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Cities Transitioning To A Fossil Fuel Free Economy

By Roy L Hales

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After 23 years of attempting to bring about change on the state and national levels, Daphne Wysham came to the conclusion that the last bastion of hope in the fight against the fossil fuel industry was at the local level. America’s mayors and city councils are much more accountable for health and safety of their constituents. She focused her attention on the Pacific Northwest, where there are currently 27 proposed coal, oil and gas by rail projects. This initially brought her into conflict with Portland Mayor Charles Hales, who subsequently became an apostle for cities transitioning to a fossil fuel free economy.

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Train Fire In The Outskirts of Portland

By Roy L Hales

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There was a train fire in the outskirts of Portland, Oregon, after a semi-truck lost control of his vehicle around 8:45 am this morning. According to Oregon Live, the train was not moving. A neighbour work up after hearing a “boom,” followed by three more explosions.Another witness says he heard a total of six “booms.” There was a train fire in the outskirts of Portland, Oregon, after a semi-truck lost control of his vehicle around 8:45 am this morning.

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Americas’ Neglected Bridges & Exploding Oil Trains

By Roy L Hales

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During the past seven years, the amount of oil by rail traffic to the coast has increased over 5,000%. This has resulted in a corresponding surge in the number of oil train derailments, spills, fires, and explosions. There was more oil spilled from trains in 2013, alone,  than the previous four decades. As some of these incidents were caused by misalignment or failure of railroad bridges, a grassroots co-alition of Riverkeeper, ForestEthics, and 22 Waterkeeper organizations inspected 250 railway crossings. The result is a shocking report, on Americas’ neglected bridges & exploding oil trains.

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Portland’s Oil-By-Rail Resolution Passed 4-0

By Roy L Hales

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Two and a half hours were allotted for this meeting, but there was not enough time for everyone to testify. More than a hundred signed up to speak. The crowd spilled into two overflow rooms. Only one of the two proposed fossil fuel resolutions was voted on. Commissioner Amanda Fritz proposed adopting policy opposing any increase in the amount of crude oil being transported by rail through the city of Portland and the city of Vancouver, Washington. Portland’s Oil-by-rail Resolution Passed 4-0 .

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