Landmark Oregon Climate Legislation Takes Major Step Forward

Statement from Pam Kiely, Sr. Director for Regulatory Strategy, Environmental Defense Fund

June 12, 2019
Dave Kuntz,, (202) 572-3570

(SALEM, OR – Jun. 12, 2019) Today the Oregon legislature took a major step toward reducing harmful air pollution by passing House Bill 2020 out of the Ways and Means Committee by a vote of 13-8. House Bill 2020 will create a cap-and-invest program that – though a binding limit across nearly all major sectors of the economy – will aggressively slash carbon emissions by 2050. The landmark bill will next be considered by the full House. 
“Oregon’s elected leaders are setting the model for the rest of the country to follow.  By tackling emissions from nearly all sectors of the economy and requiring near-term reductions that are consistent with science, this is a real solution that matches the ambition needed from states on climate. We are excited to see it considered by the full legislature and move quickly to Governor Brown’s desk.”

  • Pam Kiely, Senior Director for Regulatory Strategy

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