This program aired originally on April 3, 2023
On February 7, the Eugene City Council voted to phase out fossil fuels like gas in new homes and buildings, the first city in Oregon to take this step that will cut climate pollution, improve air quality, and lower utility bills for households. This vote is a major victory for the dozens of climate, environmental justice, health, housing and racial justice groups who organized for more than two years in favor of the policy. But as soon as the bill was passed, NW Natural, who had spent millions of dollars trying to defeat the bill, started an effort to undo it.
On this episode of Locus Focus we talk with Dylan Plummer, Senior Campaign Representative for Sierra Club's Building Electrification Campaign in Eugene, and Danny Noonan with the Breach Collective, about the importance of Eugene’s ban on new fossil fuel hookups, and why NW Natural is fighting so hard to repeal it.