In the late winter of 1859, Oregon became the 33rd state of the U.S. Today, with 4 million people over 98,000 square miles Oregon is the ninth largest and 27th most populous U.S. state. Home to both the deepest lake and the largest mushroom , it is known for its extremely diverse and famously beautiful terrain. By the 1830s the Oregon Trail had already established a direct route to the Pacific Northwest, a route the U.S. Government encouraged settler colonialists to travel in order to strengthen claims to the territory. White settlers began to arrive in large number in the early 1840s. For most of history, Oregon wasn’t divided by lines on a map. It contained four distinct regions that varied in terrain, climate and resources. Native Americans had been maintaining the landscape for millennia with more than 60 tribes living throughout Oregon before colonization in the 19th century. Nine tribes are federally recognized in the state today.

The Oregon Climate Change Research Institute identified water resources, coastal issues, and forest ecosystems as the three main climate change challenges facing Oregon. Summer drought is expected to increase by 50% by 2050 as the state becomes both warmer and muggier. In June, 2021, forecasts for a heat wave of historic proportions in the Pacific Northwest solidified, with a consensus among meteorologists that the summer of 2021 would rank among the most extreme events the region has ever seen. This turned out to be true as more than 100 people died from the heat.  If wildfires captured everyone’s attention in 2020 as more than 10% of Oregon’s citizens had to evacuate, by October 2021 more than 800,000 acres had burned in the state.

Flows in rivers and streams are increasing during late winter and early spring and decreasing during the summer. By 2050, Oregon’s snowpack is expected to melt three to four weeks earlier, which decreases the amount of water flow in the summers. On the coast, Oregon will be facing an additional 6 inches of sea level rise within the next sixteen years. The waters off of the coast are also particularly vulnerable to acidification, one of the oceanic side-effects of excessive carbon-emissions, posing an urgent threat to those ecosystems. This changing climactic suitability, as well as the disturbances like wildfires, drought, insects, and disease, will drastically shift Oregon’s forest landscape.

In 2006, former Governor Kulongoski took action to prepare Oregon for climate-related challenges by creating the Governor’s Climate Change Integration Group. This led to the state’s publishing of the Oregon Climate Change Adaptation Framework in 2010. In the decade since, Oregon has enacted a slate of legislation at both the local and state levels addressing a variety of specific issues. They have already surpassed the Renewable Portfolio Standard set in 2016, establishing a 50% by 2040. By 2017 an Oregon Climate and Health Resilience Plan outlined a set of recommendations for the State’s Public Health Division.

In 2019, more than one half of their generated electricity came from hydroelectric power. Natural gas accounts for about one third, coal’s share was only 4%, with  nonhydroelectric renewable resources, including wind, biomass, solar, and geothermal power, providing the rest.

In the spring of 2021 and under orders from Gov. Kate Brown, the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality developed a new set of rules that would cap greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuels and reduce them over time. The proposed Climate Protection Program would cut emissions from suppliers of gasoline, diesel, propane, kerosene and natural gas 80% by 2050. By capping emissions from fuels, it targets the state’s largest source of carbon dioxide emissions; cars, trucks and other forms of transportation made up 36% of emissions in 2019. DEQ is taking public comments on the proposed rules through Oct. 25.

In June, 2021, a bill committing electricity providers to deliver 100% clean electricity to Oregon customers by 2040 and prohibiting new or expanded natural gas-fired power plants passed both the House and Senate of the Oregon State Legislative Assembly. When signed into law on July 27, 2021 by Gov. Kate Brown, Oregon became the 8th state (following Hawaii, California, Washington, New Mexico, New York, Maine, Virginia and the District of Columbia) to adopt similar goals to reach 100% clean or renewable energy, according to the NCSL.

Oregon is one of twenty-four states, plus Puerto Rico, participating in the U.S. Climate Alliance, a bipartisan coalition of governors committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions consistent with the goals of the Paris Agreement.


