The Future of Oregon's Climate Movement

Oregon Climate is a volunteer-driven organization that empowers Oregonians to win real climate policy, building the model for a timely global transition to a clean energy economy.  

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 and carbon pollution.  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 price on greenhouse gas pollution. It's time to place a fee or cap on fossil fuels. Returning all the money raised from pricing carbon back to Oregonians in an annual check 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.  It is time for Oregonians to come together and take responsibility for our shared future. 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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    Portland City Council urges state to enact carbon pricing

    The Portland City Council adopted their 2015 Climate Action Plan (CAP) on June 24, which includes support fora statewide carbon tax or cap. The plan states that if the state does not adopt a carbon price, the City “will consider local adoption of a carbon pricing mechanism.”

    “We applaud the City of Portland for this strong statement of support for comprehensive, strong climate policy,” said Camila Thorndike, Oregon Climate’s Executive Director, “As the threat of climate change becomes increasingly clear, and we prepare for a triple-degree weather this weekend, now is the time for cities and states to price carbon pollution.”

    The Oregon State Legislature has considered multiple carbon pricing bills in the 2015 legislative session. SB 965, a carbon cap and dividend bill, would cap greenhouse gas pollution at scientifically determined levels, and return all generated revenue back to Oregon taxpayers and taxpayer dependents. HB 3470 would also cap pollution, and delegate authority to the Department of Environmental Quality to ensure goals are met. Together, the bills have earned the support of 15 legislative sponsors. Yesterday, HB 3470 was voted out of the House Rules committee into Ways and Means.

    At the City Council meeting, advocates urged the City to support returning carbon pricing revenue back to citizens in the form of a dividend, as SB 965 does. “It is especially important that we not rely on this income to fund things as important to our state such as education and healthcare,” said Cassidy B. Jones, a Portland native and Oregon Climate Fellow. “By redistributing these funds equally to all Oregonians, we can create a strong and lasting program that is simple, straightforward, and ⅔ of Oregonians would come out on top.” 

    Portland joins the cities of Corvallis, Hood River, Milwaukie, Eugene, and Ashland in urging the State of Oregon to establish a carbon price. A price on carbon is a uniquely effective policy solution in the economy-wide transition from fossil fuels.  

    Oregon Climate, a grassroots campaign for fair and effective climate policy supports, the Climate Action Plan and applauds the City of Portland for their support for carbon pricing. Oregon Climate advocates for returning the revenue back to Oregonian taxpayers in the form of a dividend in order to benefit low-income households, promote shared ownership of our natural resources, and ensure that the policy will not be vulnerable to attempts to repeal it.

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