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Groups rally in support of vote to limit fuel transportation around Portland

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A large group rallied outside city hall in Portland Wednesday afternoon ahead of a voting session in support of two resolutions proposed by Mayor Hales and Commissioner Amanda Fritz restricting the storage and transportation of fossil fuels around the city.

The first resolution would oppose the expansion or modification of infrastructure to transport or store fossil fuels in Portland, and would direct city staffers to enforce existing laws and to change city codes to reinforce the policy.

The second resolution opposes all proposed projects that would increase crude oil being transported by train through Portland and Vancouver.

The Vancouver city council has passed a similar policy in reaction to a proposed oil terminal that could transport 360,000 barrels of oil by rail from North Dakota to the Port of Vancouver.

Many of these demonstrators said they support the resolutions because they're concerned about the risk of explosions and oil spills from oil trains and about the impact on our health and the environment.

 “As someone who is young - I'm just 23 years old - I'm terrified of climate change. I think that is the biggest threat to my future livelihood and has the most potential to harm my future quality of life,” Mia Reback with the group PDX 350 said. “And for that reason I really think we need to take these measures to stop new fossil fuel developments to really turn the course toward a cleaner, renewable energy economy.”

Mayor Hales said these new resolutions would not force any existing businesses to shut down, and that even with the success Portland has seen reducing pollution, greater steps need to be taken.

"Since the early 1990s, Portland has made significant progress on reducing carbon emissions through the implementation of its Climate Action Plan, with a 14 percent total emission reduction, while the rest of the nation has increased emissions by 7 percent," Mayor Hales said in a release. "However, reducing the use of fossil fuels is a problem of supply and demand. We must address both sides. The Climate Action Plan focuses primarily on the use of fossil fuels in our community, and this resolution focuses on the mining, transport and storage."

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