A Gas Utility’s Astroturf Campaign Threatens Oregon’s First Electrification Ordinance

By Joseph Winters 03/07/23
Last month, Eugene became the first city in Oregon to pass an ordinance requiring new residential buildings to be fossil fuel-free. But the policy may never go into effect — not if the natural gas…
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The Christian case for fighting climate change is being tested in Eastern Oregon

By Antonio Sierra 02/25/23
Like many Christian stories, the origin of Climate Vigil began with an awakening. Peter Fargo, who founded the group, traces the idea back to the birth of his son in 2019. “There was something about…
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Montana Sues Portland, Oregon Over Fossil Fuel Terminal Ban

By Olivia Rosane 02/17/23
In 2016, the Portland, Oregon, city council unanimously approved a ban on either building new fossil fuel terminals within the city or expanding existing ones. At the time, Inside Climate News reported it was likely…
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Klamath countdown: Researchers hustle before largest dam-removal project begins

By Tara Lohan 02/14/23
To anticipate the impacts of a historic river restoration, we need to understand how salmon, bats, insects, algae and other parts of the ecosystem are behaving today....
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People’s Hearing on Proposed Expansion of Spokane Valley/Liberty Lake Area Pipeline to be Held Virtually Feb. 13

By John McCallum 02/11/23
Capacity expansion of a natural gas pipeline running under southeast Spokane Valley and western and northwest Liberty Lake will be the subject of a “People’s Hearing” on Monday evening, Feb. 13.
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Amazon fuel cells would use natural gas to power Oregon data centers, increasing carbon footprint

By Mike Rogoway 02/06/23
Amazon wants to power at least three of its Oregon data centers — and perhaps as many as seven — with natural gas fuel cells that regulators say would contribute even more to climate change…
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The Oregon Lab Where Scientists Are Riding the Waves to a Brighter Future

By Annalee Newitz 02/03/23
On the far western edge of the Oregon State University campus, tucked between verdant farmlands and a sports field, an extraordinary facility is hosting experiments that could save humanity. It’s called the O.H. Hinsdale Wave…
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By Robert Zullo 02/01/23
A nationwide comparison of electric utility performance by an Illinois consumer advocacy group found that customers in states that are heavily reliant on fuel oil and natural gas, as in the Northeast and South, tend…
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U.S. Approves First Small Modular Nuclear Reactor Design

By Molly Taft 01/24/23
The U.S. has just given the green light to its first-ever small modular nuclear design, a promising step forward for a power source that remains controversial among some climate advocates but is experiencing a popular…
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Study identifies priority forests in Oregon for max conservation benefit

By Liz Kimbrough 01/24/23
The haunting deep-green forests of Oregon are more than a backdrop for angsty teen vampires in the Twilight series. These coastal temperate rainforests on the west coast of the United States are some of the…
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By Cristina Rojas 01/21/23
The Sixth Oregon Climate Assessment — a legislatively mandated biennial assessment of the state of Oregon-related climate change science and the likely effects of climate change on the state's natural and human systems — was…
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As Oregon lawmakers focus on housing, climate advocates eye building efficiency

By Monica Samayoa 01/20/23
Oregon lawmakers are back in session, and they have housing on their minds. So do people who want to address climate change.
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Why Northwest officials are only now deciding how to regulate crypto mining

In a county of just over 100,000 residents, sitting directly below the Grand Coulee Dam, 13 crypto mining operations – think warehouses stacked with networked computers continuously working on complex math equations to earn bitcoin…

Oregon churns out renewable energy, but needs batteries to store it

Some Oregon utilities have begun ramping up renewable energy to meet the state’s clean energy goals, but there’s a problem: The power can only be used when the wind is blowing or the sun is…

Oregon city’s gas ban continues spread across the West

The gas prohibition in Eugene puts Oregon in line with its West Coast neighbors, where similar restrictions on fossil fuel heat are widespread. Oregon city’s gas ban continues spread across the West is an article…

NE Portland’s Cully neighborhood fights displacement, climate change with urban renewal. But will it work?

All around her, Chach Heart sees aging roofs and peeling siding. Nearby, decades-old water-damaged trailers line row after dilapidated row.

Oregon faces sustained and novel risks and opportunities as climate changes, new assessment shows

Oregon continues to face new and enduring hazards related to climate change, but opportunities for adaptation and mitigation are also expanding, the latest assessment released today by the Oregon Climate Change Research Institute indicates.

Innovative Renewable Energy Project in Oregon Combines Wind, Solar and Battery Storage

A first-of-its-kind project, the Wheatridge Renewable Energy Facility in Morrow County, Oregon is the first utility-scale power plant in North America that combines wind and solar energy and battery storage in one location. The project…

Tiny Oregon Town Hosts 1st Wind-Solar-Battery ‘Hybrid’ Plant

A renewable energy facility in Oregon that combines solar power, wind power and massive batteries to store the energy generated there has officially opened as the first utility-scale plant of its kind in North America.

These cattle ranchers are raising better beef, spending less — and reducing carbon emissions

Brown grew up in Bismarck, N.D., and went to college to be an agriculture professor. Then he married his high school sweetheart, whose family had a farm. The young couple moved home to help on…

Portland tree canopy has stagnated or shrunk, harming city’s climate change aspirations

Portland leaders received a grim snapshot Wednesday of the state of the city’s urban forest, suggesting that growth in its tree canopy has shrunk or plateaued for the first time in 50 years.

Agrivoltaic systems have the potential to meet energy demands of electric vehicles in rural Oregon, US

Electrification of the transportation industry is necessary; however, range anxiety has proven to be a major hindrance to individuals adopting electric vehicles (EVs). Agrivoltaic systems (AVS) can facilitate the transition to EVs by powering EV…

Federal spending bill expected to aid Oregon State wave energy, wildfire and mass timber projects

Federal spending legislation signed into law yesterday includes funding for several Oregon State University initiatives, including a wave energy project on the Oregon Coast, a study of the impacts of wildfires on drinking water and…

Portland Business Alliance blasts clean energy fund ‘mismanagement,’ urges city leaders freeze spending

Portland’s most influential business organization on Monday took at aim at the city’s clean energy program that is both awash in cash and under scrutiny as it begins to bankroll projects aimed to combat climate…

Portland Clean Energy Fund program is still missing key pieces, audit finds

Portland’s first-of-its-kind climate justice program needs help getting off the ground despite generating far more revenue than expected, according to a city audit released Thursday.

Environment bills address Oregon’s bottle bill, earthquake safety, more

Senate Bill 1520 also addresses low redemption rates by requiring large non-participating beverage distributors in certain parts of the state to either provide redemption services, join the Oregon Beverage Recycling Cooperative or pay a fee…

State Energy Department to offer $12 million in grants for community solar, wind projects

The agency announced they’ll release $12 million in grants for projects such as adding more electric vehicle charging stations in rural parts of the state and adding solar panels to public buildings. Money will also…

US Plans to Auction 3 GW Offshore Oregon, Pinpoints Three Areas

This is according to a presentation BOEM published ahead of the tenth meeting of the BOEM Oregon Intergovernmental Renewable Energy Task Force to be held today (25 February).

Pipeline expansion would increase the flow of natural gas through the Northwest

TC Energy wants to modify compressor stations along the Gas Transmission Northwest pipeline in Oregon, Washington and Idaho to get about 150,000 dekatherms more gas flowing through the region per day — enough to meet…

Portland community leaders bring the heat to building standards

On a cold December morning, Anjeanette Brown sat inside a Shari’s restaurant, nursing a cup of coffee and casually pushing sharp objects out of the reach of their 1-year old daughter. Brown, a Black environmental…

Woke Portland city bosses award $12m clean energy contract aimed at boosting racial equity to bankrupt fraudster accused of lying about her prior experience

According to an investigation by the Oregonian, Linda Woodley, 71, has served time in prison over the past 25 years for defrauding energy companies, and racked up millions of dollars in liens for unpaid federal…

Oregon has a new plan for cutting climate pollution

After years of trying and failing to launch a cap and trade program to reduce carbon emissions economy-wide, Oregon has a new plan to cut some of its biggest sources of climate pollution.

