Early this week in Portland, nearly 150 concerned citizens, attended a very important hearing regarding the Northwest’s energy future to demand an end to coal-fired power.
The hearing was the last in a series of hearings around the Northwest held by the Northwest Power and Conservation Council (NWPCC). The NWPCC is the official power planning agency for the region encompassing Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington state.
The NWPCC is currently undergoing its 6th plan which will help to determine the Northwest’s energy mix for the next 20 years. Though the plan has aggressive energy efficiency targets it does not go far enough to address the critical danger of climate change. This plan states that we do not need a single fossil fuel plant to meet our future energy needs. However, it does not reduce a single ton of carbon dioxide over the next 20 years.
We need to do better.
Scientists tell us that if we are going to have any hope of avoiding catastrophic climate change we must begin to reduce our carbon emissions NOW. We have no time to lose. Help us make this plan better and to put Oregon and Northwest onto a path towards a clean energy future.
On Wednesday, October 21st, the Sierra Club is holding a Coal-Free Northwest Rally at Pioneer Square in Downtown Portland from noon-1 pm. This fun event will include a 25ft inflatable coal plant, and interactive coal train map, and a photo-petition station where you can ask for a coal-free Oregon!
Also hear powerful firsthand stories from Wyoming family rancher L J Turner and Northern Cheyenne tribal members Otto and Barbara Braided Hair about the devastating impacts of mining and burning coal in the Powder River Basin, the source of Oregon’s dirty coal.
If you can’t make it out at noon, we will also host a Community Briefing at 7pm at the Sierra Club office located at 1821 SE Ankeny, Portland.