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Portland Considers Fossil Fuel Infrastructure Ban

November 4, 2015

Environmentalists, business leaders and children made an impassioned plea Wednesday for the City of Portland to reject any new fossil fuel infrastructure.

Pete Salinger is a 13-year-old from Sunnyside Environmental School. He's studying climate change, and said when he was in Alaska this summer, tour guides pointed out  glaciers that had shrunk to little more than patches of snow. “I want to be able to show my children majestic glaciers and not talk about them as something that once was. That is not too much to ask,” he said.

Portland Mayor Charlie Hales and Commissioner Amanda Fritz have said they’ll back two resolutions opposing the expansion of any project to transport or store fossil fuels.

The entire council will consider the idea Wednesday afternoon.

The resolutions don't carry the force of law — Portland doesn’t have jurisdiction over the railways. But the resolutions direct staffers to propose changes to city code to ensure that major new projects aren't built.

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Mendenhall Glacier, Alaska.