Oregon Climate

Empowering Oregonians to Win Fair & Effective Climate Policy 

Oregon Climate is a volunteer-driven organization that educates and organizes Oregonians in support of effective, non-regressive and scalable climate policy.

Inspired by the Citizens’ Climate Lobby and founded in 2013, Oregon Climate is run by a board of young leaders that support focused grassroots organizing statewide. We jointly recognize the urgent need for legislation to curb our current climate trajectory, and unify our diverse strengths behind a plan that can work. 

Our state can be the model for a root solution to climate change at the national level.  We believe the states are the laboratories for democracy, and Congress needs an effective model to craft federal legislation.  Oregon can lead the country with the most cost-effective climate policy available: a carbon tax or "fee" on fossil fuels. Returning revenue from the fee straight to Oregonians as a dividend will power a just, swift and lasting transition to a new economy.

Oregon Climate presents our state with the chance to trailblaze the path to environmental and economic stability, and empowers each of us to realize our potential to tackle this issue together.

WE INVITE YOU: Join our community, and power the movement! 

"The world thirsts for one nation, one state, to place a flat fee across all polluting carbon fuels. Oregon Climate just might lead the world toward that goal."

- James Hansen, Former Head of NASA Goddard Institute 



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