Portland & Multnomah County Commissioners Need Calls for a Progressive 100% Clean, Renewable Energy Resolution

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Oregon PSR is working tirelessly with partners to secure strong resolutions from the City of Portland and Multnomah County that support a rapid and just transition to 100% renewable energy. We've been on a trajectory to secure the best policy in the nation. Given that 2016 was the warmest year on record and 2016 was the wettest winter on record, we know we have no time to spare if we are to avert climate catastrophe. 

It's very important that we share a common understanding of what is and what is not "renewable energy." As the date for the June 1st hearings and votes on these 100% renewable resolutions fast approaches, industry has pushed back hard on decision makers who agree with us. They pushed so hard that, just yesterday, one of the most critical clauses was deleted from proposed resolutions. 

The "disappeared" clause:

WHEREAS, “renewable energy” specifically excludes energy derived from fossil fuels, nuclear, non-residential biomass, incineration of municipal and medical waste, and any large-scale future hydroelectric development;

We need your help to get it back!

Call Portland City Council: 

Call Multnomah County:

Sample Calling Script:

Hello, my name is _________. 

I live in (Portland/Multnomah County and am a public health advocate/health professional. I support a rapid and just transition away from fossil fuels and towards a healthy climate.  I support reinstatement of the following clause in the Renewable Energy Resolution:

“Renewable energy” specifically excludes energy derived from fossil fuels, nuclear, non-residential biomass, incineration of municipal and medical waste, and any large-scale future hydroelectric development;

I am counting on Commissioner _______________ to include that language and pass it. 

Please DO NOT GIVE IN to pressure from industry and utility lobbyists to weaken or block this critical element of the Renewable Energy resolution. Thank you!

We trust that, with many supportive calls coming from you, we will move our elected leaders to reclaim this significant safeguard in strong resolutions for health and climate justice. Together, we must counter a huge industry/utility push to exclude it.

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PHOTOS: Rally & Hearing to Support Clean, Renewable Energy over Fracked Gas at the Oregon Public Utilities Commission Public Hearing

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On Monday, May 15th, 2017, advocates for clean and renewable energy gathered in downtown Portland to rally against Portland General Electric's proposed permits to build out fracked gas power plants at the Carty Generating Station near Boardman, OR. Although the utility suspended permits for the project on Friday, May 12th, there is no reason why the project couldn't be placed back on the table. Attendees at Monday's hearing made their voices clear to the Oregon Public Utility Commission: suspended permits are not the same as withdrawn permits. Advocates in Portland demanded clean, renewable energy, telling Portland General Electric to hit the "delete" button on fracked gas, not just the "pause" button.

You can add your voice to the 10,000 comments submitted in favor of clean, renewable energy to the Oregon Public Utility Commission: https://goo.gl/forms/j4UswNKWg2RK6gLA3

See below for more pictures of the event. Thanks to all who came out!

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Miko Vergun of Beaverton, OR, one of 21 young people suing the U.S. Government for failing to address climate change.

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Mayor Mark Gamba of Milwaukie, OR discusses dangerous methane emissions from fracked gas.

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Native activist Willa Wallace from the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation speaks about the critical importance of honoring our Earth.

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Oregon PSR Endorses a YES Vote for Healthy Portland Schools

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Oregon PSR endorses a YES vote on Measure 26-193 to get the lead out of Portland Public Schools.

Portland Public Schools haven't had safe drinking water all year.

Be sure to drop off your completed ballots by Tuesday, May 16th!

Learn more: https://www.healthyschoolspdx.com/

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One Million Statements Delivered in Olympia, WA to Protect the Pacific Northwest from Fossil Fuel Exports

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OLYMPIA, WA—Oregon and Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility helped deliver 1 million comments in support of protecting the Pacific Northwest from dirty, dangerous fossil fuel exports today. Power Past Coal, Stand Up To Oil, Columbia Riverkeeper, and other partners called on Governor Jay Inslee and the Washington State Department of Ecology to block the proposed Tesoro Savage oil terminal in Vancouver and deny permits for coal export in Longview. Both projects in Vancouver and Longview, if built, would respectively be the largest oil and coal export facilities in the world. 

