Climate Change Action

(Send education and advocacy updates to LWV Climate Change Committee chair Claudia Keith

Dec. 6, 2016

People are dying because of Climate Change. Our families,
our communities and our planet are all threatened by it.”
– Elisabeth MacNamara, President LWV US Dec 7, 2012

Our Year of Extremes: Did Climate Change Just Hit Home? 
Ann Curry for NBC Reports
Can anything be done to stop climate change? A recent report by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change said no one is immune from climate change’s effects and listed examples of what might be done to cope with the new normal.

Climate change is the greatest environmental challenge of our, or perhaps any, generation. People are dying because of climate change. The League is calling for prompt action to cut this country’s green house gass (GHG) emissions, freeze construction of new coal-fired power plants and invest in a new clean energy economy.

LWVUS Fracking Position
The League supports safe drilling and mining practices and the significant strengthening of appropriate regulation, oversight, inspection, and penalties associated with the development of fossil fuel resources through hydraulic fracturing. Preservation of a healthy environment is a top priority….

LWVUS Toolkit for Climate Change

LWVUS encourages the president to deny the permit for the Keystone XL pipeline.
Keystone LWVUS position

LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS OF OREGON uses the following position “Promote an environment beneficial to life through the protection and wise management of natural resources in the public interest” as its basis for testifying on many bills related to energy and climate change. Our position on climate change states that, “Global climate change is one of the most serious threats to the environment, health and economy of our nation. Recent scientific studies show that global warming is already causing environmental changes that will have significant global economic and social impacts. The League believes that now is the time to act on global climate change. We can reduce global warming pollution by using existing technologies to make power plants and factories more efficient, make cars go farther on a gallon of gasoline, and shift to cleaner technologies.”

Partners with Oregon Environmental Council (OEC)

Other Oregon Actions(Action by other States follows)

Climate Leadership Initiative is a research and technical assistance collaboration between the University of Oregon Institute for a Sustainable Environment and The Resource Innovation Group. The CLI seeks to help decision makers understand the risks of climate change and develop economically and socially efficient and effective policies and programs to address them.

Sightline Institute is a non-profit think tank working to bring about sustainability, a healthy, lasting prosperity grounded in place. Focused on the Pacific Northwest, Sightline works extensively on global warming and clean energy issues.

Climate Solutions works in the region to accelerate practical and profitable solutions to global warming.

Oregon Environmental Council is a resource for global warming solutions and up-to-date information on global warming policy in Oregon.

NW Energy Coalition has over 100 groups and businesses across the Northwest working to promote renewable energy and conservation.

Renewable Northwest Project is a broad coalition of public-interest organizations and energy companies actively promoting development of the region’s untapped renewable resources.

City of Portland Climate Action Plan

Information on Global Warming in Oregon
Final report of the State of Oregon Global Warming Integration Group (PDF)
Draft report by ECONorthwest on economic benefits of a cap and trade system for Oregon (PDF)

Report on the economic impacts to Oregon if we fail to stop global warming (PDF)

Preparing for climate change in the Upper Willamette River Basin (PDF)

Preparing for climate change in the Rogue River Basin (PDF)

Oregon Global Warming Commission
The Oregon Global Warming Commission was created by the 2007 Legislature through House Bill 3543. In March 2008, the Governor appointed the 11 voting members of the Commission. The Commission’s general charge is to recommend ways to coordinate state and local efforts to reduce Oregon’s           greenhouse gas emissions consistent with Oregon’s goals and to recommend efforts to help the state, local governments, businesses and residents prepare for the effects of global warming.

State of Oregon Climate Plan  
Oregon’s Global Warming Commission in 2010 adopted an “Interim Roadmap to 2020,” with recommendations addressing utilities, transportation and land use, industry, forestry, agriculture, and materials and waste management. The Interim Roadmap builds on two previous efforts, a 2008 report by the Governor’s Climate Change Integration Group (CCIG), “A Framework for Addressing Rapid Climate Change,” and a 2004 “Oregon Strategy for Greenhouse Gas Reductions,” developed by the Governor’s Advisory Group on Global Warming.

West Coast Climate Pact   Climate change pact signed by California, Oregon, Washington and …
San Jose Mercury News  by Paul Rogers – Oct 29, 2013 – Saying that the West Coast must lead the way in battling climate change, the governors of California, Oregon and Washington, along with the premier of British Columbia, signed an agreement … John Kitzhaber, Washington Gov. … The Pacific Coast Action Plan on Climate and Energy also says that the …

Oregon To Host One Of Seven Climate Research (Federal) Hubs For Farmers ……/oregon-to-host-one-of-se…‎Oregon Public Broadcasting Feb 4, 2014 – Foresters in the Northwest could get help dealing with the   impacts of climate change through a new research hub in Corvallis, Ore. It’s one of …

Systems View:  Political activism: Fight threats to our democracy by raising your …  Oregon LWV President Opinion
Climate change dangerous for humans, scientists conclude; more immediate than thought March 24 2014 Oregonian article  from AP.

Activities in other states

CALIFORNIA League has a position on Fracking  

MASSACHUSETTS  supports carbon tax proposal
Wellesley League of Women Voters Hosts Forum on revenue …

PENNSYLVANIA Supreme Court rules to protect environment

LWV Pennsylvania supports, as one of many coalition partners, including the Sierra Club, EarthJustice “Friends of the Court” in this ruling.  PA SUPREME COURT LOWERS THE BOOM ON ACT 13 SIGNIFICANT PORTIONS DECLARED UNCONSTITUTIONAL  (PITTSBURGH, PA)  –  ‘’”  Yesterday, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, in a 4-2 decision, declared significant portions of PA Act 13 unconstitutional. Act 13, enacted by the PA State Assembly in February of 2012, governs the conduct of shale gas drilling, commonly known as “fracking….”  Per

WASHINGTON to Become Major Fossil Fuel (Oil, Coal and LNG) Commercial Center? Not So Fast, Says LWVWA

What Can You Do? League will continue staying in touch with the governor and agency heads, to keep pushing for stronger and broader review. Individual League members can follow suit and urge friends and family to speak up as well. One way to amplify this issue to our friends and family is to share the sharing information from League Facebook page and Action Alerts that arrive in your inbox, as well as Facebook posts from our partners Climate Solutions & Sightline Institute who are doing great work on this issue.

Position Paper West Coast Coal Terminals: presented by the League of Women Voters of Bellingham Whatcom County: