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Tank of Doom 6th Great Extinction Bomb Train Ride

imagesIce caps melt, sea-level rises, weather gets weird, oceans acidify. The 6th Great Extinction is underway but the Culture At-Large acts like nothing is happening. This must be a Cartoon. So, dig that Daffy Duck costume out of the closet. Join us for some Looney good times and Tunes touring with the Tank of Doom— rollin’ bike-powered fossil fuel buffoonery.  Ride along NoPo’s infamous oil-train blast zones with stops for fun and food…

What: Maybe dress up like a soon-to-be-extinct animal and ride through NoPo’s infamous oil-train blast zones

When: Saturday, June 13th, 12-4pm

Where:  Starts at Khunamokwst Park, NE Alberta St & NE 52nd Ave Take Trimet

Wes Kempfer, wkempferjr at gmail daht comm, tankofdoom.info, 503-926-3867  [forum]

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Zombie Propane export terminal to get new legs?

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Call, write, email Commissioner Fish;

Portlanders have made it clear–

We don’t want a Canadian-fracked China-exportin propane terminal in Portland!

nick@portlandoregon.gov

(503) 823-3589

1221 S.W. 4th, Room 240, Portland OR  97204  

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The Oregonian/OregonLive  —  Ted Sickinger —  May 22, 2015

A controversial propane export terminal that many assumed died when Mayor Charlie Hales yanked his support could get a second chance at City Hall.  

Portland Commissioner Nick Fish says he has asked the city attorney to determine if Pembina Pipeline Corp has a legal right to a hearing on the zoning change it is seeking to move the project forward.

The city planning commission has recommended the zone change, which requires city council approval. A hearing would bring up the matter for a vote.

Fish said he hasn’t decided whether to support the project. But if Pembina is entitled to a hearing, he intends to talk with company officials about bringing the issue before the council for a vote.

“I think at some point the integrity of the building is at stake,” he said.

Hales was the project’s most prominent champion until two weeks ago, when he abruptly decided that community opposition to the project was too strong. He also concluded that Pembina had not established that the project met the city’s environmental standards.

Hales didn’t cite specific standards, but he pulled the zoning change from the council’s June 10 agenda and said he wouldn’t put it back on.

The move was applauded by neighborhood groups and environmental advocates, who vehemently oppose the project. But it left Pembina in limbo, and many in the community questioning whether the city was running a fair and transparent process.

It’s a question that’s has swirled around the propane terminal since the Port of Portland and the mayor unveiled the project last September. Opponents claim environmental and safety reviews have been inadequate, and that city leaders were expediting the project without adequate vetting.

Some see the project as something of a referendum on the city’s commitment to sustainability and climate action. Others say it tests the city’s commitment to recruiting industrial jobs.

Portland’s Planning and Sustainability Commission narrowly recommended the zone change needed at the Port of Portland’s Terminal 6. The change would allow the company to run a pipeline over a narrow strip of land currently zoned for conservation.

The zoning change is key hurdle for moving the project forward, and Pembina executives were in town earlier this week drumming up support to get the project back on track at City Hall. The business community is lobbying commissioners to do the same.

More here

Even if the zoning decision goes to the council, it’s not clear it will pass. None of the other commissioners has committed to support the project.

– Ted Sickinger 

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Ain’t Enough Paint to Greenwash This Pig

“Canadian energy giant Pembina Pipeline isn’t sweating” Mayor Charlie Hales’ withdrawal of support for the $500 million propane terminal proposed for North Portland according to the Portland Mercury’s May 7 report.

Hales assured us back in September, 2014 that the facility in the Rivergate industrial district would be “transformative”, yielding 600 to 800 construction jobs, up to 40 permanent jobs and paying $3.3 million in property taxes each year, recounts the Willamette Week.  “This is great news,” Hales extolled.

The Mayor’s sudden about-face followed months of overwhelming public opposition to the terminal, including a six-hour marathon before the Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission on April 7.  The Portland Mercury reported that “more than 300 activists showed up for the meeting, with representatives from neighborhood associations, Native American tribes, and environmental groups” to express concern and anger around environmental and safety issues. One overriding concern was that the terminal would fly in the face of  the city’s Climate Action Plan.  The commission, in a 6-4 vote, recommended supporting a proposed zoning change to accomodate the terminal, and sent the issue to Portland City Council for a final decision.

Whether Mayor Hales’ change of heart was motivated by political survival or genuine consideration of public opposition, he had already let the pigs out of the barn. Now Portland faces an uphill battle, one that both propane proponents and  the opposition are more than ready for.

