America’s wind power capacity has quadrupled in the last five years--with Oregon ranking 8th in the nation last year for wind energy production. Thanks to wind energy, America uses less water for power plants and produces less climate-altering carbon pollution. “Clean energy opportunities in Oregon, like wind power, can be part of the solution in addressing climate change,” said Rep. Suzanne Bonamici of Oregon’s First Congressional District.
"Wasting our Waterways" Report Release
Today, Environment Oregon Research and Policy Center released our new report, "Wasting our Waterways," in Portland, Bend, and Eugene documenting the toxic chemicals released in Oregon's waterways in 2012.
Fuel efficiency standards to double by 2025.
After Environment Oregon and our allies delivered more than 10,000 public comments in support of cleaner cars, the Obama administration announced that fuel-efficiency standards will double by 2025 to a fleetwide average of 54.5 mpg: the single biggest step this country has ever taken to end our addiction to oil and tackle global warming.
A brighter future for wind and solar
By tapping the energy of the sun hitting the rooftops of America and the power of the wind blowing off our coasts and across the country, we can meet the energy needs of every household in the nation. New policies we helped win will bring us closer to realizing that potential by making it easier to build wind farms on and offshore, and to put solar panels on our roofs.
Report shines spotlight on plastic pollution
Environment Oregon Preservation Associate Dave Mathews released a report highlighting the damage caused by plastic pollution and the steps that communities worldwide are taking to solve the problem. "Oregon Takes Action: Efforts Around the Globe to Fight Plastic Pollution" notes that 80 governments from Bangladesh to Portland have taken action to reduce consumption of disposable plastic bags.