Automatic Voter Registration Continues to Kick Ass in Oregon

Sightline Daily

Oregon’s first-in-the-nation automatic voter registration (AVR) system continues to modernize the state’s elections system and lead the way for other states.

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Oregon's Bootleg Fire is creating its own weather

Inhabitant

The massive southern Oregon wildfire is producing terrifying pyrocumulus clouds. And it's still only 30% contained

Oregon State Scientists Collaborate on Road Map for Adapting Dry Forests to New Fire Regimes

Environmental News Network

Oregon State University scientists and collaborators from throughout the West say that thinning and prescribed burning are crucial parts of adaptive management for seasonally dry, fire-dependent forests such as those east of the Cascade crest.

Tree Rings From Old Growth Douglas-Firs on the Oregon Coast Show Evidence of 1700 Tsunami

Environmental News Network

Tree Rings From Old Growth Douglas-Firs on the Oregon Coast Show Evidence of 1700 TsunamiCore samples taken from a stand of old growth Douglas-fir trees in the South Beach area just south of Newport showed reduced growth following the 9.0

Low-Oxygen Waters Off Washington, Oregon Coasts Risk Becoming Large 'Dead Zones'

Environmental News Network

Brown last week confirmed that a large area of poorly oxygenated water is growing off the coast of Washington and Oregon. Low-Oxygen Waters Off Washington, Oregon Coasts Risk Becoming Large 'Dead Zones Oceanic measurements collected during a scientific cruise on NOAA Ship Ronald H.

Green pioneering on the Southern Oregon trail, part 1

Green Traveler Guides

| Oregon Coast to Grants Pass | It’s an American birthright, roaming toward the distant horizon. Green pioneering on the Southern Oregon trail, part 1 is a post from: Green Traveler Guides. This pursuit of happiness is in our DNA. So you will understand why, one recent fine morning, we begin loading up our covered wagon—our new hybrid vehicle. We are heading north. On a green expedition: in search of charming [.]

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Green pioneering on the Southern Oregon trail, part 2

Green Traveler Guides

In our modern-day covered wagon—our new hybrid vehicle—we have been on the trail of charming towns, fascinating locals, natural beauty and a palpable eco-conscious ethic in Southern Oregon. Green pioneering on the Southern Oregon trail, part 2 is a post from: Green Traveler Guides. | Grants Pass to Ashland | Our journey continues.

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Dead zones expand in the Gulf of Mexico and on Oregon coast

Inhabitant

Scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced last week that the dead zones in the Gulf of Mexico are worse this year than they expected. Four million acres of habitat off the Texas and Louisiana coasts are so oxygen-depleted that fish and other bottom-dwelling species can’t live there

Oregon’s Bootleg Fire is creating its own weather

AGreenLiving

But southern Oregon’s massive Bootleg Fire is so powerful that it’s changing the weather. Related: California teenager invents AI-powered tool for early wildfire detection Drought in Oregon and other western states has upped the potential for such massive fires. According to Doug Grafe, chief of fire protection for the Oregon Department of Forestry, 90% of the state is in exceptional, extreme or severe drought conditions.

An eco-travel guide to Bend, Oregon

AGreenLiving

Bend, Oregon is a sunny spot in a state known for rain. This area of central Oregon is the fourth fastest growing region in the country. Crow’s Feet Commons is a must-visit for outdoorsy types who stop in for ski boot fitting, bike shopping and Oregon craft beers.

Oregon: Driving Downhill

Sightline Daily

There’s a lot of history packed into this chart on Oregon’s vehicle trends: the seemingly relentless driving boom of the 1950s through 1990s; the decoupling of gasoline consumption from vehicle travel after the OPEC and regional economic crises in the late 1970s; and, most recently, the peaking of both gasoline consumption and vehicle travel in the late 1990s and early 2000s, respectively. It would be nice if Oregon’s legislature agreed with me.

Oregon Legislature Passes New Motor Voter Law

Sightline Daily

Oregon just passed a law that will cause the state to treat its citizens as if they have a right to vote! More than a decade ago, Oregon tackled the second chokepoint: Oregon is one of only 3 states to mail ballots to every registered voter. Now Oregon consistently has the highest or one of the highest voter turnout rates in the country—Oregon turned out almost 70 percent of registered voters in 2014, compared to just 36.4

Portland, Oregon: most bike friendly in the U.S.

Green Traveler Guides

Portland, Oregon: most bike friendly in the U.S. Experiences/Events News North America Oregon Portland United States Pacific Northwest| Green Travel News | Who’s the most bicycle-friendly for visitors of them all? In the U.S., head for the Pacific Northwest’s Portland. So declares National Geographic Traveler, in a ranking of the most bike-friendly cities.