Indeed, just hours after Hales’ declararon the project is “not a winner,” Pembina issued a press release stating that the company “reaffirms its plans to proceed towards next steps in the development of its proposed Portland Propane Export Terminal Project”.

Really? What happened to Pembina CEO Mick Dilger’s assurances that “if it turns out the people of Portland don’t want this, we don’t have a deal“.

And now, the Port of Portland doesn’t wanna take “No” for an answer: “The Port fully supports Pembina’s continued efforts to site a propane export facility here. The Mayor’s withdrawal of support for the proposed propane terminal … is surprising and disappointing…due to the Mayor’s early support, the company has spent $15 million to comply with various city regulations and requirements of the zoning change process.

The City Council and the Port Commission will come to realize that there ain’t enough paint in this town to greenwash a 36,000 barrel-per-day fracked gas propane terminal on the Columbia.  Our job is to make it crystal clear that support of this terminal would be political suicide.

Charlie finally got the message. The rest of the City Council and the Port Commissioners are next.

The next hearing is June 10th. Please call and write the City Council today.

Propane Backup Page 4/8/15

Portland was recently awarded the title of Climate Action Champions. Despite this, Portland is on the verge of rolling back its environmental code along the Columbia River to allow a fossil fuel terminal to ship dangerous liquefied propane. Does this sound like a city wins presidential climate awards? Our city currently has a law that prohibits the transport of hazardous materials, like liquid propane gas (LPG) via pipeline through conservation zones like the sensitive riparian areas along the shores of the Columbia. This law has existed since 1989. Why change it now? A Canadian fossil fuel extraction and export company wants to ship dangerous liquefied propane from Terminal 6. Mayor Hales has already rolled out the red carpet for LPG, declaring “This is great news” in a public statement on the proposal. Fewer environmental protections and more carbon pollution; doesn’t sound like “great news”.

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How To Get Involved:

Step One for Pembina is securing an environmental code amendment from the Portland City Council. This code amendment is presently being drafted by the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability. The Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) meeting on Tuesday, April 7th, 2pm, at will be the second opportunity to testify in opposition to Pembina’s humongous propane terminal.  If the PSC recommends denial of the code amendment the the project is dead! If they aren’t swayed by a room of concerned folks speaking out against exporting carbon pollution and they recommend approval, the issue will go to to the City Council for a vote.

Attend the PSC meeting and tell Pembina to keep its carbon in the ground!

 Please RSVP to info@portlandrisingtide.org so we know you’ll be there. Include ‘Propane” in the subject line! Thanks!

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Portland Propane Photo Petition

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 What is Propane and Why are We Opposed to Exporting it?

On September 2, 2014, Pembina, a Canadian oil company with heavy investments in the Alberta tar sands, announced plans to build a liquefied propane (LPG) export terminal at the Port of Portland’s Rivergate Terminal on the Columbia River at Terminal Six. LPG is the by-product of the ‘extreme energy’ extraction fracking business. Extreme energy is the term for fossil fuels that are extracted from the Earth with processes that are freshwater and chemically intensive and pose significant risks to both human and nonhuman life.

Pembina’s proposal for the Port of Portland aims to bring propane derived from fracked natural gas refining on unit trains, liquefy it in refrigerated storage tanks and then export the LPG on large vessels creatively referred to as VLGCs (very large gas carriers) to Asia.

Pembina is trying to sell propane as a ‘bridge fuel.’ The company says that using propane is getting us off other forms of energy. But that argument is just sugarcoating the truth. Continuing to invest in carbon-polluting fossil fuels puts real solutions to the climate crisis out of reach. Fracked propane, put on a train and shipped thousands of miles, liquefied in a tank in Portland and exported to Asia and sold to the highest bidder involves lots of literal bridges, and it also involves a trail of fracking chemicals, refinery pollution, diesel train particulate matter, fugitive volatile organic compound emissions and greenhouse gases.

Here are the specifics of Pembina’s proposal [1]:

  • One unit train per moth: 1.3 mile long train full of propane every other day
  • 36,000 barrels/day, plans to grow to 72,000 barrels/day
  • Tankers 2-3X per month called VLGCs (very large gas carriers); Exclusion zone 650-800 ft on either side of vessel, would affect shoreline traffic but not river traffic
  • Onsite Port of Portland LPG storage: two big refrigerated tanks, propane kept at -40 Fahrenheit, 600,000-700,000 barrels storage (up to 30 mil. gals.)  
  • The Pembina proposed propane export terminal would result in over 10,000 tons of CO2 each day*. This is just from the burning of propane, it doesn’t include the massive footprint involved in the fracking, liquefying or shipping process. The carbon from these emissions will not stay within the borders of the region where the propane is burned, rather, it will affect the climate and carbon emissions around the globe.