Northwest Power and Conservation Council Sets Aggressive Targets for Renewable Energy

The Northwest Power and Conservation Council has published its draft 2021 Northwest Power Plan, which will guide the development of the Bonneville Power Administration and the regional power grid through 2027.

Iron Battery Breakthrough Could Eat Lithium’s Lunch

The world’s electric grids are creaking under the pressure of volatile fossil-fuel prices and the imperative of weaning the world off polluting energy sources. A solution may be at hand, thanks to an innovative battery…

STracker Solar installs dual-axis trackers at Southern Oregon University for agrivoltaic research

STracker Solar of Ashland, Oregon, has installed three new proprietary STrackers in the north end of Southern Oregon Univerity’s Sustainability Farm adjacent to the ScienceWorks Museum parking lot.

Portland’s massive clean energy fund plans $100M spending spree to fight climate change, promote racial and social justice

Portland city officials are preparing to bankroll a new bonanza of clean energy projects and jobs geared toward the city’s historically marginalized communities.

Oregon readies plan aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions, addressing climate change

After more than a year of work, Oregon has proposed rules for its Climate Protection Program, meant to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and address the effects of climate change.

Turning Waste Into Megawatts

Clackamas Water Environment Services, Energy Trust of Oregon and Portland General Electric celebrate new co-generation system, renewable energy  

Oregon governor signs ambitious clean energy bill

Oregon’s clean energy bill, which sets one of the most ambitious timelines in the country for moving to 100% clean electricity sources, was signed by Gov. Kate Brown on Tuesday.

Oregon utilities face big challenges meeting 100% clean electricity by 2040 target

Oregon just passed an ideologically and technically ambitious clean energy bill that directs its two largest utilities to deliver 100% clean electricity to customers by 2040 and prohibits new or expanded natural gas-fired power plants…

The Bootleg Fire in Oregon is so large, it’s creating its own weather

By Joe Sutton, Michael Guy and Hollie Silverman 07/20/21
As hot, dry weather conditions continue to fuel wildfires across much of the United States, the Bootleg Fire in Oregon has become so intense that it's creating its own weather. The fire has scorched more than 606 square miles --…

Preparing for Climate Change in Oregon

This page provides an overview of the steps Oregon is taking to prepare for the impacts of climate change.

Corvallis Climate Action Plan

The Corvallis Climate Action Plan was adopted by City Council in December 2016 following a two-year research and development period by the Climate Action Task Force. The plan goals, greenhouse gas reduction targets, and high-priority…

Portland 2015 Climate Action Plan

In 1993, Portland was the first city in the United States to create a local action plan for cutting carbon. Since then, the City of Portland and Multnomah County have collaborated to produce updated climate…

4th Oregon Climate Assessment Report (2019)

The Oregon Climate Change Research Institute (OCCRI) periodically assesses the state of knowledge of climate science as it pertains to Oregon, fulfilling the legislative mandate that created OCCRI. This report was delivered on January 31,…

Higher Oregon renewable portfolio standard targets likely to boost wind power

Oregon recently enacted legislation that requires two large investor-owned utilities operating in the state to supply 50% of the state's electricity from renewable sources by 2040.


Oregon Solar Panels: Pricing and Incentives

Oregon was one of the earliest adopters of solar power in the country. And despite the state’s reputation for gloomy weather, it ranks among the top half of states for solar energy generation, and it’s…

Oregon State Profile and Energy Estimates

Oregon has many renewable energy resources. High annual rainfall in the western part of the state coupled with runoff from the snowpack in mountains across the state make it possible to generate substantial amounts of…

Energy State Bill Tracking Database

The searchable Energy Storage Legislation Database displays information in interactive maps and charts, tracking state activity from 2017 to the present.

