We need drastic action in order for young people and future generations to have a chance at a healthy climate and livable future. Instead, we are going the wrong way at the federal level, and the state isn’t doing enough to protect our air quality or to combat climate change.
As 350.org’s Bill McKibben says, “Winning slowly is the same as losing.”
We must halt new fossil fuel extraction—but we will also plan a managed decline of existing fossil fuel infrastructure, and rely on impacted communities to show the way. Instead of just saying “no,” we will say “yes” to a just transition to 100% renewable energy. Funding for this transition should come from corporate polluters, not working people or impacted communities. Transitioning to renewable energy will have the added benefit of creating new green jobs, which will help impacted communities and others thrive.
“Winning slowly is the same as losing.”
— Bill McKibben
Portlanders breathe some of the dirtiest air in the country due to Oregon’s lax diesel regulations. If the state is unwilling to protect Portland residents from toxic air pollution, we will create a local air authority to take matters into our own hands and reduce air pollution. We need diesel pollution standards similar to those in Washington and California.
The Portland Business Alliance is teaming-up with corporate fossil fuel polluters to attack our popular ban on new fossil fuel infrastructure. We will not allow corporate polluters to dictate policy at City Hall.
I support Portland’s ambitious 100% renewable energy goals, but City Hall passed the buck on properly funding the effort. I believe that the wealthiest companies and individuals should finance our transition to a renewable energy-powered, sustainable, and equitable economy
Portlanders have historically enjoyed some of the best public drinking water in the country. As rates rise due to system upgrades, we must ensure water remains affordable for all and implement a program to replace lead pipes in buildings that reduces lead exposure to zero.
We should be proactive and require the fossil fuel companies to acquire third party insurance to cover the full cost of a worst case scenario disaster. In addition, we should establish a fossil fuel risk trust fund capitalized by surcharges on fossil fuel related transactions in the local economy and use this money to pay for our transition to 100% renewable energy and climate resilience infrastructure.
Bull Run must continue under public management. Community input must always drive decision-making over our community source(s) of drinking water.