May 20, 2018
2019 seems like a long way off, doesn’t it? We’re getting ready for summer and the end of school right now. But our work toward 2019, to make Oregon a leader in protecting the climate, begins now.
A powerful new committee of lawmakers -- the Joint Committee on Carbon Reduction -- will have their inaugural meeting next week. It’s the first committee of its kind in Oregon HISTORY!
The tremendous enthusiasm and engagement from business leaders to grassroots activists, farmers and city-dwellers, communities of faith and social justice champions helped make the Clean Energy Jobs bill a priority in the Oregon Legislature.
Now the House Speaker and Senate President will head up this committee to make cap-and-invest a reality for Oregon in 2019 -- to clean our air, create good-paying jobs and invest in more clean energy for our communities all over the state.
Hearing Details: May 22, 2018 at noon in the Capitol Building.
Building on years of work, Clean Energy Jobs is a bill to cap climate pollution from the state’s largest polluters. The cap will shrink every year to move Oregon to a low-carbon economy.
The bill will drive investments in upgrading homes and businesses with clean power and energy saving improvements to save people money and help Oregon communities prepare for the impacts of climate change we’re experiencing now -- like flooding, wildfires and drought. Funding these improvements is critical to reducing Oregon's greenhouse gas pollution to a safe level and transitioning our economy to clean energy to be prepared for the future.
Thanks to our collective efforts this past legislative session, we’re still on track for Oregon’s innovative, job-creating cap-and-invest system to take effect on the same timeline as if it had passed this year!
While the bill didn’t pass, several budget items did. The money will help our state prepare the necessary steps over the next year to get the Clean Energy Jobs program up and running on schedule.
Not only that, but we now have commitments from House Speaker Tina Kotek, Senate President Peter Courtney and Governor Kate Brown that they will finish the work and pass Clean Energy Jobs next year! The first time we’ve had solid commitments from all three important state leaders.
2018 may have not been the year, but legislators are on record as saying that 2019 and the longer session is the right time. We’re going to work with them to make it the best clean energy law possible for all Oregonians.