*37,500 barrels of propane per day x 42 gallons of propane per barrel[2] x 12.7 lbs of CO2 per gallon[3] /2000 = 10,001.25 tons of CO2

 Portland Officials Must Roll Back Environmental Protections for Pembina and Propane Export

Here’s an interesting fact: Pembina’s propane export terminal proposal is currently illegal under City of Portland zoning regulations. An October, 2014 article in the Portland Mercury outlines the hurdles that Pembina faces:

The project, as currently envisioned, runs afoul of the city’s zoning code—specifically, the city’s rules for safeguarding sensitive wildlife along the Columbia. And unless Portland City Council is willing to slightly tweak those rules, at a hearing as soon as next spring, then the project would be impossible to build.

Planning and code enforcement officials have been weighing what seems like a fairly clean revision: adding pipes and pipelines to that short list of exemptions. Except that’s not as easy as it seems. That kind of change in the zoning code, without limits, could apply to land with similar protections elsewhere in the city, farther up the Columbia and around places like Balch and Johnson Creeks.

According to the city of Portland 33.430.017, the “Environmental Conservation zone conserves important resources and functional values in areas where the resources and functional values can be protected while allowing environmentally sensitive urban development.”

Pembina’s operations require the construction of an LPG pipeline across an Environmental Conservation Habitat (ECH) zone along the Columbia River. Unless the city alters its code, a pipeline is not allowed through this zone. Preserved riparian zones along the Columbia River within Portland city limits are very limited and the proposed rezoning weakens what currently exists.

If the City of Portland were to undergo the extensive recoding process and allow the transport of hazardous materials through ECH zones it would send a clear message that Portland’s environmentally protected areas are simply a piggy bank waiting to be broken when a major industrial development arises. Recoding the city’s environmental areas to cater to a fossil fuel company sends a clear message that city climate plan

Concerned about oil trains exploding? Propane trains are risky too.

Trains carrying propane pose a similar explosion risk to trains carrying Bakken crude oil. In October 2013 13 cars rail cars – four carrying petroleum crude oil and nine loaded with liquifed petroleum gas – came derailed in the middle of the night in the town of Gainford, Alberta. Three of the derailed cars leaked their contents and caught fire.

In January 2014 another propane/crude oil train derailed, caught fire and exploded. 17 rail cars derailed in the New Brunswick province; two of the cars carrying LPG and one car carrying crude oil caught fire in the derailment. Over 100 homes were evacuated after the derailment. 

Opposition to propane trains and terminals are not limited to the west coast. In the town of Portsmouth, New Hampshire a proposed propane terminal and the trains required to supply the facility are facing fierce opposition from citizens and elected officials. An April 2014 article in the local Sea Coast paper quoted elected officials voicing their concern:

State Sen. Martha Fuller Clark believes the proposed increase in the number of trains carrying rail cars filled with propane through the heart of the downtown poses a risk to development along the rail line. “It seems to me that it’s a public safety issue for the new developments downtown along the rail, including HarborCorp,” Fuller Clark said during an interview Tuesday.5

Mayor Robert Lister said Wednesday that it is a concern to have trains carrying propane “going by any building at all.” “I think it’s worth a serious conversation to think about public safety,” Lister said, noting he has concerns about the speed of the trains and the condition of the tracks.

Pembina’s Web of Fossil Fuel Profits

Pembina is more than just a wannabe propane exporter. They’re deeply invested in the massively destructive Alberta tar sands. Allowing them to profit in Portland allows them to profit in the tar sands. We have to draw the line.

