Oregonians use power from five of 'dirtiest' sources

A new study ranking the nation's top 100 "dirtiest" power plants shows that although Oregon isn't home to any of those polluters, its residents do receive power from five of them.

And power plants in Oregon produce as much carbon each year as two million cars, according to the report by Environment America, a coalition of state-level environmental advocacy groups including Environment Oregon.

"If we want a cleaner, safer future for our kids, we can't afford to ignore power plants' overwhelming contribution to global warming," said Charlie Fisher, field organizer for Environment Oregon.

Power plants are America's largest single source of the carbon pollution that fuels global warming, accounting for about one-third of all greenhouse gas emissions.

According to the report, the top 50 U.S. power plants emit more greenhouse gases than all but six nations.

On Friday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposed the country's first Clean Air Act standards to cut carbon pollution from new power plants. There are no national limits on carbon pollution from new or existing power plants.

According to the new report, Oregonians get power from Montana's Colstrip Steam Plant, ranked the 18th dirtiest; Wyoming's Jim Bridger Steam Plant, ranked 23rd; Colorado's Craig Station, ranked 55th; Utah's Hunter Power Plant, ranked 63rd; and Arizona's Colla Generating Station, ranked 88th.

"Wind, solar and energy efficiency have made Oregon a leader in climate solutions, and we still have more to do," said state Sen. Jackie Dingfelder, D-Portland. "But this report shows that we can't solve the climate crisis without tackling the biggest national source of carbon pollution — power plants."

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