The First National Flood Risk Assessment

The First Street Foundation Flood Model represents the culmination of decades of research and development made possible by building upon existing knowledge and frameworks regularly referenced in the identification of flood risk.

The State of Climate Adaptation in Public Health An Assessment of 16 U.S. States

EcoAdaptpartnered with the Natural Resources Defense Council to assess the state of climate adaptation planning and implementation for climate-related threats to public health in 16 U.S. states.

The Impacts of Climate Change and the Trump Administration’s Anti-Environmental Agenda in Oregon

Between 2017 and 2019, Oregon experienced two wildfires and one drought. The damages of each event led to losses of at least $1 billion.

Oregon Climate and Health Resilience Plan

The plan outlines a set of actions that the public health workforce specifically can take to adapt to climate change. The report is accompanied by a number of videos that demonstrate the current resilience strategies…

Oregon Drought

Oregon is projected to see an increase in severity of widespread summer drought of approximately 50 percent by 2050.

What Climate Change Means for Oregon

Oregon’s climate is changing. Over the past century, most of the state has warmed about two degrees (F). Snowpack is melting earlier in the year, and the flow of meltwater into streams during summer is…

State-by-State: Climate Change in Oregon

Oregon is vulnerable to increasing heat, reduced snowpack, ocean acidification and wildfires

Cascadia Climate Action

British Columbia has already advanced a carbon tax shift, and Oregon and Washington are actively developing policies to make polluters pay for their pollution. This series follows and analyzes carbon pricing developments across Cascadia.

Portland Clean Energy Fund

The Portland Clean Energy Fund will bring $54 to $71 million in new annual revenue for clean energy and clean energy jobs in Portland. Nonprofit organizations, alone or in partnership with for-profit companies, schools and/or…

Keep Oregon Cool: Oregon Global Warming Commission

The Oregon Global Warming Commission tracks trends in greenhouse gas emissions, recommends ways to coordinate state and local efforts to reduce emissions, and works to prepare communities for the effects of climate change. The Commission…

Oregon Climate Change Research Institute

The Oregon State Legislature established the Oregon Climate Change Research Institute (OCCRI) within the Department of Higher Education in 2007. OCCRI is a network of over 150 researchers at Oregon State University (OSU), the University of Oregon,…



Oregon Climate Plan Is First in U.S. to Account for ‘Blue Carbon’ Benefits of Coastal Habitats

By Sylvia Troost and Others   08/05/21  
Oregon’s estuaries, where rivers meet the sea, are home to forested tidal wetlands, ecosystems that store more carbon by area than almost any other type of wetland in the world. And for the first time,…
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Study: Rising heat plus strenuous jobs could hurt worker health

By Tim Christie   07/19/21  
In Oregon, the triple-digit temperatures that scorched the region were responsible for 116 deaths, according to the Oregon Medical Examiner’s Office, and prompted Gov. Kate Brown to order Oregon Occupational Safety and Health to enact…
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As the Bootleg Fire burns, locals are faced with the realities of climate change — and remain skeptical

By Joshua Partlow   07/17/21  
Youth pastor Matt Wolff and his wife, Jennifer, followed God’s direction when they settled at the end of a rutted dirt track in the pine forests above this southern Oregon town. And they have prayed…
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Brutal heat wave persists in U.S. West as Oregon wildfire rages

By Sergio Olmos   07/13/21  
PORTLAND, Ore. July 12 (Reuters) - The U.S. West endured a fourth day of scorching heat on Monday as temperatures again threatened to shatter records, major wildfires burned nearly unchecked in drought-stricken Oregon and power…
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What Oregon’s Ambitious Climate Bill Means for Climate Change

By Olivia Rosane   07/13/21  
The day before a record-breaking heat dome descended on the Pacific Northwest, Oregon lawmakers finally passed major climate legislation.
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Baby birds flee the nest to escape record heat wave in Oregon