Oregon State mass timber buildings sequester over 2,000 tons of CO2

AGreenLiving

Last year, the College of Forestry at Oregon State University welcomed Peavy Hall and the Advanced Wood Products Laboratory (AWP), two new mass timber buildings that serve as living laboratories for sustainable architecture. Oregon State mass timber buildings sequester over 2,000 tons of CO2. Green carbon sequestration development energy efficiency mass timber north north-america oregon oregon state university osu photography pv ready schools stormwater management

The New Oregon Carbon Tax Report is Out

Sightline Daily

Last year, Portland State University (PSU) gave the Oregon legislature a teaser about how to face those problems with a carbon tax. The new and expanded analysis concludes that charging carbon polluters would cut pollution and it could create jobs and raise wages, if Oregon spends the money right. In every scenario other than $10 per ton, a carbon tax would enable Oregon to meet its 2020 goal of trimming pollution 10 percent below 1990 levels by 2020.

Peak Driving in Oregon

Sightline Daily

When the economy took a nosedive in 2008, dragging jobs and disposable income with it, Oregon residents reacted by driving their cars less. The Oregonian ran an interesting piece in today’s paper , pointing out that total miles driven in the state peaked nearly a decade ago. Or so goes the conventional wisdom. But an analysis of new traffic data by The Oregonian shows that driving in the state actually peaked in 2004, four years before the Great Recession hit.

Natural Hair Care Act Passes in Oregon

Sightline Daily

Hair braiding, by flickr user stevendepolo In a win for fairness and common sense, the state of Oregon will no longer subject people who practice African-style hair braiding (and other forms of natural hair care) to a bizarrely burdensome licensing process that’s more lengthy than what’s required for someone to fight fires or give lifesaving medical care in ambulances.

Sightline on Shell’s Presence in Oregon

Sightline Daily

As one bit of context, here is Sightline’s examination of Shell’s political spending in Washington and in Oregon. sHellNo! by Backbone Campaign used under CC BY 2.0 For those following the controversy of Shell’s Arctic drilling program, here’s a look at the role of Northwest ports—first Seattle, now Portland —in hosting the oil drilling fleet vessels: a 45-minute interview on KBOO , a community radio station based in Portland.

Rogue Wheat in Oregon

Sightline Daily

Earlier this month the discovery of genetically modified (GM) wheat that was not supposed to be in an Oregon wheat grower’s field ignited an international uproar that threatens U.S. The Oregonian provided especially good coverage , even including other examples in Oregon where GM crops were found outside the areas where they were expected, at potential or real economic detriment to other growers or organic growers of the same crops.

World’s first sustainable wine tour–in Oregon

Green Traveler Guides

Sustainability is a way of life for me,” said Byron Williams , who launched this Monmouth , Oregon -based luxury wine tour operation in 2010. It also serves the Oregon Rain water brand—locally collected Willamette Valley rain— packaged in biodegradable bottles. World’s first sustainable wine tour–in Oregon is a post from: Green Traveler Guides. | Green Wine News |.

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Eco-Chick Escapes to: The Oregon Coast’s Cape Lookout

Eco Chic

This past weekend was a hot one for Oregon; so lots of people inland headed for the coast, which was about 30 (yes, I know!) Like many of my Oregon adventures, I assumed we would find a nice beach or some views, and instead was rewarding with some very real knock-your-socks-off natural beauty of a variety of sorts. We headed north from a very busy Pacific City and up the coast… Check out Must-See Beaches, Coves and Lookouts on the Oregon Coast.

As Oregon Wildlife Refuge Standoff Ends, Let’s Get Back To Work—Together

Cool Green Science

As we mark the end of a six-week standoff at an Oregon wildlife refuge, it’s important that we return our focus to finding collaborative ways to use and protect our country’s natural resources. Mark Tercek is President and CEO of the Nature Conservancy and author of Nature’s Fortune. Follow Mark on Twitter: @ MarkTercek.

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An Oregon utility’s unique model for supporting clean energy goals 

AGreenLiving

An Oregon utility’s unique model for supporting clean energy goals Sarah Golden Fri, 03/19/2021 – 01:00 Want more great analysis of the clean energy transition? Portland General Electric (PGE) in Oregon manages a two-year-old program it hopes will accelerate the speed of renewable deployment in the state. So far the program, approved by the Oregon Public Utilities Commission in 2019, has inked deals for 300 megawatts (MW) of new capacity, with hopes to expand soon.