Here’s Pembina’s company map. The central facility in red is called the Redwater Fractitioner. It’s where the propane from the natural gas fracking fields is refined. Just below the Redwater Fractitioner is an image of trains and trucks….that’s where Portland’s proposed export terminal comes in. Note how Redwater is linked to the tar sands refining and extracting (top part of the blurry map).

pembina network

[1] http://www.oregonlive.com/business/index.ssf/2014/09/pembina_chief_provides_first_d.html 

[2] http://www.neo.ne.gov/statshtml/79b.htm

[3] http://www.eia.gov/environment/emissions/co2_vol_mass.cfm

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Portland propane export project hits environmental snag

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Confluence: A Vision for Inclusive Community Governance featuring Walter Echo-Hawk

Conversation and Talking Circle
Free and open to the public

PSU Native American Student Community Center

710 SW Jackson St, Portland, Oregon 97201
Monday, April 20, 6 -8pm
 
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Walter Echo-Hawk is a Native American attorney, tribal judge, author, activist, and law professor. He represents Indian tribes on important legal issues, such as treaty rights, water rights, religious freedom, prisoner rights, and repatriation rights. His career spans the pivotal years when Indian tribes reclaimed their land, sovereignty, and pride in a stride toward freedom.

Join us as we explore the opportunities for the greater Portland area to embrace an inclusive vision of community governance that equitably represents the priorities of Indigenous Nations.

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CTUIR Supports OR DEQ Budget Citing Increased Danger of Spills

What follows is the March 25, 2015 testimony of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation at a public hearing on HB 5018 in front the Joint SubCommittee on Natural Resources in Salem. HB 5018 will specify the budget for the DEQ for the next biennium starting July 1, 2015. 

Co-Chairs Devlin and Rayfield and Members of the Committee:

The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) would like to offer our support for the budget of the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (ODEQ). The CTUIR appreciates the cooperative working relationship we have with ODEQ, and have for many years. Our relationship has not been without disagreements from time to time, but the CTUIR remains confident that ODEQ is doing an excellent job protecting the resources on which the CTUIR and all citizens of Oregon rely.

The CTUIR is aware that there are many priorities that the legislature must balance in developing the budget and we would like to lend our support to the important work ODEQ does to reduce risks to the public from environmental hazards. In addition to the proposed budget items, the CTUIR would like to see additional funding provided to ODEQ to address implementation and enforcement of water quality standards and regulations as well as sufficient resources to address harmful spills to the environment. ODEQ has a solemn duty to help reduce the burden of toxic chemicals that are too often found in our water, in our air, and across the landscape. We should constantly seek to reduce the use and discharge of unhealthy chemicals and contaminants in the first place as much as possible.

Source reduction is the most sensible, productive and cost-effective approach, one that should go hand-in-hand with protective standards and regulations. Delay, either in reducing sources or repairing the damage that has already occurred, will only result in a greater toll on human health and the environment. Furthermore, delay will increase the long-term costs of restoring what has been damaged.

A study by the Oregon Environmental Council found that environmentally attributable diseases—like cancer, birth defects, and neurobehavioral problems—cost Oregonians at least $1.57 billion annually. We as a state must do all we can to limit these unnecessary risks to our health and other costs to our communities. We cannot afford these preventable and excessive expenses in times of economic hardship, but most importantly, we should not tolerate the needless harm to the health and well-being of our people. The CTUIR believes that ODEQ Director Pedersen has demonstrated strong leadership and vision in recognizing that we as Oregonians must do more to understand and reduce the damage caused by environmental pollutants. The Director and his staff are implementing initiatives that are crucial to a healthy, sustainable and resilient Oregon.

Implementing Water Quality Standards: A major priority for the CTUIR with respect to ODEQ’s 2015-16 biennium budget is support for implementing revised toxics water quality standards for human health and aquatic life. Oregon was TUIR Testimony regarding SB 5018 Before the Joint Ways & Means Subcommittee on Natural Resources March 25, 2015 Page 2 of 2 Treaty June 9, 1855 ~ Cayuse, Umatilla and Walla Walla Tribes the first state in the nation to adopt a Fish Consumption Rate based on scientific data derived from tribal consumption surveys. Water quality standards based on this rate protect not only tribal members but every citizen of the state who consumes fish. The Oregon standards protect the State’s citizens and fish and other resources that form a major part of our shared heritage. They have been a beneficial step forward that we can all be proud of. But to fulfill their promise, they must not merely exist on paper, but in actual practice, on the ground.

Decreasing toxics and their effects on people and organisms requires full, fair and timely implementation of the revised standards. Sufficient, secure funding is essential, and will ultimately pay ample dividends in the future. The CTUIR appreciates ODEQ’s long-standing commitment to these efforts, and the support of the Legislative Assembly to make them a reality.

Funding Additional Staff to Address Spills Oregon and the region are facing an onslaught of fossil fuel transport projects—coal, oil and natural gas, by rail, barge and ocean-going ships. Increasing shipments of crude oil by rail are already taxing an overly-stressed rail infrastructure. The State of Oregon needs more staff at ODEQ who can respond to spills to make sure that the environment is protected. Derailments occur constantly, most of them in railroad yards or on sidings at slow speeds with little or no releases. However, our rail infrastructure is incredibly open and expansive, with hundreds of miles of rail in Oregon. There are thousands of crossings, with each one a potential disaster from vehicles getting struck by an increasing number of trains. The CTUIR has witnessed two train derailments in our ceded lands in just the last eight months. They could have been much more disastrous than they eventually turned out to be. The first occurred on August 1, 2014, along the Columbia River, where 13 cars derailed and 7 ended up in the river. Fortunately, the seven cars in the water were empty; had they been loaded with crude oil the consequences may have been far different. The second derailment occurred on March 2, 2015, just weeks ago, when 10 cars derailed two miles east of Meacham, Oregon, on the headwaters of Meacham Creek, just a few miles away from Interstate 84. Meacham Creek is one of the primary tributaries to the Umatilla River that runs through the Umatilla Indian Reservation. Two derailed tank cars contained hazardous materials; one contained residual pressurized propane and another contained Methylene Diphenyl Diisocyanate. Both cars came to rest less than 200 feet from Meacham Creek along the canyon wall above the creek.

Derailments like these, and similar ones that are likely to happen, pose a substantial and direct threat to the health and well-being of the citizens of Oregon, and additional funding for staff to respond to these spills in a timely manner is imperative. The CTUIR thanks you for the opportunity to provide this testimony in support of ODEQ’s proposed budget, including resources for toxics reduction programs to improve state-wide environmental stewardship and to enhance overall spill response. Under the able direction of Director Pedersen, ODEQ is focused on positive results, productive partnerships and sensible environmental safeguards. We ask that the Department receive the funding needed to maintain the critical work it is doing for this generation and those in the future.

If Committee Members or staff require more information, please feel free to contact: • Phil Donovan, Northwest Public Affairs, at (503) 522-3023; • Carl Merkle, CTUIR First Foods Policy Program, at (541) 429-7235; or • Lisa Ganuelas, CTUIR Legislative Coordinator, at (541) 429-7392. Thank you.

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Call the Portland City Council Today!

At the end of a marathon six hour public hearing on April 7th, the City of Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission approved a code amendment that paves the way for a proposed propane export terminal on the Columbia River. But the Portland City Council will have the final say on the Pembina code amendment.

Call the Portland City Council Today!

With a positive recommendation from the Planning and Sustainability Commission it is critical that the City Council hear from you.  We don’t know the timeline for the City Council’s decision and that’s why hearing from you sooner, rather than later, is best.  A phone call is more effective than an email.  Tell the City Council you do not agree with the Planning and Sustainability Commission’s recommendation on Pembina’s propane export terminal code amendment.  Also, share your concerns that Pembina’s conflicts with the Climate Action Plan and public safety.

  • Mayor Charlie Hales: 503-823-4120
  • Commissioner Nick Fish: 503-823-3589
  • Commissioner Amanda Fritz: 503-823-3008
  • Commissioner Steve Novick: 503-823-4682
  • Commissioner Dan Saltzman: 503-823-4151

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Not the Breakfast of Climate Champions!

Portland’s Propane Terminal Photo Petition

 

Pdx Planning & Sustainability Commission Caves on Dangerous Propane Proposal

by Columbia Riverkeeper

At the end of a marathon six hour public hearing, the City of Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission approved a code amendment that paves the way for a proposed propane export terminal on the Columbia River. But we still have shot at stopping this short-sighted project. The Commission’s recommendation will go to the Portland City Council for a final vote. The Commission heard overwhelming testimony opposing the project, proposed by Canada-based Pembina. Neighborhood association leaders, health professionals, faith leaders, environmentalists, and nearby residents explained why the City should not make a special make special accommodation for Pembina by amending the City’s Conservation Habitat Zone to make way for a dangerous propane mega-terminal on the Columbia River. Portland’s local longshore union also opposes to the project.  In a 6 to 4 vote, the Commission ultimately came down on the side of propane export.

The Planning and Sustainability Commission’s decision to move forward with Pembina’s propane export plan comes at the same time the city is making decisions on the nationally lauded Climate Action Plan, which includes a provision to ban coal and oil export from the city and state. In addition, Pembina has not received required approvals from the U.S. Coast Guard, which reviews the project’s impact on safety and transportation logistics. Propane supertankers will likely require a 500 yard exclusion zone, giving propane supertankers the upper hand over other industrial and recreational users.