By Roselle Chen   07/12/21  
In a failed attempt to escape a record-breaking heat wave in late June in Pendleton, Oregon, more than 100 baby birds bailed from their nests. The downy babies, mostly Swainson and Cooper’s hawks, fell up…
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People struggled to tap resources during Northwest heat wave

By Sara Cline   07/12/21  
 People in Oregon struggled to get rides to cooling centers during the recent heat wave that is believed to have killed hundreds across the Pacific Northwest, officials said Monday, and staffing shortages prevented callers from…
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Heat wave joins list of Oregon’s deadliest natural disasters; the worst remains Heppner Flood of 1903

By Douglas Perry   07/02/21  
Oregon has a long history of terrible natural disasters, and almost all of them come in one of four bitter flavors: flood, fire, windstorm, and earthquake. But now, with the temperature getting as high as…
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Heat-Related Death Toll Climbs to Nearly 100 in Washington State and Oregon

By Sergio Olmos, Winston Choi-Schagrin, and Shawn Hubler   07/01/21  
The heat wave in parts of the Pacific Northwest played a role in the deaths of dozens of people, some of whom lived alone.
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The Desperate Hunt for Air Conditioners in Oregon and Washington

By Yana Pashaeva   07/01/21  
Air conditioners have become a treasure in Washington and Oregon amid an unprecedented heat wave in the Pacific Northwest. Portland and Seattle hit records of 116 and 108 degrees on Monday. More than 35 cities in the…
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Oregon’s Buckled Roads and Melted Cables Are Warning Signs

By Aarian Marshall   07/01/21  
This week, trapped under a stalled mountain of warm air called a heat dome, the Pacific Northwest got a taste of the future. On Sunday, as temperatures hit 105, the concrete beneath State Route 544…
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Extreme Heat in Portland Is an ‘Acute Disaster on Chronic Disaster’

By Zoë Carpenter   06/30/21  
By noon on Monday, the temperature in Portland was climbing up the triple digits, passing 104, then 106, on its way to a record high of 116—40 degrees higher than the average temperature for this…
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Oregon farmers press Merkley for solutions to drought, fires

By Pat Kruis   06/30/21  
Farmers line up to outline their needs as water shortage strangles their crops
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Inslee praises renewable energy economy during Port of Vancouver visit

By Rick Bannan   06/29/21  
Gov. Jay Inslee took a tour along towering wind turbine blades and cranes used to move them during a visit to the Port of Vancouver on June 15, commending the work to transport thousands of…
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Unprecedented Heat Wave in Pacific Northwest Driven by Climate Change

By Anne C. Mulkern   06/28/21  
A blistering heat wave obliterated high temperature records in Oregon and Washington over the weekend, ratcheting up risks for deaths and fires, and underscoring the dangers of climate change.
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Over 6,000 PGE customers lost power amid record heat wave

By Ardeshir Tabrizian   06/28/21  
More than 6,300 Portland General Electric customers were hit with power outages this weekend as the city’s all-time high temperature climbed to 112 degrees late Sunday afternoon, according to PGE data.
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Pacific Northwest faces one of its most severe heat waves in history

By Jason Samenow   06/24/21  
Forecasts for a heat wave of historic proportions in the Pacific Northwest have solidified, and a consensus is building among meteorologists that this could rank among the most extreme events the region has ever seen.
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‘We’re just trying to survive at the moment’: Oregon agricultural sector hit hard by severe drought

By Kale Williams   06/23/21  
From the Columbia River in the north to the Klamath Basin that straddles the California border, Oregon is well short of the water it needs.
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West Coast Offshore Wind Closer to Becoming a Reality

By Gregory Zerzan   06/22/21  
late May, the U.S. Department of the Interior, in conjunction with the Department of the Navy and the State of California, announced plans to offer leases to develop offshore wind projects for the north-central coast…
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By Jacob Roberts   06/22/21  
Two wildfires are burning in the driest places in the state right now, but experts at Oregon State University said that doesn’t reveal much about what fire season will look like this year.
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Oregon 100% clean energy bill headed toward passage