Oregon State University building on a reclaimed mine targets net-zero energy

AGreenLiving

Ray Hall, a new Oregon State University Cascades Campus building with ambitious net-zero energy targets in Bend, Oregon. Oregon State University building on a reclaimed mine targets net-zero energy. Green a-scalable-and cascades-campus cedar edward interior low carbon footprint mass timber net-zero-energy oregon-designed sanders-stadium technology universitySeattle-based SRG Partnership has unveiled designs for Edward J.

Will Oregon Cook Up a Carbon Tax?

Sightline Daily

Is Oregon the next place this dish will show up on the menu? The study itself will not be completed until November, but the state has awarded the contract to Northwest Economic Research Center ( NERC ), headed by Portland State University economics department chair Tom Potiowsky, who previously spent a decade as the Oregon state economist. NERC has already conducted a preliminary report on carbon pricing in Oregon.

Everything Oregon Legislators Need To Know About Stopping Climate Pollution

Sightline Daily

You have seven minutes to tell Oregon legislators everything they need to know about stopping climate pollution. That was my task last week when testifying at an Oregon Senate informational hearing about two bills that would stop the free lunch for climate polluters in Oregon—see the video of my testimony below. I used my time to make the following points: Oregon is not alone. Oregon could do the same. Quick!

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Oregon’s Chance to Fix the Electoral College

Sightline Daily

The National Popular Vote Compact , already passed in Washington and now pending in the Oregon legislature, would use the power of the Constitution to modernize US presidential elections. Candidates held exactly zero public campaign events in the Pacific Northwest and spent almost no money advertising in Idaho, Oregon , and Washington. Similar Oregon bills passed the House in 2009 by a 39-12 margin and again in 2013 by a 38-21 margin.

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Sharing Your Car (in Oregon)

Sightline Daily

Skip to navigation Advanced Search Document Actions Sections Front Page Daily News Daily Score Blog The Daily Score Sharing Your Car (in Oregon) Posted by Jennifer Langston 03/03/2011 11:30 AM Oregon next in line to embrace peer-to-peer car sharing. Oregon could become the next state to pave the way for peer-to-peer car sharing companies, which allow people to rent out their personal vehicles when theyre not using them (which is usually more than 90 percent of the time).

Event: Carbon Pricing Options for Oregon

Sightline Daily

Can Oregon make polluters pay and grow jobs? This Monday, join our senior researcher Kristin Eberhard to talk about carbon pricing options for Oregon. A wonderful panel of speakers will lay out smart climate policy solutions towards reducing Oregon’s carbon pollution. Oregon has an opportunity to be a critical leader on carbon pricing and to create an effective model for other states to follow. Read about Oregon’s new carbon tax report here.

The Oregon Soap Company

Eco Friendly Daily

The Oregon Soap Company. That place is the Oregon Soap Company , and I have been buying from them for as long as I can remember. That’s what’s so great about the Oregon Soap Company: they love the “less is more” strategy. Then you find something like the Oregon Soap Company, and you are rewarded by soaps that are created with actual ingredients grown from the Earth. Categories. Garden. Kitchen. New & Exciting. Electronics. Events. Health. Personal.

Listen In: How Oregon Leads on Voting Rights

Sightline Daily

Last year, Oregon continued its leadership in voting rights by passing the New Motor Voter law and starting to automatically register eligible voters. California has since followed Oregon’s lead.) Oregon’s Bus Project has been a champion of voting rights—this week on XRAY Radio’s Thank You Democracy , The Bus Project’s Executive Director, Nikki Fisher , and I talked about voting rights and representation with Jefferson Smith.

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Listen In: Oregon’s Path to Making Polluters Pay

Sightline Daily

Oregon Climate by Francis Eatherington used under CC BY-NC 2.0 Last week, the Oregon Legislature held an informational hearing on two climate pollution pricing bills (a cap-and-dividend bill and a limit pollution bill) …now what? Also, how does Sightline’s work on carbon pricing relate to our work on democracy reform? Jefferson Smith of KXRY.fm ’s “ Thank You, Democracy ” helps make the connections. Listen here.

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Trailhead Ambassador Program enhances hiking in Oregon

AGreenLiving

The Trailhead Ambassador Program at Oregon’s Mount Hood and Columbia River Gorge recruits volunteers to greet hikers at trailheads, answering questions and offering suggestions. Hood National Forest, Oregon State Parks, and local tourism entities like Oregon’s Mt. They were then able to inform Oregon State Parks about it, and soon rangers came in to close off that portion of the trail. Go here to see the original: Trailhead Ambassador Program enhances hiking in Oregon.

