The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced that it will give grants worth $3 million to help Oregon develop new ways to cut climate pollution and build businesses based on clean energy. The $1 million went to the Portland metro area.
Section 60114 of the Inflation Reduction Act provides $5 billion to help states, cities, air pollution control agencies, and groups develop strong local plans to cut greenhouse gas emissions. This two-step grant program gives out $250 million for grants that don’t have to compete for and $4.6 billion for grants that have to be competed for.
The CPRG planning funds will help states, regions, Tribes, and air agencies develop new, all-encompassing plans to cut pollution and ensure investments bring the most benefits to low-income and poor communities.
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The administrator of the EPA’s Region 10, Casey Sixkiller, said, “This funding sends a clear message that everyone deserves a seat at the table as we deal with the climate crisis.” “This effort builds on Oregon’s already aggressive climate strategy and gives the state more money to work with urban and rural communities to find climate solutions.”
Early this month, the EPA said the money was available through the Climate Pollution Reduction Grants (CPRG) program. Oregon gave notice on March 14 that it wanted to join the new scheme. The state will use the money to improve its plan for dealing with climate change.
“Prioritizing climate action is essential to conserving the natural beauty of our state,” Gov.Tina Kotek said. “Oregon’s environmental priorities require continued and urgent action – especially in the face of a worsening climate crisis, which disproportionately impacts communities of color and rural communities.
Oregon thanks our federal partners for recognizing the growing need for resources to states to combat climate change and build climate resilience.”
“Climate chaos is making our woods, fishing, and gardening hard to do. “We have to do everything we can to stop it,” U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley of Oregon said. “These funds will help both rural and urban communities in Oregon cut down on the greenhouse gases that are causing this chaos.”
Oregon U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden said, “These federal resources for Oregon are the latest solid example of how the Inflation Reduction Act is helping our state transition to a green economy, which creates jobs and cleaner air.” “I’m proud to have worked to pass this important law, and I’ll keep fighting to make sure Oregonians get their fair share of the investments it makes that will last for generations.
Earl Blumenauer, a U.S. Congressman from Oregon, said, “I’m glad that the money from the Inflation Reduction Act is being used quickly to fight climate change.” “The Climate Pollution, Reduction Grant program will help communities and tribes in Oregon come up with plans and tools to cut down on climate pollution and speed up our transition to clean energy.”
“This funding to reduce climate pollution is great news for Oregonians,” said Oregon’s U.S. Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici. “The Inflation Reduction Act will help our state cut emissions and other harmful air pollution while also growing the clean energy economy.”
“This grant will help bring Oregonians together to strengthen the state’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” said Oregon Department of Energy Director Janine Benner. “A recent study by the Oregon Global Warming Commission shows that the programs and policies we have in place are putting us on the right track to reach our goals for reducing emissions and making the switch to a clean energy future that is fair for everyone.
With this money, we can ensure that all opinions are heard as we build on current plans and ensure the programs meet their goals. The Oregon Department of Energy is excited to work on this important project with the EPA and other state departments.
Oregon Department of Environmental Quality Director Leah Feldon said, “Oregon is already a leader in climate protection, and these grants will help Oregon continue to make progress in reducing greenhouse gas emissions in all Oregon communities.”
“At DEQ, we are working to stop climate change with our Clean Fuels Program, which lowers the amount of carbon that cars and trucks release, and our Climate Protection Program, which puts a cap on emissions from burning fossil fuels and lowers that cap every year. These are tried-and-true ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and Oregon already sees the results.
In the summer of 2023, EPA Region 10 plans to give the state money deals and ensure they are followed.