. Our city is poised to take bold action on coal and oil export but dangerous propane export, something that the Port of Portland is currently considering, was left out. Read more