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Portland Wins C40 Cities Award For Best Climate Action Plans

By Roy L Hales

Portland’s Climate Action Plan lays out a pathway to reducing the city’s GHG emissions 40% by 2030 and 80% by 2050. This includes a shift in transportation sector that would result in half of all trips being made public transport, cycling or walking. Buildings are to “reduce their energy use by 1.7% annually, resulting in an annual GHG emissions reduction of 280,000 metric tons in 2020.” These are just a few examples of why Portland Wins the C40 Cities Award For Best Climate Action Plans.

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Portland Poised To Curtail New Fossil Fuel Infrastructure

By Roy L Hales

At a time when the United States government appears to be falling under the control of the fossil fuel sector, cities are taking the lead in transitioning to a cleaner economy. In Oregon, for example, Portland is poised to curtail new fossil fuel infrastructure.

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Another Oil-By-Rail Fire Near Portland

By Roy L Hales

There are currently only one or two trains going through the Columbia River Gorge every day. Imagine what would happen if all the fossil fuel projects in this region were approved. Up to a hundred trains, averaging between a mile and a mile and a half in length, and would make this same trek weekly. Six months ago, a truck driver was killed in a railway accident within Portland’s city limits. The flames spread to eight railway cars, carrying oil or asphalt, which luckily did not catch fire. There was another oil-by-rail fire near Portland today.

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Do The Pacific Coast’s Climate Leaders Mean Business?

By Roy L Hales

On June 1, 2016, the Governors of Washington, Oregon and California joined British Columbia’s Environment Minister and representatives from six West Coast cities, in the Borgia Room of San Francisco’s Westin St. Francis Hotel, to sign what history may show was a key milestone in the struggle to mount a concerted defence against the ravages of global temperature rise. The 2016 Pacific Coast Climate Leadership Action Plan has a strong emphasis on issues like ocean acidification; the integration of clean energy into the power grid; “support for efforts by the insurance industry and regulatory system to highlight the economic costs of climate change; and so-called “super pollutants” (also known as short-lived climate pollutants).” This sounds good, but do the Pacific Coast’s “Climate Leaders” mean business?

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Vancouver Challenging Portland As North America’s #1 Biking City

By Roy L Hales

Portland has long been been North America’s #1 bike-friendly city. According to the Portland Bureau of Transportation, 7.2% of “commuters go by bike.” That figure is taken from the 2014 census, which also shows the closest U.S. competitors as Minneapolis (4.6%), San Francisco (4.4%) and Seattle (3.7%). Now a new report shows Vancouver challenging Portland as North America’s #1 biking city.

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