OLCV's mission is to stand up for Oregon. We urge state legislators to support pro-environment initiatives that reduce pollution, protect wildlands and wildlife, create healthy and vibrant communities, and prevent climate change.
Oregon may be a relatively green and progressive state, but there are still plenty of ways we could—and should—improve, from designating new wilderness areas to creating new solar energy projects. Here are some of our goals for the future, and a few of our favorite past achievements. For a complete list of bills that OLCV and the Oregon Conservation Network have supported, check out the OLCV Scorecard.
- Transition away from coal, natural gas, and other carbon-intensive energy sources
- Ensure funding for renewable energy initiatives like solar and wind
- Promote energy efficiency, recycling, and waste reduction to reduce energy usage
- Improve alternative transportation routes, such as bike/walking paths and public transit
- Help our communities adapt to a changing climate
Clean Energy Jobs - Our 2019 Priority
During the 2019 session, we'll be backing the Clean Energy Jobs bill. Our state will have the opportunity to reap the rewards of good-paying jobs, clean air, and local, renewable energy by putting a price on climate pollution and reinvesting the proceeds into our communities.
Limit climate pollution statewide for emitters of 25,000 tons of greenhouse gases per year, about the equivalent of burning 133 train cars full of coal. In other words, your favorite brewery or the store down the street will not fall under the cap, only the largest polluters in the state. The cap will decline over time through 2050 to ensure we reach our reduction targets and provide certainty for business.
The largest emitters will pay for every ton of climate pollution they put into our air. The price is stable and adjusted over time to ensure the cap is not exceeded giving polluters incentive to cut emissions and allowing flexibility to do so efficiently and at least cost.
At least $700 million per year in proceeds will be reinvested in clean energy solutions in Oregon -- like affordable solar, energy efficient homes and businesses to save on bills, transportation, electric vehicles, and healthier communities. Major investment will go to reduce pollution and grow opportunities for low-income and rural communities, communities of color, and training workers in Oregon. Equity and a just transition to clean energy are central to the policy.
"The Clean Energy Jobs bill will create economic prosperity for Oregonians in every corner of our state and in every walk of life."
- Rep. Julie Fahey
- By acting now, Oregon will reap rewards -- including clean, renewable energy and thousands of good paying jobs all over the state.
- More than 48,000 Oregonians working in the clean and green economy, producing $7 billion in goods and services. Imagine what major new investment could do!
- Oregon is home to more than 130 wind and solar companies and suppliers alone, making us poised to be a leader in the national clean energy job market.
- Investing in clean energy creates opportunities for employment across all skill levels - and up to 3-times more jobs than investing the same amount in fossil fuel production.
- Clean energy investments in Oregon directly created 5,300 jobs and indirectly supporting thousands of additional jobs. Jobs for Oregonians with all kinds of skills like construction workers, engineers, designers, manufacturing workers, salespeople, administrators and custodians.
HB 2510 Electric Vehicle Charging
Electric vehicles can bring about a meaningful reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. HB 2510, authorizing commercial tenants to install electric vehicle charging stations, eliminates red tape to make ownership easier.
SB 339 Caps Biomass for State Renewable Portfolio Standard
SB 339 caps electricity generated by any single biomass cogeneration facility that may be used to meet Oregon’s small-scale renewable energy project requirement. It ensures that the state’s 8% small-scale renewable energy requirement is met with a diverse set of resources.
SB 1547 Coal Transition and Clean Electricity Plan
SB 1547 made Oregon the first state to go coal-free by eliminating coal from its electricity mix by 2030 and also doubled the renewable energy standard to 50% by 2040. The bill put Oregon's electricity sector on track to meet our state's greenhouse gas reduction goals. SB 1547 was the result of a remarkable agreement between environmental interests and Oregon’s investor-owned utilities, modeling the “Oregon Way” in addressing policy disputes.
HB 2893 Residential Renewable Energy
Oregon’s two incentive programs for residential solar and small-scale wind — a feed-in tariff pilot program and a net metering pilot program — were renewed and expanded under this bill.
SB 692 Energy Efficient Appliances
By establishing standards for battery chargers, most televisions, and one type of outdoor lighting, Oregon joins a West Coast effort to move the market toward more efficient appliances, save consumers money, and reduce our contributions to climate change.
- Protect threatened and endangered native species, including:
- Gray wolves
- Sea otters
- Sage grouse
- California condors
- Bees & other pollinators
- Increase funding for invasive species control
- Protect urban wildlife habitat
- Maintain public ownership of Common School Fund lands
- Protect old-growth forests
- Promote sustainable logging practices that avoid clear-cuts and toxic chemicals, increase stream buffers, and incorporate carbon sequestration strategies
- Encourage local milling and timber processing
SB 5505 Bonding, including for the Elliott
SB 5505 includes the $100 million necessary to buy the Elliott State Forest lands with the highest conservation values out of the Common School Fund and to keep them in public hands. If not for this bonding money, the Elliott may well have been sold off to a timber corporation.
