Local group named CREDO Climate Hero

Submitted photoShown celebrating the CREDO Climate Hero award to Columbia Pacific Common Sense are, front row, from left, LaRee Johnson, Bobbi Brice, Charlie Miller, Jan Nybakke, John Nybakke and Jan Faber. Second row, Dan Serres, Robert Clark, Elsie Culp, Lori Durheim, Nancy Homes, Josie Peper, McLaren Innes, Chris Farrar, Carol Newman, Carolyn Crawford, Tina Stanley, Laurie Caplan and Susan Swanby. Back row, Nancy Brock, Ted Thomas, Brandon Ross, Ken Adee, Murray Stanley and Susana Gladwin.

A local grassroots group has been named a Climate Hero and awarded $500 by a national business and philanthropic organization, CREDO. Columbia Pacific Common Sense (CPCS) was honored for its work to stop the liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal and pipeline proposed for Warrenton by a company called Oregon LNG. The group, working closely with Columbia Riverkeeper, helped defeat the similar LNG proposal for Bradwood in 2010.

“We are delighted that CREDO is honoring the determined, effective work of area residents, landowners, and businesses. CPCS has helped prevent Oregon LNG from getting any required permits since the company showed up in 2004,” Laurie Caplan, co-chairwoman of CPCS said. The group is based in Astoria and also has members from around Oregon and Washington.

CPCS presents numerous community information workshops and other special events, distributes and researches scientific and other information, and encourages citizen testimony and participation at public meetings and hearings. The group is part of regional and statewide coalitions of numerous organizations that oppose Oregon LNG and an LNG terminal and pipeline proposed for Coos Bay.

The grant was part of CREDO’s Climate Heroes program, which is distributing more than $30,000 to 63 individuals and local organizations nationwide that work to promote a healthy environment and prevent worsening climate change.

Founded in 1985 as Working Assets, CREDO Mobile is an American mobile virtual network operator headquartered in San Francisco. The company’s goal is to bring social change through everyday acts of business, and members vote monthly to donate a portion of revenue to progressive nonprofit groups working on key issues. For information, go to http://credoaction.com and www.credomobile.com

For information about CPCS, contact Caplan at 503-338-6508. Information about LNG is at www.columbiariverkeeper.org

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