Maggie Davies signed Mayor Hales & City Council: Take a stand and say sHELL NO to drilling in the Arctic! 2015-07-16 16:01:31 -0700205 signatures
Mayor Hales and Portland City Council --
Stand with the people of the Pacific Northwest, Senator Merkley, the Seattle City Council and the Pope by publicly opposing Shell’s plans to drill for oil in the arctic Chukchi Sea.
The MSV Fennica--an icebreaker ship on charter to Shell--sustained damage on its voyage north and is scheduled for repairs at Vigor Industrial Shipyard in North Portland. The ship is a critical component of Shell’s plans and its presence here is a reminder of Portland’s role in the fossil fuel economy.
Arctic drilling puts vulnerable ecosystems at risk and will exacerbate climate change. When it’s clear that most reserves of oil, coal and gas need to stay in the ground, only unbridled corporate greed could pursue the insanity of drilling for more oil in such a remote, dangerous and vulnerable area. At a time when we urgently need to transition to renewable energy, our future depends on everyone--including our elected officials--speaking out.
While Shell's icebreaker is in Portland, we will shine a bright light on the injustice of Arctic drilling (as well as the rest of the climate crisis) and expose Shell’s arrogant indifference to everything but its corporate profits. We will make it politically and reputationally disastrous for Shell or any corporation which would use the beautiful Northwest as a staging ground for such projects. And most of all we will continue our work to build a mass movement for climate justice and a stable, sustainable planet for us all. Join us!
To: Governor Kate Brown, State Treasurer Ted Wheeler
The science is clear -- at least 80% of the known reserves of fossil fuels must be left unburned to avoid catastrophic disruption of Earth’s climate. We call on the State of Oregon as well as city, county and other jurisdictions, to
1. Cease new investment in the 200 companies that own the vast majority of listed fossil-fuel reserves, and divest from ownership of stocks and bonds of these companies.
2. Stop fossil fuel exports through Oregon to help ensure that we keep fossil fuels in the ground.
3. Put a price on carbon to reduce emissions and hold polluters accountable.
4. Invest in locally-based renewable energy and energy efficiency.
Why is this important?
We, the people of Oregon, recognize that we face a climate crisis that threatens the well-being of the people and nature of the state we love. The decisions we make today will dictate the quality of our lives and those of all future generations.
Divestment will help protect our children and grandchildren’s futures as well as our state’s financial portfolio.
Stopping fossil fuel exports is essential if we are to keep at least 80% of fossil fuels in the ground, avert a climate catastrophe, and ensure that no more communities are put at risk by fossil fuel extraction and transportation.
Carbon pricing encourages energy efficiency in transportation, businesses and homes.
Investing in a locally-based renewable energy economy will provide jobs and a strong, equitable economic foundation for Oregon.
From the Bottle Bill and Land Use Planning to Public Beach Access and the Eight-Hour Work Day, Oregon has been a national leader. We call on Oregon to lead once again on this critical issue. It’s good for the climate, it’s good for the economy, and it’s good for our families.