The Portland Clean Energy Fund (PCEF) is a petition for a November 2018 ballot measure that would increase Portlanders’ resilience to climate change and counteract racial and economic injustice. PCEF would authorize a 1% supplemental business license fee on retail corporations that make over $1 billion in nationwide annual sales. The fee would generate over $30 million a year in revenue, which PCEF will mobilize to advance environmental justice and public health efforts in Portland.
Approximately 85% of housing units in Portland need energy efficiency upgrades, and utility bills are the primary reason families resort to payday loans. PCEF funds will be used to weatherize and solarize Portland homes and businesses, provide job training, apprenticeships, and minority contractor support, provide energy efficiency upgrades for low income housing, and build green infrastructure.
Oregon PSR is excited to join APANO, Coalition of Communities of Color, Columbia Riverkeeper, NAACP Portland Branch 1120, NAYA, the Oregon Chapter of the Sierra Club, 350PDX, Portland Audubon, Verde, and over 150 community organizations, businesses, faith leaders, and elected officials in this effort to promote environmental justice and public health in Portland.
As we turn our attention to the November 2018 ballot, it is vital to counteract hate in our state by opposing the anti-immigrant Initiative Petition 22 (IP 22) that would repeal Oregon's 30-year-old inclusivity law (ORS 181A.820) prohibiting the use of state and local resources to enforce federal immigration law. The group behind the effort, Oregonians for Immigration Reform, are masquerading as an environmental organization to spread their message of hate and nativist extremism. Click here to learn more and pledge NO on IP 22.
Click here to learn more about the Portland Clean Energy Fund initiative.