Growth stymies emission goals

Portland’s growing population is the biggest hurdle for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

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Portland is close to falling short of its goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 10 percent from the 1990 numbers by 2010. Portland’s growing population is one factor contributing to the challenge.

The state of Oregon and the city of Portland have set ambitious goals to reduce emissions believed to cause global warming. The city is about to adopt even tougher goals in cooperation with Multnomah County as part of a new Climate Action Plan.

But Portland General Electric recently said it needs to increase emissions from its power plants to meet customer demand for additional energy during the next 20 years. The congressionally created Northwest Power and Conservation Council recently declined to say that power plant emissions in the region could be cut during that same time.

Read the full story at the Portland Tribune.

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