By Allison Frost   06/11/21  
Climate change activists have a lot to celebrate this week. The Keystone oil pipeline was cancelled. Closer to home, a bipartisan bill to move Oregon’s energy grid to 100% renewable energy is on a trajectory toward Gov. Kate Brown’s…
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Oregon House Moves to Curb Forest Institute’s Power and Budget

By Rob Davis   06/09/21  
The Oregon House on Tuesday passed a bill to redirect funding from a tax-funded institute created 30 years ago to inform residents about forestry, after an investigation found that the organization sought to discredit scientists…
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Resolution: Oregon’s natural resource policy must consider environmental justice impacts

By Adam Duvernay   06/09/21  
Oregon lawmakers passed a resolution agreeing that state natural resource policy should be informed by historical inequities and the needs of communities already confronting climate change.
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Oregon State selected to lead NOAA institute for marine research

By Michelle Klampe   06/08/21  
Oregon State University has been selected to host a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration institute focused on collaborative study of the rapidly changing ocean and expanded demands on its use.
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The West Can End the Water Wars Now

By Emma Marris   06/05/21  
Far-right radicals in Southern Oregon are threatening to bust open an irrigation canal. Instead, the region could be a model for managing watersheds in a warmer world.
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Oregon’s big climate bill of 2021 generates little friction

By Dirk Vanderhart   05/26/21  
Oregon would adopt one of the country’s most ambitious timelines for eliminating carbon dioxide emissions from its power grid under a major bill advocates believe will pass the Legislature this year.
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Oregon Passes Law to Explore Opportunities for Renewable Hydrogen Development

By Gabrielle E. Thompson and William H. Homes   05/25/21  
On 19 May 2021, Governor Kate Brown signed Senate Bill 333 into law, which directs the Oregon Department of Energy to study the potential for the development of renewable hydrogen production and use in Oregon.
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The Salmon and the Snake

By Nick Cunningham   05/25/21  
"We have 3,000 members of my tribe and we fish in seven major tributaries that go into the Snake River. And historically, we had tens of thousands of fish for those 3,000 members,” says Don…
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To prevent wildfires in 2021, Oregon adopts new rules for temporary power shutoffs

By KGW Staff   05/21/21  
In Lane County, fire victims are also suing two utility companies over last summer's Holiday Farm Fire that broke out east of Eugene. They claim tree branches sparked when they touched powerlines, and that grew…
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A major new facility in Oregon could help transform the prospects of wave energy

By Anmar Frangoul   04/28/21  
With snow-capped mountains, shimmering lakes and vast swathes of forest, Oregon, in the Pacific Northwest of the United States, does not lack for natural beauty.
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Pembina pauses development of Oregon Jordan Cove LNG plant

By Reuters   04/24/21  
Canadian energy company Pembina Pipeline Corp (PPL.TO) paused development of its proposed Jordan Cove liquefied natural gas (LNG) export plant in Oregon, according to an appeals court filing.
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New report says orcas, salmon, black bears at grave risk as America’s rivers in historically bad shape

By Jenna Romaine   04/13/21  
A new report by an advocacy group has highlighted climate change, dams, factory farming and mining as the top threats to America’s most endangered rivers.
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Oregon, California are prioritizing wildfire prevention and recovery bills

By Keeley Webster   04/13/21  
California and Oregon lawmakers are considering significant wildfire prevention and relief packages after both states experienced devastating wildfire seasons last year.
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Tensions rise in water battle along Oregon-California line

By Gillian Flaccus   04/13/21  
One of the worst droughts in memory in a massive agricultural region straddling the California-Oregon border could mean steep cuts to irrigation water for hundreds of farmers this summer to sustain endangered fish species critical…
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Oregon 100% clean electricity bill advances with utility, activist support

By Pete Danko   04/12/21  
The measure would be the Legislature's first big move on climate since 2016.
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New Oregon regulations aim to protect whales from crab fishing lines

