Hotseat: David Tyler

A UO Chemistry professor answers the age-old Question, “paper or plastic?” Don’t even ask about cotton.

Q & A
A chemist walks into a bar and tells the hipsters drinking there that their locally brewed organic ale is bad for the environment. There’s no punch line: Beer is just one of the many beloved t   More
Wednesday, July 31, 2013 CATALINA GAITAN

Dr. Know: Grocery Bag Quandry

Dr. Know
Paper or plastic? —Nick G. You’re clearly a wiseass, Nick, but I do admire your brevity. I’ll assume, charitably, that you’re not just flinging linguistic poo at the answer monkey and you re   More
Wednesday, October 26, 2011 MARTY SMITH

Murmurs: Bring those Bags, Brent Barton!

Oh, Blazers! Where shall I go? What shall I do?

Former State Rep. Brent Barton (D-Clackamas) has moved out of his old legislative district so he can run for the seat being vacated by former House Speaker Dave Hunt (D-Gladstone), who’s running    More
Wednesday, October 5, 2011 WW Editorial Staff

Opponents of Plastic Bags to Rally at City Hall

Proponents of banning single-use plastic bags in Portland will testify in front of City Council Wednesday morning and stage a rally outside City Hall on Wednesday afternoon. Mayor Sam Adams -- who supported a ban or a tax in 2007 as a commissioner, then backed away from the ideas in 2009 amid the recession -- is keeping mum about his latest idea for moving Portlanders away from the petroleum-based ...   More
Tuesday, July 13, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

City Hall: Commissioners Pass Plastic-Bags Resolution

Portland City Commissioners today adopted a compromise resolution in support of a proposed statewide ban on single-use plastic bags [PDF]. The joint effort with the Oregon Legislature follows a recent push by Mayor Sam Adams (who voted on today's resolution via telephone because he was ill) to enact a Portland-specific ban on the petroleum-based bags. In response to Adams' local campaign, ...   More
Wednesday, July 28, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

State Lawmakers and Portland Mayor Agree to Collaborate on Plastic-Bag Ban (Updated)

Mayor Sam Adams has backtracked on his pledge to bring an anti-plastic-bag ordinance to City Council, conceding to state lawmakers' wishes that he instead support a non-binding resolution calling first for an Oregon-wide ban. In a memo signed July 22 [PDF], the mayor says he will bring an ordinance banning the petroleum-based bags in Portland only if the proposed state ban fails in the 2011 ...   More
Friday, July 23, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

State Lawmakers Meet With Portland Mayor About Plastic-Bag Ban

State lawmakers this afternoon met with Mayor Sam Adams about his efforts to ban plastic bags in Portland, a move that could upset plans in Salem to enact a statewide ban. The 12:30 pm meeting at City Hall doesn't appear on Adams' schedule, which suggests it was pulled together relatively spontaneously; a spokesman for the mayor did not respond immediately to a request for comment on what prompted ...   More
Wednesday, July 21, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

Mayor Pledges Details on Plastic-Bag Ban by Friday

Mayor Sam Adams offered no new details today about his promise to ban single-use plastic bags in Portland. But he did announce he will have a draft ordinance describing that plan by the end of the week. That new promise satisfied opponents of the petroleum-based product who staged a rally outside City Hall this afternoon after anti-bag activists testified in front of City Council this morning. The ...   More
Wednesday, July 14, 2010 BETH SLOVIC


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