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Protesters say Portland’s proposed oil-terminal ban needs to go further

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Protesters demonstrating in downtown Portland Tuesday said a proposed ban by the city on new fossil-fuel terminals is a good first step but that more needs to be done. (KPTV) Protesters demonstrating in downtown Portland Tuesday said a proposed ban by the city on new fossil-fuel terminals is a good first step but that more needs to be done. (KPTV)
PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

Protestors tried to send a strong message to Portland city leaders and President Obama Tuesday, saying a proposed ban involving new fossil fuel infrastructure is a good first step but doesn't go far enough.

The protest in downtown Portland centered on a resolution passed last year by the city council banning new fossil fuel terminals in the city.

Tuesday a commission held its first public hearing on that proposal

The demonstrators protesting downtown said they wanted to make sure their message travels beyond Portland, all the way to Washington D.C.

The protestors could be heard calling on President Obama to block construction of the Dakota Access oil pipeline in North Dakota.

People living in the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation say the project will poison their land, but the oil industry claims the pipeline, as well as new oil terminals in cities like Portland, are needed to create jobs.

That argument by oil companies is one the demonstrators flat-out reject.

"We actually now have studies that show we can create more jobs and better-paying jobs with renewable energy and energy efficiency than with fossil fuels,” protest organizer Mia Reback said. “It's the right thing to do for our economy.  It's the right thing to do for our climate.

Other groups said Portland’s proposed fossil fuel ban doesn't go far enough, and they object to language in the proposal which allows existing terminals to expand by 10 percent.

In the end, it will be up to the full Portland city council to ratify the commission's recommendations.

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