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Is Portland Committed To Addressing Climate Change
by Jack Kerfoot

In June 2017, Portland City Council and Multnomah County Commissioners voted unanimously to commit to use 100% of the community's electricity from renewable energy by 2035 and generate zero carbon emissions by 2050. Portland's plan also included commitments for energy efficiency, community-based renewable energy, job training, transit expansion and electric buses.


Today, over 90 cities have committed to clean energy goals [1]. Six cities in Alaska, Colorado, Pennsylvania, Texas and Vermont now generate 100% of their electricity from renewable energy? How is Portland doing? The answer is disappointing at best.


In April 2019, Portland's transit agency, TriMet introduced the first all-electric bus, which will soon be joined by four more electric buses. However, this news was followed by the TriMet transit board approving a contract to purchase 31 diesel buses! The transit board further approved a plan to buy as many as 159 diesel buses in the future!


Is Portland's city government really committed to clean, green energy or is this just political rhetoric? In my opinion, our city's renewable energy commitment should be measured, and the results published annually. The Portland City Council should then address the results and what will be done to keep the plan on track. Stop the political rhetoric, Portland deserves clean green energy!


[1] Sierra Club - www.sierraclub.com


This article was reprinted with permission from Jack Kerfoot. Jack is a candidate for Portland Commissioner.


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