The Planning and Sustainability Commission’s approval of Pembina’s propane terminal is especially disappointing for the residents who live in the 5.3 mile blast zone radius of Pembina’s propane export terminal. The mega-terminal’s impact extends from St. Johns to Sauvie Island, downtown Vancouver, Washington, and east of the Interstate Bridge in Northeast Portland.

Call the Portland City Council Today!
The Portland City Council will have the final say on the Pembina code amendment.  With a positive recommendation from the Planning and Sustainability Commission it is critical that the City Council hear from you.  We don’t know the timeline for the City Council’s decision and that’s why hearing from you sooner, rather than later, is best.  A phone call is more effective than an email.  Tell the City Council you do not agree with the Planning and Sustainability Commission’s recommendation on Pembina’s propane export terminal code amendment.  Also, share your concerns that Pembina’s conflicts with the Climate Action Plan and public safety.

  • Mayor Charlie Hales: 503-823-4120
  • Commissioner Nick Fish: 503-823-3589
  • Commissioner Amanda Fritz: 503-823-3008
  • Commissioner Steve Novick: 503-823-4682
  • Commissioner Dan Saltzman: 503-823-4151

Not the Breakfast of Climate Champions — Portland Propane Photo Petition

Portland was recently awarded the title of “Climate Action Champions” and Portlanders are saying “No!” to Pembina’s proposed propane terminal.  Join the Climate Action Coalition on April 7th at the final Planning and Sustainability Commission hearing on the proposal.   Specifics can be found here.

Below are citizens who have already signed onto Rising Tide’s Photo Petition.

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View of Red Lake with Ollalie Butte in the distance

Comment on Portland’s Climate Action Plan by April 10, 2015

The City of Portland recently released the nationally anticipated 2015 draft Climate Action Plan (CAP) for public comment. Rooted in science-based targets, the CAP aims to reduce local carbon emissions by 80% before 2050.

*Comment before April 10th and contribute to Portland’s climate planning.*

Highlights of the draft Climate Action Plan

  • Equity: The City formed the Equity Work Group to better ensure that communities most vulnerable to climate change – the elderly and children, people in poverty, and people of color – benefit from climate solutions.
  • Consumption: The CAP includes full life cycle carbon emissions – from extraction to disposal – for goods and services consumed in Multnomah County, and provisions to make it easier to borrow, repair and reuse everyday goods.
  • Transportation: The draft calls for continued investment in public transit and infrastructure for walking and bicycling, with a special focus on expanding transit access in under-served areas.

Where we need to go

Portland is recognized as a climate leader, but we need to do more. Comment on the draft CAP asking it to include:

  1. A provision banning all new fossil fuel export, storage, and transfer infrastructure, including coal, oil and gas (such as natural gas and propane).
  2. Commitment to act as a climate leader and work with other municipalities to pass binding commitments to reduce local carbon emissions, emissions from pass-through of fossil fuels and ban fossil fuel extraction & export in their jurisdictions until atmospheric concentrations of CO2 are back down to 350ppm.
  3. Full greenhouse gas accounting to include emissions from pass-through fossil fuels in our local carbon emissions reporting including source emissions and consideration of environmental degradation at the source of extraction.
  4. Develop a plan for the transition to sustainable energy in conjunction with dismantling existing fossil fuel infrastructure, including a commitment to work with workers at existing utilities and large fossil fuel facilities in Portland – such as PGE, PPL, NWN, and Arc Logistics – to create an immediate transition plan away from fossil fuels to a sustainable economy that is just, equitable and beneficial to all.
  5. City shall refrain from entering into contracts, subsidizing or permitting companies and facilities whose primary business is extracting, refining or transporting fossil fuels, including those that manufacture equipment for extracting, refining and transporting fossil fuels.
  6. City shall be 100% divested from all fossil fuel companies by 2020, starting the process now.
  7. City and County commitments to not prosecute anyone who engages in non-violent direct action against current and future fossil fuel export, storage, and transfer infrastructure.

Pass-through refers to fossil fuels that travel through Portland, but never stop here. Currently, coal and oil trains pass-through Portland, and could increase with the numerous proposals for fossil fuel exports.

How to comment:

Comments on the draft Climate Action Plan are due by April 10, 2015.

Share your feedback on the draft plan using this online form.

Email comments to climate@portlandoregon.gov

Mail comments to:
2015 Climate Action Plan
City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability
1900 SW 4th Avenue, #7100
Portland,OR 97201

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