Portland, Oregon, just passed the strongest resolution against fossil fuels in the country

by Natasha Geiling (Climate Progress)

 

Iportland cities leadn the strongest city-supported opposition to fossil fuels in the country, the Portland Oregon city council voted last week to pass a resolution that opposes any new infrastructure that would transport or store fossil fuels within the city or its adjacent waterways.  While Portland can’t unilaterally ban fossil fuels from being shipped via rail, road, or water, While Portland cannot, due to interstate commerce laws, it can enact local laws that limit the transportation and storage of fossil fuels within the city itself, making it prohibitively expensive, or too time consuming, for fossil fuel companies.

Portland’s 350.org activist Andriana Voss-Andre observed:

“We seem to be reaching some sort of tipping point where people are waking up and realizing the enormity of the issue,”

She added, “That we got a unanimous vote was jaw-dropping.  It was an inspiring moment for all of us.”

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Sweden to become the world’s first fossil-free nation in history

sweden-728x400By Anna Hirtenstein (Bloomberg Business)

The Swedish government recently announced that their aim is to become one of the world’s first nations to end its dependence on fossil fuels. They will be investing an extra 4.5 billion kronor (US$546 million) into renewable energy and climate change action in their 2016 budget.

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Canadian Prime Minister’s directive: End oil tanker transit off of Canada’s West coast

By Mychaylo Prystupa (National Observer)

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The fossil fuel industry is clearly at a tipping point.   We are on the eve of the Paris Climate Talks.  One week ago President Obama killed the Keystone XL pipeline. Yesterday, Prime Minister Trudeau killed the Enbridge pipeline and set forth a plan to end subsidies for big oil.

 

Could this is the beginning of the end for the dirtiest crude oil on Earth?

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Renewable energy made up half of world’s new power plants in 2014 according to the International Energy Agency

By Damian Carrington (The Guardian)

Thermo-solar power plant in Beni Mathar, Morocco.           Above: Massive thermo-solar plant in Beni Mathar Morrocco
             

The IEA said investment in oil exploration and production was set to fall by 20% in 2015, as high cost projects in the US, Canada, Russia and Brazil continue to be shelved.

“Renewable energy has become a mainstream fuel.”

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President Obama finally rejects, completely, the construction of KXL Tar Sands pipeline!

Coral Davenport, New York Times

President Obama finally rejected the oil infrastructure project that would have dealt the final blow to the environment and (as per the State Department) would have offered only 35 permanent jobs after construction.  Had it not been for scientists and climate activists in both Canada and America, it truly would have been “game over” for Mother Nature.

This will come as a great relief to those who live in the heartland of America. One only wonders what will happen to the farmers who had their land seized through eminent domain for the pipeline.

As for Alberta, oil extractors have turned water into poison and an arboreal forest the size of England into a surreal, Hell-on-earth.

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