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HIGHLIGHT: In the Path of the Storm

Four out of five Americans live in areas hit by recent weather-related disasters. Check out our interactive online map showing, county-by-county, which weather-related disasters hit when.

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News Release | Environment Oregon Research & Policy Center

Portland among nation’s solar leaders

Portland has more solar panels than most major American cities, ranking 18th among dozens of metropolitan areas that were analyzed in a new report. Portland’s spot in the top 20 was owed primarily in part to programs like Solarize Portland and Solar Forward, according to the new Environment Oregon Research and Policy Center report, which provides a comparative look at the growth of solar in major American cities.

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Report | Environment Oregon Research & Policy Center

Shining Cities

The use of solar power is expanding rapidly across the United States. By the end of 2014, the United States had 20,500 megawatts (MW) of cumulative solar electric capacity, enough to power four million average U.S. homes. This success is the outcome of federal, state and local programs that are working in concert to make solar power accessible to more Americans, thereby cleaning our air, protecting our health, and hedging against volatile electricity prices.

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Report | Environment Oregon

Polluting Politics

Year after year, polls show that more Americans are concerned with the pollution and quality of our waterways more than any other environmental issue. And after toxins in Lake Erie left 400,000 Toledo, OH residents unable to drink the water coming out of their taps last August, the need to protect our waterways is clear and present.

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Report | Environment Oregon Research and Policy Center

More Wind, Less Warming

Wind power is on the rise across America. The United States generates 24 times more electricity from wind power than we did in 2001, providing clean, fossil fuel-free energy that helps the nation do its part in the fight against global warming.

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Report | Environment Oregon Research and Policy Center

America’s Dirtiest Power Plants

As international leaders prepare for the United Nations Climate Summit next week in New York, a new study shows America’s power plants dump as much carbon pollution into the air any other country’s entire economy except China. Environment Oregon Research & Policy Center pointed to the report as evidence for why the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal for the nation’s first-ever limits on carbon pollution from power plants is a critical step in the international fight against global warming.

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