deschutes deschutes, August 1, 2017

President Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris Climate Deal is having the opposite effect than expected. Hundreds of cities, states, and businesses are advancing with stronger than ever commitments to clean energy and a reduction in polluting emissions.

334 mayors, three governors, more than 80 university presidents and more than 100 businesses are negotiating with the UN to have their reduction goals accepted alongside contributions to the Paris Climate Deal by other nations. Why?  It’s good for quality of life and the bottom line. Moreover, those that lag making the transition to a low carbon economy, will miss huge opportunities for job creation, innovation and competitiveness.

Besides clean air and water, and protection from the economic losses of climate change, there are other compelling reasons for the shift to a low carbon economy. Clean energy is cheaper than oil, gas, and coal, and continues its downward price curve. According to the Guardian, 400 businesses and nonprofits are adopting low carbon practices for a variety of reasons. Some, like Monsanto, state that innovation to carbon neutrality will help to protect farmers as well as their own business, providing resilience in the face of climate impacts from extreme weather and water unreliability.

24 breweries partnered with Ceres signed a Climate Declaration to encourage other breweries to take stronger actions against climate risks. They have discovered that creating, saving, and reusing energy (through solar), along with watching water consumption, is good for the bottom line as well as market competitiveness. These same efforts are also being adopted by wineries, such as Sokol Blosser Winery and Thump and Back Porch Coffee in Oregon. Sokol Blosser has reduced waste, installed solar, invested in carbon offsets, and planted native plants at the winery. The latter coffee houses have invested in high-efficiency burners to reduce energy use.

The big picture is getting bigger. The transition to 100% clean renewable energy is gaining momentum as 42 Cities in North America have already achieved or are setting goals to go 100% renewable by 2030 or later. Bend and Deschutes County could do the same and accumulate significant savings like other cities who have made similar moves.

Government plays its role too. Lawmakers who get stuck with promoting and investing in dirty, outdated energies could encourage substantial losses and missed opportunities in the US and Oregon. China and India are likely to reach Paris Climate Goals before the US and will be positioned to better benefit from this innovation. Both Tesla and Volvo are planning for factories in China to exclusively build cars without internal combustion engines. India is also planning on electric vehicles. Oregon — along with five countries and seven states, used the Paris Climate Deal to set lofty new emission goals: all new cars sold within this jurisdiction must be emission-free by 2050. These “reach” goals are necessary in order to meet the Greenhouse Gas emission reductions recommended by the United Nations International Panel on Climate Change. It will require participation in carbon reduction at all levels: from individual to business to government.

Although the Federal Government is likely to remain focused on dirty energies due to donor investments in both politicians and lobbyists, Oregon has the opportunity next year to advance the Clean Energy Jobs Bill. SB 1070. A group of 33 lawmakers have formed a bicameral work team to further develop this bill that will bring an estimated 700 million dollars in revenue to be reinvested in Oregon communities. The fossil fuel lobby will again be working to undermine this bill, and block it at the legislature. But if passed, it will bring clean energy to many communities that could otherwise not afford it. Working in tandem with the Clean Fuels Program, it will help Oregon meet emission reduction goals by making polluters pay for the damages that high carbon fuels wreak upon our environment and economy.

In the meantime, businesses at all levels can still benefit from tax credits and incentives. Visit to discover what is available. However, without a further commitment to climate policies that price carbon, these investments are likely to languish at a less than optimum pace, at least in the United States.

Diane Hodiak

Executive Director


Climate Policy, Action, and Education



Youth Climate Strike!

350 Deschutes supports the student strike being organized by US Youth Climate Strike, here in Oregon and world wide! Join us in supporting young climate activists, September 20th at 4 pm on Peace Corner, (Greenwood @ Wall)

Sip for Sustainability

First 50 registrants get a new Tote Bag and shampoo soap bar! NEW incentives will help you save thousands! Everyone, including low to moderate income, can save money on new, leased or used electric cars. Discover how you can get to zero net energy with home or business solar and efficiency. Tips on Plastic avoidance and DIY products. Multiple presenters will show you how you manage your waste and buying choices. Come for the fun, and discover how to improve your life AND help the planet. $10 donation appreciated. Students with ID or kids under 14 go free. Conference attendees are free. Sanctuary, off NW St Helens Place.

EV Charging coming to Redmond

October 9 at 4:30: A public launch of the new EV charging stations at the COCC campus in Redmond! Join us for food, beverages and to learn about rebates and incentives on new and used EVs

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Residents of Bend: Ask the city council for an ordinance on oil and LNG by rail!

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Deschutes County Residents: Ask the County Commissioners to start the transition to a strong energy future