PGE joins more than 1,200 U.S. state, city and business leaders to say #WeAreStillIn
June 6, 2017
Today Portland General Electric (PGE) joined more than 1,200 governors, mayors, businesses, and colleges and universities from across the U.S. in declaring their intent to continue to ensure the U.S. remains a global leader in reducing carbon emissions. This coalition represents the broadest cross section of the American economy yet assembled in pursuit of climate action.
“PGE was among the first energy companies to advocate for climate legislation at the national level, and the importance of a national and international response has only grown since then,” said PGE CEO Jim Piro. “We are committed to doing our part by reducing our carbon emissions while maintaining safe, reliable, and affordable energy, and we will continue to work with our customers to meet Oregon’s progressive clean energy standards.”
Last year, PGE joined a diverse group of stakeholders to craft the Clean Electricity Plan, which put the state’s electricity sector on a path to meet Oregon’s greenhouse gas reduction goals, which call for reducing carbon emissions 75% below 1990 levels by 2050. This month PGE pledged to work together with the City of Portland and Multnomah County to help them reach their ambitious clean energy goals.
PGE joins Oregon Governor Kate Brown, Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler, the University of Oregon and Portland State University, as well as Oregon companies such as Nike and Intel, in pledging to work together to combat climate change. Nationwide, participating cities and states represent 120 million Americans and contribute $6.2 trillion to the U.S. economy. In total the undersigned businesses and investors account for a total annual revenue of $1.4 trillion and include over 20 Fortune 500 companies, including Apple, eBay, Gap Inc., Google, and Microsoft, in addition to hundreds of small businesses.
The open letter to the international community and parties to the Paris Agreement from U.S. state, local, and business leaders reads:
We, the undersigned mayors, governors, college and university leaders, businesses, and investors are joining forces for the first time to declare that we will continue to support climate action to meet the Paris Agreement.
In December 2015 in Paris, world leaders signed the first global commitment to fight climate change. The landmark agreement succeeded where past attempts failed because it allowed each country to set its own emission reduction targets and adopt its own strategies for reaching them. In addition, nations - inspired by the actions of local and regional governments, along with businesses - came to recognize that fighting climate change brings significant economic and public health benefits.
The Trump administration's announcement undermines a key pillar in the fight against climate change and damages the world's ability to avoid the most dangerous and costly effects of climate change. Importantly, it is also out of step with what is happening in the United States.
In the U.S., it is local and state governments, along with businesses, that are primarily responsible for the dramatic decrease in greenhouse gas emissions in recent years. Actions by each group will multiply and accelerate in the years ahead, no matter what policies Washington may adopt.
In the absence of leadership from Washington, states, cities, colleges and universities, businesses and investors, representing a sizeable percentage of the U.S. economy will pursue ambitious climate goals, working together to take forceful action and to ensure that the U.S. remains a global leader in reducing emissions.
It is imperative that the world know that in the U.S., the actors that will provide the leadership necessary to meet our Paris commitment are found in city halls, state capitals, colleges and universities, investors and businesses. Together, we will remain actively engaged with the international community as part of the global effort to hold warming to well below 2 degrees C and to accelerate the transition to a clean energy economy that will benefit our security, prosperity, and health.
For the full list of signatories, visit wearestillin.com.
About Portland General Electric Company
Portland General Electric (NYSE: POR) is a fully integrated energy company based in Portland, Oregon, serving approximately 887,000 customers in 51 cities. For more than 130 years, PGE has been delivering safe, affordable and reliable energy to Oregonians. Together with its customers, PGE has the No. 1 voluntary renewable energy program in the U.S. With approximately 3,000 employees across the state, PGE is committed to helping its customers and the communities it serves build a clean energy future. For more information, visit PortlandGeneral.com/CleanVision.