Protecting Oregon from Dirty Diesel
Oregon has a diesel problem.
Diesel exhaust in Oregon…
- causes up to 460 premature deaths each year;
- causes up to $274 million in climate damage annually in Oregon;
- costs our people as much as $3.5 billion a year in health harm and lost productivity.
But the biggest problem is this: Oregon is ignoring the solution.
New engine technology can make heavy duty trucks, construction equipment and other diesel engines run with 90% less pollution, virtually eliminating cancer risk. It’s a great investment: diesel engine upgrades can deliver $17 in health benefits for every dollar invested.
And yet Oregon has…
- not funded diesel engine upgrades since 2007-09.
- eliminated a tax credit program in 2012.
- cut funding for upgrading school buses, leaving thousands of dirty buses on the road and missing a goal to upgrade the entire fleet by 2017.
- invested only 5% of the funds Washington have dedicated to diesel cleanup since 2002.
Now is the time for Oregon to invest in cleaning up deadly diesel pollution.