SB 847 Trust Land Transfer Process
Trust Land Transfer Process. We as a state have over 600,000 acres of Common School Fund lands in Oregon that need to be managed — rangeland, forests, and more. With our new Trust Land Transfer process, modeled after Washington state’s, we can better manage some of these lands which may include Oregon’s most special places for conservation.
HB 2396 Woody Debris Protections
Large woody debris in waterways, critical habitat for salmon and trout, is often removed from waterways adjacent to private lands. This bill makes it harder for landowners to remove large woody debris, ensuring vital watershed protections for salmonid recovery.
- Ensure that at least three new Scenic Waterways are designated every two years
- Secure funding for water quality monitoring
- Find a solution to coastal plastic pollution
- Make Oregon's offshore gas and drilling moratorium permanent
- Ban seismic, sonar, and explosives testing off Oregon's shores
- Secure funding for ocean acidification research
- Protect Oregon's marine protected areas
- Help strengthen wild, native fish populations and habitat
- Reduce the number of genetically modified fish in our waterways
- Secure funding for boat checks to reduce the spread of invasive species
SB 3 Protecting Oregon's Rivers
Suction dredge mining — a form of recreational gold mining — involves vacuuming up riverbeds through a hose using a motorized floating dredge. It harms streams and native fish; smothers critical spawning gravel for salmon; kills aquatic insects, fish eggs, and young fish; degrades stream habitats; and stirs up mercury. A temporary, partial moratorium was in place, and our legislation created permanent protections. This legislation was initiated by the late Senator Alan Bates, an avid Rogue River fly fisherman who worked for many years to prevent and reverse environmental damage caused by suction dredge mining.
SB 602 Waldo Lake
Following a dispute between two state agencies, this bill clarified that seaplanes cannot land on the pristine waters of Waldo Lake, one of Oregon’s most special places.
- Include all communities (particularly marginalized or underserved communities) in land use decisions
- Consider the resiliency of human and non-human/natural communities in all land use decisions
- Improve responses to flooding, storms, landslides, and other extreme weather events which will become more common in the wake of climate change
- Create more funding for alternative transportation like biking, walking, buses, and rail
- Find a balance between conservation and working farms and forests
- Clean up brownfields and other toxic urban areas
HB 2017 Transportation Package
Transportation Package. The legislature passed a landmark transportation package that includes over $1 billion in transit, bike, and pedestrian investments over the next ten years; dedicates millions in annual funding for Safe Routes to School; and includes rebates for electric vehicles.
HB 2427 Canola Ban in Willamette Valley
After a controversial decision by the Oregon Department of Agriculture to allow the growing of canola in the Willamette Valley, organic farmers and specialty seed growers united to pass a bill halting the growth of canola while additional study takes place.
HB 3364 Integrated Pest Management
This bill will require state agencies to coordinate, monitor, measure, and develop scientifically sound best practices to improve pest management and decrease the use of pesticides and herbicides. State agency pest management plans will now have to include protections for children, the elderly, public health, water quality, and ecosystems.
- Improve drinking water quality by reducing groundwater and surface water pollution
- Reduce air pollution from both industrial sources, such as jet fuel, and residential sources, such as wood-burning stoves
- Reduce pesticide use in cities and agricultural areas
- Reduce exposure to toxins such as radon and lead in homes and workplaces
- Reduce toxins in consumer products
- Reduce pollutants in fisheries to help make fishing a safe food source
- Prevent and warn public of toxic algae blooms
- Create livable communities with parks, green spaces, pedestrian/biking trails, etc.
- All policies should consider the disproportionate impact of pollution on marginalized communities, as well as the unequal amount of resources they have to remedy such issues
SB 478 Toxic-Free Kids Act
The Toxic Free Kids Act will require manufacturers to notify health officials when children’s products sold in Oregon contain certain chemicals, and authorizes the Oregon Health Authority to collect and monitor this data. The law also phases out the use of chemicals in certain products, requiring safer alternatives to be used.
HB 2734 Brownfields Clean-Up
Oregon has approximately 13,500 brownfields – former industrial or commercial sites that suffer from environmental contamination. HB 2734 allows local governments to establish land banks that can purchase brownfields so that they can be cleaned up and put to use, promoting development in urban areas rather than increasing suburban sprawl.
SB 263 Materials Management Policy Package
This bill modernizes decades-old recycling and waste prevention statutes to better measure outcomes, increase material recovery, and prevent waste.
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