Transition to Clean Energy

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Oregon PSR's Healthy Climate Program advocates for a just transition to a clean energy economy. Antiquated fossil fuels and dangerous, expensive nuclear power pose both immediate and long-term negative impacts to human health and our climate. A just transition to a carbon-free, nuclear-free energy landscape must prioritize the rights of and be led by communities who are at the greatest risk from climate disruption, including but not limited to communities of color, people experiencing poverty, and Native Americans. We work with our community partners to support and promote clean, renewable energy that is protective of human health.

In 2017 we were proud to partner with climate justice allies, conservation groups, and the City of Portland and Multnomah County in developing and passing landmark resolutions committing the City and County to 100% clean, renewable energy by the year 2050. These resolutions are among the country's most progressive and bold action plans with attention to communities on the front lines of climate chaos (communities of color, low income communities, and more). For more information, take a look at the finished versions:

City of Portland Resolution on 100% Renewable Energy by 2050 (June 1, 2017)

Multnomah County Resolution on 100% Renewable Energy by 2050 (June 1, 2017)

We remain vigilant in tracking how our energy is generated and advocate for a speedy, just transition away from fossil fuels and nuclear power to a clean, renewable energy economy. Pacific Power, one of the largest Portland utilities, currently generates 75% of its power from coal and fracked gas. See the below infographic created in collaboration with our partners at 350 PDX:

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