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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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Report | Environment Oregon Research and Policy Center

In the Path of the Storm

After yet another year in which many parts of the country were hit by scorching heat, devastating wildfires, crippling drought, record floods and severe storms like Hurricane Sandy, a new Environment Oregon Research & Policy Center report finds that weather-related disasters are affecting hundreds of millions of Americans, and documents how global warming could lead to certain extreme weather events becoming even more common or more severe in the future.

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Report | Environment Oregon Research & Policy Center

Wind Power for a Cleaner America

America has more than doubled its use of wind power since the beginning of 2008 and we are starting to reap the environmental rewards. In Oregon, wind energy now displaces as much global warming pollution each year as much as is produced by 550,000 cars. To protect the environment, federal and state governments should continue and expand policies that support wind energy.

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Report | Environment Oregon Research & Policy Center

Solar Works for Oregon

Oregon has vast untapped potential for solar energy. Taking advantage of the state's solar energy potential would reduce Oregon's contribution to global warming and protect its environment. More solar power would also create jobs and boost manufacturing in Oreogn. Putting policies in place to accelerate the growth of the solar energy market will allow Oregon to start reaping these benefits immediately.

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News Release | Environment Oregon

New Report: Oregon Should Tap into its Vast Solar Energy Potential

Today Environment Oregon was joined by clean energy advocates and representatives from the solar industry, who called for Oregon leaders to go further and faster with policy that will spur solar energy development and consumer access, while protecting the environment.  State Representative Jules Bailey (District 42) answered the call for strong leadership at this morning’s press conference in his district, announcing his plan to introduce legislation that will make it easier for consumers and businesses to benefit from solar.

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Less toxic mercury in our water, air and bodies

After our research helped shine a media spotlight on the health problems mercury can cause for pregnant women and young children, the Environmental Protection Agency ruled that coal-fired power plants like Boardman must reduce the amount of mercury they emit by 90 percent.

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