Today Environment Oregon Research & Policy Center released "Lighting the Way: What We Can Learn from America’s Top 12 Solar States," a new report highlighting a solar energy boom across the country. The report outlines the twelve states that have made a considerable contribution to the nation’s rise in solar power. Oregon, however, missed the cut and ranks 13th in the nation for per capita solar installations.
Salem, OR – On the heels of Oregon’s largest and most devastating wildfires in over a decade, a new report from Environment Oregon Research & Policy Center finds that even as Oregon works to cut its reliance on dirty fossil fuels and transition to clean energy, power plants remain the single largest source of carbon pollution in America. Scientists predict that extreme weather events, like wildfires, will become more frequent and severe for future generations, unless we cut the dangerous carbon pollution fueling the problem.
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 America 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.
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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