On World Environment Day in 2013, Portland Mayor Charlie Hales declared, “The City must urge the Oregon State Treasurer, the Local Government Investment Pool, and the Oregon Investment Council to divest of all state holdings in fossil fuel.” Unfortunately a year-and-a-half has passed and the resolution has yet to come before City Council. In the meantime, the city purchased $20,000,000 in ExxonMobil bonds and is actively re-writing its own Environmental Conservation Habitat codes to accommodate a dangerous propane export terminal at the Port of Portland.
This relationship has gone on too long. It’s time for Portland to break up with fossil fuels.
Rising Tide and 350PDX celebrated the “break up” in style. We partied with music, flowers, and candies, and a special guest appearance by the Raging Grannies! Personalized break-up letters were sent directly to Charlie and our photo petition garnered dozens of supporters.