Minimizing Risk Amid the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Outbreak

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At Oregon PSR, we are doing our part to keep our communities safe from the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Public health experts’ understanding of the situation is evolving rapidly and we encourage you to continually check with the World Health OrganizationCenters for Disease Control and PreventionOregon Health AuthorityMultnomah County Health Department, and any other local county health department for the latest information.

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Make Sure You’re Registered to Vote in Oregon Before April 28th!

Vote_Oregon_logo.pngAs a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, Oregon PSR does not endorse candidates running for elected office. We do, however, encourage people to exercise their voting rights. We encourage all of our supporters to vote, and we encourage you to make sure that you are registered to vote before Tuesday, April 28th.

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Organizing for Peace: How to Pass a City Council Resolution

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On February 10th, in order to build on the momentum from the International Day of Action Against War with Iran, CODEPINK conducted a webinar with Kelly Campbell, Oregon PSR’s Executive Director, and Dr. Goudarz Eghtedari of the American Iranian Friendship Council about how to successfully pass city council resolutions and organize congressional town halls in your local community.

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Update & Take Action on Jordan Cove LNG

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Only two months into 2020, the Jordan Cove LNG export terminal and Pacific Connector fracked gas pipeline proposed by Canadian fossil fuel company Pembina has suffered a slew of defeats thanks to region-wide organizing led by southern Oregonians. This massive fracked gas project would quickly become Oregon's largest single emitter of greenhouse gases and disrupt property rights, Tribes, natural resources, and existing fishing and tourism jobs. Oregon PSR has participated in numerous events that continue to signal that Oregon does not want this project and that our state has the authority to prevent it from ever being built.

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Radioactive Fracking Waste a Threat to Public Health

PatriciaKullberg.jpegThis article, written by Oregon PSR Healthy Climate Action Team Member Patricia Kullberg, MD (pictured right), originally appears in the February 26, 2020 edition East Oregonian.

In 1980, Oregon outlawed the dumping of radioactive waste. Just last year, Oregon enacted a five-year ban on fossil fuel fracking. Even so, a nationwide epidemic of illegal dumping of radioactive waste from fossil fuel fracking has spread into our state. Millions of pounds of radioactive fracking waste have been illegally dumped at the Arlington landfill.

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Meet our 2020 Greenfield Peace Writing Scholarship Judges and Keynote Speaker

With the submission deadline for our 2020 Greenfield Peace Writing Scholarship having passed, we're delighted to announce the members of this year's judging team and the Keynote Speaker for the April 25th Awards Ceremony. 

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Facing Widespread Opposition, Jordan Cove LNG Withdraws Application to OR Dept. of State Lands

Just one week before an expected permit decision from the Oregon Department of State Lands (DSL), Jordan Cove LNG has withdrawn their application for a Removal-Fill permit to dredge millions of cubic feet of sediment out of Coos Bay for LNG tankers and construct a pipeline through and under hundreds of waterways in Southern Oregon. The massive fracked gas project cannot move forward without this permit.

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Don't Use 'Junk' Science to Guide Policy

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In October 2019, the state Department of Environmental Quality issued a new air quality permit for the Covanta trash incinerator outside Salem, the 20th largest emitter of greenhouse gases (GHGs) in Oregon.

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Great Turnout for November 20th Fossil Fuel Zoning Amendments Hearing!

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Thank you to everyone who was able to make it out to the Wednesday, November 20th Fossil Fuel Zoning Code Amendments hearing at the Portland City Council! A sea of supporters wearing red filled the Council chambers to show our elected leaders that we support banning new and expanded bulk fossil fuel facilities.

Special thanks to Kelly O’Hanley, MD (pictured above giving testimony) for representing Oregon PSR during the public comment period. We appreciate all of the speakers and attendees, and we are thankful for the great turnout and testimony.

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Massive Rally Demands Governor Brown Stop Jordan Cove LNG Project

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Oregon PSR's Healthy Climate Action Team member Patricia Kullberg, MD, MPH was a featured speaker at the rally to #StopJordanCove LNG in Salem on Thursday, November 21st. She spoke of a vision of healthy communities connected to the land and water, free from the threat of fossil fuel terminals and pipelines.

On Thursday, November 21st, nearly 750 people from across Oregon and northern California, including Indigenous community members, impacted landowners, young people, and many others came together to demand that Governor Brown stop the proposed Jordan Cove LNG project and Pacific Connector fracked gas pipeline. The proposed Jordan Cove Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) export terminal in Coos Bay, as well as the proposed 229-mile Pacific Connector fracked methane gas pipeline, is an extremely hazardous fossil fuel project that would threaten our clean air, clean water, a stable climate, and the health of our communities. If approved, this project would constitute the largest single greenhouse gas pollution source in Oregon.

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