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Welcome to the monthly e-mail newsletter of the Sierra Club's Oregon Chapter!
October 2009 - Issue 7
Coal Free Northwest


The Northwest Power and Conservation Council (NWPCC), a regional energy planning agency, will hold a very important public hearing on a plan for the Northwest’s energy makeup for the next 20 years. This is a huge opportunity for you to change the direction of our energy future and push phasing out coal from the Northwest.

Will you join us next Wednesday October 14th at the EcoTrust Building in Downtown Portland and speak up at for a coal free, clean energy future at this critical hearing?  Join us at 5:15pm to learn more about the NWPCC before the hearing with pizza and special guest speakers.  Free t-shirts!  To RSVP or for questions: contact Cesia Kearns at (503) 238-0442 x303.

Click here to learn more and RSVP online!


Oregon's dirty secret: 40% of our electricity comes from burning coal. Join us on October 21st for the Oregon's Dirty Secret Coal Tour! Learn about the devastating impacts of mining and burning coal in the Powder River Basin, the source of Oregon’s dirty coal. Hear powerful first-hand stories from Wyoming family rancher LJ Turner and Northern Cheyenne tribal members Otto and Barbara Braided Hair at two amazing events on October 21st.

Rally: Rally Against Coal. 12-1pm, Portland's Pioneer Courthouse Square
Briefing: Community Briefing on Coal Mining. 7-8:30pm, Oregon Sierra Club Office, Portland (click here for directions

To learn more or to RSVP, contact Robin Everett at (503) 238-0442 x307. Click here to learn more and RSVP online!



The Sierra Club is the nation's oldest and largest grassroots organization for a reason -- our volunteers are an integral part of everything we do! Whether you’re interested in attending a meeting, tabling at an event, analyzing policy, helping us fundraise, or lending your handy skills around the office, there’s a place for you!

Click here to read about a few things we’re looking for some specific help with right now.

Or, fill out our volunteer form and let us know how you want to get involved!

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Model Energy Efficiency Program Established!
Recently, the Oregon Sierra Club helped kick off a Portland-based home weatherization program that will become a model for ramping up energy efficiency and creating green jobs across Oregon and around the country! On Wednesday, September 30, the Portland City Council adopted a resolution to establish a Community Workforce Agreement for a pilot project to weatherize 500 homes in 2010, lessening the region’s dependence on fossil fuels while saving homeowners money. The next phase of the project will target weatherizing up to 100,000 eligible homes over the next twenty years. The innovative strategy provides homeowners with low-interest loans that can be paid back through energy savings on monthly electricity bills. The Oregon Sierra Club partnered with the Laborer’s International Union (LIUNA) and other community groups in Portland to advance this resolution, which will create good, green jobs that ensure fair wages and career opportunities in a new and growing environmental field.

Legal Action Against Oregon Coal Plant Advances!
In a significant legal victory on October 1, a federal district court judge agreed with the Sierra Club that our lawsuit seeking to force Portland General Electric to clean up or close its outdated, dirty coal plant in Boardman, Oregon should move forward. PGE unsuccessfully attempted to suppress the lawsuit, even as they are lobbying state regulators to be able to burn coal under an exemption from the Clean Air Act for decades to come. This rebuke of PGE’s legal reasoning allows the Sierra Club and our allies to continue our legal fight to rein in air pollution at Oregon’s only coal plant - also the state’s largest single source of greenhouse gas emissions. As public pressure for PGE to close the Boardman coal plant grows (read the Oregonian's "PGE's Boardman plant: Bad air, worse energy policy"), the Sierra Club will continue our legal fight to hold PGE accountable for the pollution it produces.

Donate to the Oregon Chapter Today!


Thank you so much for all you do to support the Sierra Club's work in Oregon! Times are tough for many of us, and that means your gift has never been more important.  If you haven't made your contribution this year, or you want to give again, it's not too late! Give easily online and 100% of your donation will be spent here in Oregon to protect our air, water, and precious public lands.

Did you know that you can now give monthly sustaining gifts to the Oregon Sierra Club online?  Your ongoing donations ensure a continuing source of funds throughout the year and make a huge difference in our ability to continue the work that we do.  Click here to make a monthly contribution to the Sierra Club's Oregon Chapter!

Check out our events, activities, and take actions.

Winter is just around the corner, but it's not too late to get outside and enjoy Oregon's environment (and maybe even learn more about how you can get involved with the Oregon Sierra Club!) Check out our outings calendar to see a list of activities in your area!

Join our Juniper Group in Bend on October 13th for the premier of the documentary film, "Lords of Nature: Life in a Land of Great Predators." This is an acclaimed film which you won't want to miss! Click here to learn more!

Join our Columbia Group in Portland for a book tour featuring A Pivotal Moment: Population, Justice and the Environmental Challenge, edited by Laurie Mazur.  As part of the Sierra Club's Population Justice Environmental Challenge Campaign, the tour aims to generate awareness and mobilize action for renewed U.S. Global leadership on human rights, community health, gender equality, and environmental protection. Click here to learn more!

The Sierra Club's Tillamook Forest Committee is gearing up to fight efforts to dramatically increase logging between Portland and the Coast. Your help is needed! Join us on October 28th at 6pm and find out how you can  help us plan fall/winter campaign activities. For more information, e-mail Ivan Maluski.

Learn more about the Beyond Coal Campaign's activities and find out how you can plug into our global warming solutions efforts! Join us for our next  Beyond Coal Task Force meeting at 7pm on October 27. For more information, e-mail Robin Everett.

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