- New York Times, 3/19/2016, Environmental Activists Take to Local Protests for Global Results
- Yes! Magazine, Spring 2016, A Unified West Coast
- TIME Magazine, 2/4/2016 Inside the Fossil Fuel Fight in the Pacific Northwest
- Pacific Standard, 12/10/2015 Portland Is Pushing Back Against Fossil Fuel Interests
- Eugene Weekly 11/25/2015 Mayor Piercy Signs Fossil Fuel Petition
- Yes! Magazine 11/23/2015 Portland Blocked Fossil Fuels, What Now?
- Willamette Week 11/19/2015 Dear Future Planet
- Other Words 11/18/2015 Portland is Proving That Cities Can Lead on Climate Change
- Huffington Post 11/17/2015 Portlanders and Mayors Hales: World Leaders on Climate Change
- Ecowatch 11/13/2015 Portland Bans Fossil Fuel Export
- Portland Business Journal 11/13/2015 Portland passes resolution to oppose new fossil fuel infrastructure
- Inside Climate News 11/13/2015 Resolution Opposing All New Fossil Fuel Infrastructure Passes in Portland
- The Eco Report 11/12/2015 “Portland passes its’ second fossil fuel resolution, opposing the further expansion of fossil fuel infrastructure.’
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|Winona LaDuke||Honor the Earth|
|Tom Goldtooth||Indigenous Environmental Network||Kathleen Rogers||Earth Day Network|
|Van Jones||Green for All||Daphne Wysham||Sustainable Energy & Economy Network|
|Adriana Voss-Andreae||350PDX||Patricia Hine||350 Eugene||Michael Brune||Sierra Club||Erich Pica||Friends of Earth-USA|
|Annie Leonard||Greenpeace USA|
|Kieran Suckling||Center for Biological Diversity|
|Rev. Lennox Yearwood||Hip Hop Caucus|
|Lisa Hoyos||Climate Parents||Anna Myers||Government Accountability Project||Kjell Kühne||Leave It In the Ground|
|Clayton Thomas Muller||Defenders of the Land|
|Brett VandenHeuvel||Columbia Riverkeeper||Jenny Holmes||Oregon Interfaith Power and Light||Ross Hammond||Forest Ethics|
|Emily Johnston||350 Seattle|
|K.C. Golden||Climate Solutions|
|Jodie Evans||Code Pink|
Frequently Asked Questions About Portland’s Fossil Fuel Resolution
- Why does it matter?
The Pacific Northwest is threatened by unprecedented projects to export coal, oil, and gas through our region. Policy resolutions are fine, but Portland’s resolution will make an on-the-ground difference. The City Council directs staff to propose changes to city laws to protect Portlanders from dirty fossil fuels. City laws about land use, public health, safety, building, electrical, nuisance, and fire can all be updated to prevent fossil fuel impacts. Portland’s resolution takes a strong stand against this fossil fuel infrastructure andhas the teeth to succeed.
- Is this the first of its kind?
Yes. Other cities have passed strong resolutions opposing fossil fuel infrastructure, but Portland’s directive to change city law to protect against fossil fuel transport creates the strongest resolution in America.
- Can the resolution stop fossil fuel projects?
Yes. Portland and other municipalities have broad authority to protect the health, safety, and welfare of its residents. Specifically, Portland can use land use zoning, public health and safety laws, and fire codes to determine what type of industry is proper. For example, Portland recently rejected a propane export terminal proposed by Pembina because the terminal violated city zoning to protect the Columbia River. The Pembina example demonstrates that Portland has real authority to approve or deny fossil fuel terminals.
- What about federal preemption? Is the resolution just symbolic?
Due to federal preemption, Portland cannot block all fossil fuel transport. Federal law, for example, limits city regulations of trains and interstate pipelines. Portland is taking a smart approach by asking city planners to do everything they can, within the law, to stop fossil fuel transport and infrastructure. Example: While Portland cannot block all oil trains, Portland does have the authority to deny an oil shipping terminal if the project violates land use zoning or fire codes. This would have the effect of preventing all the oil trains needed to serve the terminal. The resolution, therefore, is not just symbolic.
- Can other cities do this?
Yes. Many cities and towns are concerned about the impacts of fossil fuel infrastructure. Each municipality should undertake a review of existing laws and consider whether changes are needed. The significance of Portland’s action will be magnified as more cities take action.
- Does this mean no more gas stations?
No. Portland’s resolution states it is not intended to restrict service to end users, such as cars, ships, or homes. The resolution also does not restrict the improvements in the safety or efficiency of existing infrastructure.
- How does Portland’s resolution relate to climate talks in Paris?
Portland is taking action as a climate leader now, instead of waiting for a top-down federal government climate policy, showing that cities can act today to address fossil fuels and climate change. Cities can also lead by example and send a powerful message to the world that climate action matters.
–Brett VandenHeuvel, Columbia Riverkeeper
The Sustainable Energy & Economy Network (SEEN), a project of the Center for Sustainable Economy, a non-profit, tax-deductible 501 c-3 organization, has offices in the Pacific Northwest. We are working in alliance with peoples’ movements, grassroots groups, Native Americans and First Nations, the faith community, labor, and citizens throughout the Pacific Northwest in ensuring the U.S. and Canadian governments live up to their moral obligations of preserving a stable climate for generations to come.
We are now building a strong network of activists committed to ending all new fossil fuel export infrastructure in the Pacific Northwest, with the goal of upholding the scientific call to keep over 80 percent of proven fossil fuel reserves in the ground, and working in partnership with clean economy groups regionally and globally in ushering in the era of abundant, safe, clean renewable energy to power a truly sustainable, democratic and equitable economy.
We are collaborating in this work on no new fossil fuel infrastructure with 350PDX, whose mission is to build a diverse grassroots movement to solve the climate crisis, and other members of the Portland, OR, area Climate Action Coalition.