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WATCH: Clean Energy Transition: Quitting Fossil Gas

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WATCH: GEI staff attorney discuss strategies to reduce diesel emissions at EQC meeting

At the Oregon Environmental Quality Commission’s January meeting, GEI staff attorney Amelia (Amy) Schlusser joined DEQ staff and a panel of other experts to inform EQC Commissioners of the policies and opportunities available to address diesel engine emissions.

GEI staff attorney appointed to Rulemaking Advisory Committee (RAC) to provide perspective on Oregon’s new program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions

GEI staff attorney Amelia (Amy) Schlusser has been appointed to the Department of Environmental Quality’s Rulemaking Advisory Committee (RAC) for Oregon’s new cap and reduce program, with work to begin in January 2021.

WATCH: GEI Staff Attorney on Diesel Pollution & Environmental Justice

At a BREATHE Oregon community forum on November 12, GEI staff attorney Amelia Schlusser discussed Portland’s diesel pollution problem and the associated environmental justice impacts in local communities.

Director Melissa Powers Op-Ed: Oregon Needs Executive Action on Climate Change

In a guest column published by The Oregonian, GEI director Melissa Powers explains why Oregon Gov. Kate Brown should take executive action to address the climate crisis, and why Oregon can’t afford to let Republican obstructionism derail the state’s efforts to reduce carbon emissions.

GEI in the News

Staff attorney Amelia Schlusser spoke with OPB’s Cassandra Profita about GEI’s recommendations for addressing Portland’s diesel pollution problem. Later in the week, Amelia discussed diesel-related policy solutions on OPB’s All Things Considered

GEI Publishes Deconstructing Diesel: A Law & Policy Roadmap

In the Portland metropolitan area, pollution from diesel-fueled vehicles and engines presents a significant risk to public health and causes temperature increases that contribute to global climate change. GEI’s Deconstructing Diesel Law & Policy Roadmap aims to help local governments and community stakeholders better understand the legal frameworks and regulatory limitations local governments must navigate to effectively address diesel pollution.

Deconstructing Diesel: A Law & Policy Roadmap

In the Portland metropolitan area, pollution from diesel-fueled vehicles and engines presents a significant risk to public health and causes temperature increases that contribute to global climate change. GEI’s Deconstructing Diesel Law & Policy Roadmap aims to help local governments and community stakeholders better understand the legal frameworks and regulatory limitations local governments must navigate to effectively address diesel pollution. The Roadmap presents a variety of strategies local governments can implement to reduce diesel pollution from on-road, nonroad, and indirect sources in Portland and surrounding Multnomah County.

Deconstructing Diesel Concise Guide Published

GEI’s Deconstructing Diesel Concise Guide is now available on our publications page. The Guide provides a concise overview of the legal and policy issues surrounding diesel emissions regulation.

Deconstructing Diesel Concise Guide

GEI’s Deconstructing Diesel Guide is a condensed version of our Deconstructing Diesel Law & Policy Roadmap, which aims to help local governments and community stakeholders better understand the legal frameworks and regulatory limitations local governments must navigate to effectively address diesel pollution at the local level. The Guide outlines a variety of strategies local governments can implement to reduce diesel pollution from local sources. This Guide is intended to provide a concise, user-friendly overview of the legal and policy issues surrounding diesel emissions regulation.

Renewable Energy Projects Have Generated More than $120 Million in Tax Revenues for Rural Oregon Counties in Past Four Years, GEI Study Finds

Renewable energy projects provided Oregon counties more than $120 million in direct tax revenue over the past four years and nearly $32 million in tax year 2017-2018 alone, according to our latest study, Renewable Energy & Direct Public Revenues in Oregon. Rural counties in Oregon were by far the greatest beneficiaries of this revenue: in the 2017-2018 tax year, Sherman County received more than $12.5 million, Gilliam County received more than $8.5 million, and Umatilla, Morrow, and Malheur Counties each received around $2.5 million in direct tax payments from renewable energy projects. Read the full report for more information.

The Risks of Unlimited Banked Allowances in a Cap-and-Trade Program

A brief three-page document on the potential pitfalls of incorporating banking without limits in a cap-and-trade program.