Listen In: Oregon’s Proposed Polluters-Pay Bills

Sightline Daily

Oregon coast by Jasperdo used under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 I recently gave some radio interviews to help make sense of the carbon pricing bills wending their way through the Oregon legislature. The recent Oregon legislative hearing about carbon pricing sparked interest in the possibilities. with Oregon Climate’s Executive Director Camila Thorndike last week about a proposed polluters-pay-plus-dividend bill. (I No time to sit down and read our Cashing In Our Carbon series?

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Three New Marine Reserves for Oregon?

Sightline Daily

Skip to navigation Advanced Search Document Actions Sections Front Page Daily News Daily Score Blog The Daily Score Three New Marine Reserves for Oregon? One of the more encouraging developments in Northwest conservation has to be the quiet but steady advancement of marine reserves off the Oregon coast. All told, the five reserves and less-restrictive "marine protected areas" would take up just under 10 percent of Oregons territorial sea. Congratulations to Oregon!

Event: Will a Carbon Tax Fly in Oregon?

Sightline Daily

Next Thursday, join our senior researcher Kristin Eberhard to talk about carbon pricing possibilities for Oregon. Joining Kristin will be Jeff Renfro, senior economist at Portland State University’s Northwest Economic Research Center (NERC); Jenny Liu, assistant director at NERC; and Nancy Shurtz, professor at University of Oregon’s law school. Host: League of Women Voters of Corvallis, Oregon For more information, visit LWV Corvallis’s Facebook page.

A Sea Cleanse: Visiting the Oregon Coast

Eco Chic

Above: Starre Vartan visiting the Oregon Coast while wearing an ethical Gudrun Sjoden Miranda sweater and By Natalie Frigo glass and recycled metals necklace. My first visit to the Oregon coast, a couple of years ago, was during the winter; I came with my boyfriend, who is a native of Corvallis, a town that’s about an hour from the ocean, and who spent his childhood years vacationing in Yachats, Florence and Manzanita, the small towns that dot the coast.

The Nature Conservancys Oregon HQ gets a green renovation

AGreenLiving

Portland-based LEVER Architecture has breathed new life into The Nature Conservancy’s Oregon headquarters with a LEED Gold-targeted renovation. Built in the 1970s, The Nature Conservancy’s Oregon headquarters was formerly defined by dark and introverted offices as well as a lack of sizable meeting and event space. The Nature Conservancys Oregon HQ gets a green renovation.

Oregon To Launch First U.S. Commercial Wave Energy Device

Eco Friendly Daily

The government-approved wave energy device was designed by Ocean Power Technologies and is set to be placed off the coast of Oregon. The federal government recently granted the ability to place the device off the coast of central Oregon. Success of the Oregon project may significantly increase interest into wave technology, bringing in more investors and larger companies in order to spread it around the U.S.

Oregon has a climate law implementation problem. HB 3470 has an answer.

Sightline Daily

Oregon is facing a similar dilemma: the Beaver state has had climate change pollution goals in law for eight years, but doesn’t have a mechanism to meet the legal pollution limits. Oregon House Bill 3470 —the Climate Stability & Justice Act of 2015—would create the framework to fairly and cost-effectively phase out fossil fuels. Oregon could do its part by attaining it’s current goal of reaching 75 percent below 1990 levels by 2050.

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Coal, Oil, and Gas Spent $2 Million on Oregon Politics in 2014

Sightline Daily

Photo credit 401kcalculator.org The last few months have been a wild ride in Oregon politics. Many observers now believe that Oregon’s lopsided democratic majority is position to ramp up renewable electricity standards and perhaps even enact a price on carbon emissions in the next legislative session. To try to tip the scales in their favor, they injected nearly $2 million—$1,972,783 to be precise—into Oregon’s democracy in the most recent election cycle.

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Massive Grassroots Oregon Turnout Delivers Another Big Coal Setback

Sierra Club Compass

Oregon is known for its natural beauty. Last week, after 450 people gathered at the Oregon state capitol to protest the prospect of countless tons of coal  being shipped by train through their communities, the state Department of State Lands announced a five-month delay in deciding on a dredging project to construct a coal export terminal that would send nearly 9 millions of tons of coal each year from Montana, through eastern Oregon, and along the Columbia River for export.

Huge Victory in Oregon Builds Momentum Against Coal

Sierra Club Compass

Helens, Oregon -- a move that further galvanizes the grassroots movement in the Pacific Northwest that is keeping Big Coal out. "Three " The three remaining sites coal companies have their eye on to build coal-export terminals are in Boardman, Oregon, and Longview and Cherry Point in Washington. "The Energy company Kinder Morgan announced last week that it is ditching plans to export 30 million tons of coal through the Port of St.