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Clean fuels program will help Oregon's economy, environment

Clean fuels program will help Oregon's economy, environment

We have a Clean Fuels Program in Oregon, and we ought to be using it — using it to create jobs and using it to create cleaner and less expensive transportation choices for consumers.

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Ending clean fuels program would be costly mistake for Oregon

Ending clean fuels program would be costly mistake for Oregon

I hope Sen. Bruce Starr, R-Hillsboro, supports, and the Oregon Legislature passes, this common sense legislation. Oregonians, both now and into the future, deserve a say in what moves them.

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Big Oil tries to slam door on cleaner fuels in Oregon

Big Oil tries to slam door on cleaner fuels in Oregon

The nascent Clean Fuels Program in Oregon, which once underway would cut the greenhouse gas emissions from Oregon’s transportation fuels by 10 percent over 10 years, is meeting with staunch pushback from the fossil fuel industry.

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Fight over Oregon fuel standard leads oil industry to step up legislative lobbying

Fight over Oregon fuel standard leads oil industry to step up legislative lobbying

The oil industry, which once didn't pay much attention to the Oregon Legislature, has more than doubled its lobbying expenditures over the last four years as it has fought with environmental groups over a new law intended to drive down the use of greenhouse-causing emissions from fuel.

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BPA: Elliot Mainzer officially named administrator of embattled power marketing agency

BPA: Elliot Mainzer officially named administrator of embattled power marketing agency

The U.S. Department of Energy said Monday that Elliot Mainzer has been appointed administrator of he Bonneville Power Administration, effective today.

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How The Farm Bill Funds Environmental Programs, Too

How The Farm Bill Funds Environmental Programs, Too

The federal Farm Bill doesn’t just put billions of dollars into agriculture programs. The Agricultural Act of 2014, as the bill is formally called, will also affect conservation of Northwest wildlife and natural resources.

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Why Solar Installations Are Growing So Fast in the Middle Class

Why Solar Installations Are Growing So Fast in the Middle Class

One of the main misconceptions about solar power is that it’s only affordable for rich environmentalists. But a new study shows how far off that notion really is.

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Feather in his cap-and-trade

Feather in his cap-and-trade

Governor Brown pledges polluter fees to poor communities

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Bellingham coal port: One financial giant exits, another enters

Bellingham coal port: One financial giant exits, another enters

Ownership of the proposed coal port at Cherry Point north of Bellingham shifted abruptly Tuesday, with a Goldman Sachs subsidiary dropping out and a major Mexican businessman stepping in.

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U.S. Plug-In Electric Vehicle Sales Nearly Double In 2013

U.S. Plug-In Electric Vehicle Sales Nearly Double In 2013

Sales of electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles soared by 84 percent from 2012 to 2013 for a total of more than 96,000, according to data from Ward’s Automotive.

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Don't dilute Oregon's renewable power standards: Guest opinion

Don't dilute Oregon's renewable power standards: Guest opinion

Given the health, environmental and economic benefits of clean energy for Oregon, why would anyone want to dilute the renewable portfolio standard?

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Will poplar bioenergy farms maintain soil and water quality?

Will poplar bioenergy farms maintain soil and water quality?

Advanced Hardwood Biofuels Northwest to hold a webinar Wed Jan 8, reporting on approaches and initial results measuring soil and water impacts of poplar biomass plantations. AHB is carrying out research and development to support a system for growing and converting hardwoods, such as hybrid poplars, into liquid biofuels.

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Decarbonizing our future

Decarbonizing our future

We have met the enemy, and it is not us. It is not civilization. It is not energy production per se. It is carbon. It’s our excessive reliance on energy systems that dig ancient carbon — fossil fuels — out of the ground and release it into the atmosphere as carbon dioxide.

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Agriculture, Navy Secretaries Promote U.S. Military Energy Independence with 'Farm-to-Fleet'

Agriculture, Navy Secretaries Promote U.S. Military Energy Independence with 'Farm-to-Fleet'

Program blends homegrown biofuels with conventional fuels, propelling ships, jets and jobs

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Work Together When Washington Can't: New Partnerships Will Lead Fight Against Climate Change

Work Together When Washington Can't: New Partnerships Will Lead Fight Against Climate Change

The truth is, we won't find a solution if we stick to old models and wait for squabbling politicians in Washington, D.C. to act. Today, regional partnerships among states with strong political leadership and engaged business interests are leading the way to a more sustainable future. This is the real story of climate action in the United States.

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Clean Energy Works enlists diverse work force to perform home energy retrofits

Clean Energy Works enlists diverse work force to perform home energy retrofits

During the last three years, Clean Energy Works’ home retrofit projects have resulted in 340 new hires, including 28 veterans. Retrofit projects have taken place in 19 Oregon counties.

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Coal ships and tribal fishing grounds

Coal ships and tribal fishing grounds

if the Lummi and other tribes exercise their treaty fishing rights, there may not be any coal ships servicing American terminals in these waters.

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Documents reveal coal exporter disturbed Native American archaeological site at Cherry Point

Documents reveal coal exporter disturbed Native American archaeological site at Cherry Point

Three summers ago the company that wants to build the largest coal export terminal in North America failed to obtain the environmental permits it needed before bulldozing more than four miles of roads and clearing more than nine acres of land, including some wetlands.

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Fast Company: Seattle #1 with nod to Climate Solutions

Fast Company: Seattle #1 with nod to Climate Solutions

Moving up a few places from the 2012 rankings, Seattle led the pack in Smart Economy and Smart Government rankings while coming in second behind Washington, D.C. in the Smart People category.

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