DPO Caucuses

Environmental Caucus

The Environmental Caucus of the Democratic Party of Oregon has a passion to meld climate and environmental action with justice.  We help elect candidates and work on policy. We have strong environmental principles expressed in Article 3 of the Platform.

We NEED you, so sign up using the form on this page!

Last chance for comments on DEQ’s Climate Fuels Cap and Reduction

We must support and improve the “Cap and Reduce” program for fuel suppliers like BP and Northwest Natural Gas.  This program will set a cap on emissions that will get lower every year until 2050. 90% of all transportation fuels and 100% of natural gas utility use are under the cap! Public input made DEQ put 99% of fuels under the cap by 2030.

We need you to help make it better and support the overall program.  Reducing emissions over the next 8 years need to be accelerated. Meanwhile, the industry is trying to kill or delay the rules by scaring business and the public. They are sending customers emails claiming the Program is too expensive and will hurt regular Oregonians. DEQ says the price increases will be small — maybe 4 cents /gallon for gasoline.

We need your help to make sure the EQC makes the right decision for all Oregonians.  Send a short email to [email protected] before October 25th.

Sample Message

Dear EQC: Thank you for setting up the cap and reduce program on transportation fuel and natural gas. This is so important for our future. Oregonians need you to adopt these rules now. No more delays. Require industry to reduce greenhouse emissions at a faster pace than proposed. Cut emissions in half by 2030.

If you want to elaborate, here is the link to the formal coalition letter the Caucus signed onto.

Send your email today! [email protected]


Make your voice heard!
Join our listening sessions.

Are you concerned about how climate change is affecting our state? Do you want to add your voice to the discussion about priorities and opportunities? The Environmental Caucus wants to hear from you! In partnership with County democrats, we’re hosting virtual regional listening sessions!

You’ll have the opportunity to share the most pressing environmental concerns affecting your region and your climate action priorities, and the Environmental Caucus will use the ideas from the session to guide the Caucus’ decisions about future state-level climate policy, inform the DPO on its platform and planks, and share findings about Oregonian’s top environmental issues across all groups and regions. Join us!

North Coast

Clatsop, Columbia, Tillamook, and Lincoln counties, and Confederated Tribe of Siletz Indians
Wednesday, October 20th, 6-7:30pm


Hood River, Wasco, Jefferson, Deschutes, Sherman, and Crook counties, and Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs
Tuesday, October 26th, 6-7:30pm


Washington, Yamhill, Polk, Marion, Benton, Linn, and Clackamas counties, and Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde
Tuesday, November 2nd, 6-7:30pm


Malheur, Harney, Lake, and Klamath counties, and Klamath Tribes, and Burns Paiute Tribe
Thursday, November 4th, 6-7:30pm


Douglas, Coos, Curry, Jackson, Josephine, Lane counties, and Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians, Cow Creek Band Of Umpqua Tribe Of Indians, and Colquille Indian Tribes
Monday, November 8th, 6-7:30pm


Umatilla, Morrow, Grant, Gilliam, Wallowa, Union, Baker, and Wheeler counties, and Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation
Wednesday, November 10th, 6-7:30pm


Please call Representative Kurt Schrader to vote for the $3.5 trillion reconciliation bill to Build Back Better

This package supports Oregon’s own legislation to create truly renewable energy by 2040! It provides essential investment in new renewable energy, transportation electrification and electric grid improvements to manage the transition to renewable energy. Call (202) 225-5711.

To learn more read this article.

Tell Gov. Brown: Use Stimulus for Climate and Equity

Check out our letter to the Governor calling for job stimulus dollars for climate and equity, and read more about our call to action here.

Learning from COVID to Address Climate Change

If there is one thing we can learn from the COVID19 pandemic, it is that listening to scientists saves lives. The Governor is listening to climate scientists. Her recent Executive Order directing state agencies to take actions to reduce and regulate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions will save lives. Read our blog post about Governor Brown’s Executive Order.


Read the Environmental Caucus Bylaws

DPO Environmental Caucus Officers

Chair: Catherine Thomasson | [email protected]
Vice Chair: Doyle Canning | [email protected]
Treasurer: Jaiden Oquendo
Secretary: Alexis Biddle
SCC Delegate: Heather Bishop
SCC Alternate: Michael Calhoun
Membership Standing Committee Chair: Sally DeSipio | [email protected]
Oregon Green New Deal Chair: Xanthia Wolland | [email protected]

Contact the DPO Environmental Caucus at [email protected].

Join the Environmental Caucus!