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.
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:
- A provision banning all new fossil fuel export, storage, and transfer infrastructure, including coal, oil and gas (such as natural gas and propane).
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- City shall be 100% divested from all fossil fuel companies by 2020, starting the process now.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Mail comments to:
2015 Climate Action Plan
City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability
1900 SW 4th Avenue, #7100