See video below from Power Past Coal and Stand Up To Oil:

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Hanford Emergency Underlines Need to End Nuclear Power

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Photo courtesy of King 5

TUESDAY, MAY 9 -- Workers have been evacuated or told to shelter in place because of a tunnel collapse onto a contaminated rail line used to reprocess nuclear waste. 

In an interview with the Washington Post, Edwin Lyman with the Union of Concerned Scientists stated: “It appears that this is a potentially serious event...Collapse of the earth covering the tunnels could lead to a considerable radiological release.”

The incident is a grim reminder that we are still at risk of exposure to highly dangerous radioactive waste from the production of nuclear weapons and nuclear power. You can make a difference: tell the Oregon State Legislature to reject SB 990, which would allow construction of new nuclear power plants that create dangerous nuclear waste.

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A New PGE Gas Plant? XRAY.fm Interview with Damon Motz-Storey and Mia Reback

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http://xray.fm/broadcasts/17248 (start @ 1:32:40)

Host Jefferson Smith interviewed Damon Motz-Storey, Oregon PSR Program Assistant, and Mia Reback of 350 PDX this morning on XRAY In The Morning. Damon and Mia discussed Portland General Electric's permit applications to build out deadly fracked gas infrastructure at the Carty Generating Station near Boardman, OR. Add your name to our petition to support clean, renewable energy instead of expanded use of climate-busting fracked methane gas.

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Oregon High School Students Receive Ninth Annual Greenfield Peace Writing Scholarship Awards

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2017 Greenfield Peace Writing Scholarship Winners

From left to right: Keagan Rice, Kennah Watts, Jessyka Evans, and Brittany Ngia

PORTLAND, OR - Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility was proud to honor four Oregon 11th and 12th graders at the ninth annual Greenfield Peace Writing Scholarship Awards Ceremony on Friday, April 28th at the First Unitarian Church in Downtown Portland. The winning students read their entries alongside a keynote speech from Alisha Moreland-Capuia, MD of OHSU.

 

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Proposed Coal Export Terminal in Longview Will Cause Harm

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Proposed coal export site, Longview, WA. Photo courtesy of tdn.com

April 28, 2017 (LONGVIEW, WA) – The Washington State Department of Ecology and Cowlitz County released the final environmental impact statement (FEIS) for the proposed Millennium Bulk Terminals project in Longview, Washington, the last remaining coal export terminal proposed in the Pacific Northwest. State agencies and Cowlitz County will use the FEIS to decide whether to issue or deny permits to Millennium. “The multiple findings of significant, adverse impacts that cannot be mitigated mean that Ecology and Cowlitz County should deny Millennium’s permit applications. Any other outcome would be scientifically and legally unsupported,” states Jan Hasselman, Staff Attorney with Earthjustice.

A summary of key findings from the FEIS is available here.

Read the full press release here.

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British Columbian Premier Requests End to US Coal Exports Through Canada

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Premier Christy Clark

SEATTLE, WA: Yesterday one of the Canada’s top officials, Premier Christy Clark, requested that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stop the export of U.S. coal out of British Columbia’s ports. This request comes after the Trump Administration imposed a tax on Canadian lumber coming into the United States. If this request is approved, communities across the Pacific Northwest will benefit from a decrease in coal dust and diesel pollution that has long threatened the health of those living along rail lines. Open topped rail cars carrying coal contaminates air and water with particles containing arsenic, lead, mercury, and other dangerous pollutants.

Read the full press release here: British Columbian Premier Requests End to US Coal Exports Through Canada

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Protest of Portland General Electric's Resource Plan Takes a Fracking Twist

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(Photo courtesy of Portland Business Journal)

Oregon PSR hosted a rally outside of Portland General Electric's annual shareholder meeting on Wednesday, April 26th, 2017. Advocates declared loud and clear that ratepayers do not want to be locked into several decades of climate-busting gas power plants. Our Program Assistant, Damon Motz-Storey, was quoted in coverage of the rally by the Portland Business Journal.

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