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Tell the Portland City Council: Block all new fossil fuel projects in Portland

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    Tell the Portland City Council: Block all new fossil fuel projects in Portland

    The Portland City Council may be about to take groundbreaking action to confront the fossil fuel industry.

    On Wednesday, November 4 the council will vote on a policy to prohibit all projects that create new or expanded infrastructure to transport or store fossil fuels -- that means no explosive oil trains, no new pipelines, and no new fossil fuel terminals!1

    This is a really big deal. If passed, Portland's would be the strongest fossil fuel policy ever passed by an American city.

    The vote could be close. Mayor Charlie Hales and Commissioner Amanda Fritz are sponsoring the policy, but it needs one more vote to pass. The City Council is also voting on an important resolution opposing dangerous crude-by-rail shipments through the Columbia River Gorge and the Portland Metro area, which needs public support.

    Tell the Portland City Council: Vote to block all new fossil fuel projects in Portland.

    New fossil fuel infrastructure will lock in decades more climate pollution. If we want to fight climate change, begin reducing fossil fuel pollution, and keeping carbon in the ground, we need to draw a line at new infrastructure.

    The swing votes on the council are Commissioners Nick Fish, Steve Novick and Dan Saltzman. We need to urge them to join Mayor Hales and Commissioner Fritz in taking bold action to confront the climate crisis.

    It's important to also attend the city council meeting and speak out in person. The vote is on Wednesday, November 4 at 2:30 p.m. at Portland City Hall, 1221 SW Fourth Avenue. You can sign up to speak starting at 1:30 p.m. Wear red to show support for the resolution.

    The passage of this resolution couldn't be more timely. Oregon and the Pacific Northwest are being developed into a fossil fuel corridor by Big Oil, Coal and Gas. If all of the 27 proposed infrastructure projects are completed, they would transport as much carbon annually as 5 Keystone XL pipelines!2 That’s the wrong direction, and we need to speak out now.

    Tell the Portland City Council: Vote to block all new fossil fuel projects in Portland.

    1. Shelby R. King, "Portland is Poised to Enact the Strongest Fossil Fuel Legislation in the US," The Portland Mercury, October 28, 2015
    2. Fossil Fuel Policy Talking Points, 350PDX