Since the moment President Donald Trump announced he would pull the United States out of the Paris climate agreement, we have been assured that states are going to take the lead on climate policy. There have been declarations, alliances, and delegationsformed to send the message that the US is still in the game. In the absence of federal leadership, state leadership will fill the gap. Full Article Here...


Lawmakers will raise the curtain Wednesday on the main feature of the Oregon Legislature's 2018 short session, offering the first public review of a pair of bills designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help the state and its residents adapt to climate change.

The "cap and invest" bills, currently labeled as Legislative Concepts 44 (Senate version) and 176 (House version), would establish limits on greenhouse gas emissions in the state and require the largest emitters to purchase allowances to cover their output.

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SALEM, Ore. (AP) — With the short 2018 legislative session behind them, Oregon politicians are already looking forward to pushing a cap on greenhouse gas emissions during next year’s long session.

After the session ended on Saturday, Senate President Peter Courtney, D-Salem, said at a news conference with Senate Majority Leader Ginny Burdick, D-Portland, that capping carbon emissions will be a priority for the long 2019 legislative session.

Courtney told reporters: “I’ve told everybody, we’re going to do this in ’19 or don’t bother coming.”

Gov. Kate Brown expressed confidence legislation to cap carbon emissions and create clean-energy jobs would be realized in 2019.

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Cap and invest isn't going away just because the Clean Energy Jobs bill didn't make it through the 2018 short Legislative session.

Some have speculated there were lawmakers, even among those who supported the measure to spur economic growth in clean energy, who didn't want to rubber stamp this bill in the short session.

But supporters aren't going away quietly.

Look for the bill to return during the next regular session, and for the state to be prepared for a fight.

Cap-and-invest is a powerful approach to reducing the emissions that spur global warming. Full Article Here...


PortlandBusinessJournalCapTradePollFeb82017.pngBy an overwhelming margin, Portland Business Journal readers want to see the state institute a cap-and-trade program to reduce carbon emissions.

With less than two days to run in the nonscientific poll, more than 400 readers had weighed in on the simple question: “Time for cap and trade?” A whopping 95 percent of respondents voted for the answer "Yes. Goals are nice, but climate change is serious business and Oregon needs to step up its game."

Sen. Lee Beyer, a Springfield Democrat, has introduced a bill that would set up a carbon market for big polluters in Oregon by 2021, and cap greenhouse-gas emissions at 20 percent below 1990 levels by 2025, falling to 75 percent below 1990 levels by 2050. The Legislature has yet to hold hearings on the bill. Full Article Here...


By Michelle Nijhuis on July 29, 2017. I saw “An Inconvenient Sequel” on a hot July night in Portland, Oregon, at a screening hosted by the environmental group Renew Oregon and attended by Governor Kate Brown. Full Article Here.



Democratic lawmakers in Salem have a majority, and one of the things they’re determined to do is pass climate change legislation — high on the list is a cap-and-trade system. Cassandra Profita joins us to tell us about the variety of bills under consideration. Listen Here...


Portland 7th grader Jeremy Clark gave testimony earlier this month before a joint meeting of the Oregon Legislature's environment committees in support of Senate Bill 557 and Senate Bill 748, which are aimed at cutting Oregon's carbon and greenhouse gas emissions.

"I am extremely concerned about climate change," Clark, 12, told the committees.

"I have read reports from the IPCC, the EPA and NASA," he continued, "and they all point to effects such as crop failure, collapse of the ecosystem... Full Article Here...


Michelle Romero wants Oregon to follow California’s lead: Price carbon emissions and put the revenue back into communities most affected by climate change.

Lawmakers in Salem are considering five different bills with the same goal of significantly reducing Oregon’s greenhouse gas emissions. 

Two of the proposed bills would create a cap and trade program, two would create a cap-and-price permitting program and the other would create a carbon tax. Full Article Here...


What’s the best way for Oregon to reduce its contributions to climate change? Supporters and opponents weighed in Wednesday at a legislative hearing on five bills that aim to reduce Oregon’s carbon emissions.

Dozens of people lined up at a joint committee hearing to testify in support of taking action to cap carbon emissions, warning that without such action wildfires, drought, extreme heat and flooding and other natural disasters would worsen and wreak havoc across the globe. Full Article Here...


PORTLAND, Ore. — The Renew Oregon Coalition, along with Climate Solutions and other groups, recently released a clean energy report card to evaluate where the state stands when it comes to reducing the state's carbon footprint and creating clean energy jobs related to renewable resources like solar, wind and hydroelectric generation. Full Article Here...



Oregon is not reducing carbon dioxide emissions fast enough to meet its goals for 2020 and beyond, a new report finds. In fact, it's not even close.

Those are the findings of a biennial report the Oregon Global Warming Commission will deliver to state lawmakers this week, and they come despite ambitious legislation passed to cut emissions from the electricity and transportation sectors. Full Article Here...


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