Clean Energy Jobs (2017 & 2018)
A policy to put a limit and price on climate pollution from the largest polluters in the state. It will secure greenhouse gas reductions and reinvestment into communities across Oregon to create clean energy jobs and a thriving economy, especially in communities that need it most. By the end of the 2017 legislative session, the bill had 33 co-sponsors in the House and Senate -- a third of the legislature! Governor Kate Brown, Speaker Tina Kotek and other important leaders have signaled Clean Energy Jobs is a priority for the 2018 session. After nearly a decade of shaping this policy in Oregon, it's ready to be pushed over the finish line!
It’s time for Oregon to transition from polluting energy to a clean energy economy.
Our state is poised to reap the rewards of good-paying jobs, clean air, and local, renewable energy by putting a price on climate pollution and reinvesting the proceeds into our communities.
The impacts of climate change are hurting Oregonians. Our families, farmers, fishermen and firefighters are bearing the burden of climate pollution and burning fossil fuels. A limit and price on pollution from the largest sources will cut down the harmful effects on Oregonians while investing in solutions to grow our economy, especially for people who need it most.
We must act now. Oregon can seize the opportunity to lead the clean energy economy, create good paying jobs for Oregonians and protect the health of our families and clean air.
The Renew Oregon coalition is championing a policy that will:
Cap: Limit climate pollution statewide for emitters of 25,000 tons of greenhouse gases per year, about the equivalent of burning 133 train cars full of coal. In other words, your favorite brewery or the store down the street will not fall under the cap, only the largest polluters in the state. The cap will decline over time through 2050 to ensure we reach our reduction targets and provide certainty for business.
Price: The largest emitters will pay for every ton of climate pollution they put into our air. The price is stable and adjusted over time to ensure the cap is not exceeded giving polluters incentive to cut emissions and allowing flexibility to do so efficiently and at least cost.
Invest: Hundreds of millions of dollars per year will be reinvested in clean energy solutions -- like affordable solar, energy efficiency upgrades to homes and businesses, more transportation options, and job training programs. Investment will be targeted to rural communities for projects like wild re prevention, drought protection and clean energy. Equity and a just transition to clean energy are central to the policy.
We need to price pollution and invest in solutions
A CLEAN ENERGY ECONOMY FOR ALL
By acting now, Oregon will reap rewards -- including clean, renewable energy and thousands of good paying jobs all over the state:
- More than 48,000 Oregonians work in the clean and green economy now, producing $7 billion in goods and services per year. Clean jobs are growing at 11% -- faster than the state average. Imagine what major new investments could do!
- Investing in clean energy creates jobs for Oregonians with all kinds of skills: construction workers, engineers, road crews, designers, manufacturing workers, accountants, salespeople, and administrators.
HISTORY OF SUCCESS
Ten U.S. states have successful cap-and-invest programs running now. After years of expe- rience all of them have: growing economies, falling emissions, stable energy prices, and thou- sands of jobs created. While large polluters continue to try to scare people away from action with claims of economic disaster, history is our proof of success.