By Fedor Zarkhin   04/12/21  
Rick Lilienthal and his father were just half a mile offshore, heading into the ocean to pull in their crabbing lines, when they saw a gray whale going “100 miles an hour” with a buoy…
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Cascadia’s communities of color speak out against climate injustice

By Iris M. Crawford   04/10/21  
The heavy wind woke Niria Garcia about 5 a.m. It whipped against her home, leaving her restless as she fitfully tried to get a little more sleep.
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First projects in Oregon’s mandated community solar program now coming online

By Kelly Pickerel   04/06/21  
Four community solar farms are coming online in Oregon within the Portland General Electric service territory. Each 2.5-MW project is supported by renewable energy provider Neighborhood Power and Mana Monitoring.  
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Oregon’s Largest Credit Union Makes Adoption of Sustainable Technology More Affordable

By Emily Holbrook   04/05/21  
OnPoint Community Credit Union, the largest credit union headquartered in Oregon, has announced new commitments to fighting climate change, including the Green Horizons initiative, which makes it more affordable for people in Oregon and Southwest Washington to adopt new sustainable technology.
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Lawsuit Launched Over Feds Ignoring Ocean Acidification in Oregon Carbon Pollution Impairs Coastal Waters, Hurts Marine Life

By Emily Jeffers   03/31/21  
The Center for Biological Diversity filed a notice today of its intent to sue the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for failing to recognize that Oregon’s coastal waters are impaired by ocean acidification related to climate change, so that…
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Renewable Energy Update – March 2021 #4

By Allen Matkins   03/30/21  
The Biden administration on Thursday set a goal to cut the cost of solar energy by 60% over the next decade as part of an ambitious plan to decarbonize the country’s power sector by 2035.…
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The U.S. is finally looking to unlock the potential of wave energy

By Ysabelle Kempe   03/29/21  
At first glance, waves have the makings of an ideal renewable energy source. They’re predictable, constant, and tremendously powerful. Their energy potential is astonishing — researchers estimate that waves off the coasts of the United…
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Oregon Bill Aims for Three GW of Floating Offshore Wind by 2030

By The Maritime Executive   03/26/21  
A Republican state senator has introduced a bill to set up a floating wind task force for the state of Oregon, aiming to promote commercial-scale floating wind farms off the southern coastline by 2030.
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Has Eugene, Oregon, found a ‘superpower’ for climate action?

By Carl Segerstrom   03/26/21  
Tyee Williams has been on the frontlines of climate change as a wildland firefighter. He helped battle the Pine Gulch Fire, one of three record-setting fires in Colorado last summer and fall — all scorching examples of…
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100% clean energy supporters debate how to get Oregon to goal

By Pete Danko   03/23/21  
An emissions-based approach is widely favored, but some see fatal flaws.
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Oregon lawmakers get a first look at 100% clean-electricity bill

By Pete Danko   03/19/21  
The measure includes a ban on new natural gas plants.
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An Oregon utility’s unique model for supporting clean energy goals

By Sarah Golden   03/19/21  
Portland General Electric (PGE) in Oregon manages a two-year-old program it hopes will accelerate the speed of renewable deployment in the state. It also may be a model for how other utilities can help customers…
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Plan would compel Oregon utilities to go to all carbon-free power

By Peter Wong   03/17/21  
Oregon would join the ranks of states requiring utilities to generate all of their power carbon-free under a proposed substitute for a bill introduced Wednesday, March 17.
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VMT tax: Two states tax some drivers by the mile. More want to give it a try

By Ian Duncan   03/12/21  
Bruce Starr spotted the problem right away: The hydrogen-powered cars General Motors was showing off on the Oregon Capitol grounds wouldn’t need gas. And if they didn’t need gas, drivers wouldn’t be paying gas taxes…
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Youth climate activists try to revive federal lawsuit with a different strategy

By Maxine Bernstein   03/09/21  
Youth climate activists are trying to revive their suit against the federal government by changing tack.
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