Tag Archives: Cap-and-Trade

Why cap-and-trade can’t be ‘tweaked’

Oregon is less than three months away from the next meeting of the Legislature and cap-and-trade is coming back. While California is setting the cap-and-trade example with sky-high power rates and rolling blackouts, Oregon’s State Senator Michael Dembrow is reworking the bill that failed to get enough Democratic votes earlier this year. Source: Why cap-and-trade […]
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Democrats rev up plan for new carbon-reduction bill

Fear over denial of quorum during short session sparks murmurs of referring constitutional amendment to voters. The next session of the Oregon Legislature is expected to begin the way the last one ended, with a dramatic clash between Democrats and Republicans over the future carbon emissions. Source: Pamplin Media Group – Democrats rev up plan […]
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Our view | Democrats must work with GOP on climate bill

Oregon Republicans most likely understood at the end of the last session that the controversial carbon emission issue wasn’t going to go away. Already, one of the architects of the carbon emission reduction bill that failed during the last session is hard at work crafting a new proposal. Readers probably remember that Senate Republicans walked […]
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Democrats renew effort to pass carbon-reduction bill in Oregon

The next session of the Oregon Legislature is expected to begin the way the last one ended, with a dramatic clash between Democrats and Republicans over future carbon emissions. Sen. Michael Dembrow, D-Portland, is reworking a proposal to create a cap-and-trade program in Oregon for consideration by legislators when they convene next February. Source: Democrats […]
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Cap-and-trade bill was a missed opportunity

During Oregon’s last legislative session we had a climate bill that was good for our rural citizens: HB 2020. This was a cap, trade and invest bill. The cap is necessary to limit the amount of pollution. The trade is to create markets that provide incentives for reduction, and the investment is to create structure […]
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Environmental Groups Will Aim for the Ballot With Three Climate Change Petitions After Oregon Legislature Failed to Pass Carbon Cap

Groups say they’ll still put for change in the short session, but failing that they’ll pursue two ballot measures that are no filed with the Oregon Secretary of State’s Office. Source: Environmental Groups Will Aim for the Ballot With Three Climate Change Petitions After Oregon Legislature Failed to Pass Carbon Cap

Oregon Adopts Renewable Natural Gas Portfolio Standards

While the high-profile and politically-charged failure of the Oregon legislature to pass cap-and-trade legislation has garnered much public attention, Oregon nonetheless adopted less high-profile but important energy legislation in its recently-concluded session. Chief among these is SB 98, which adopts new portfolio targets for the use of renewable natural gas by Oregon’s natural gas utilities and directs […]
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Opinion: Governor should cut carbon emissions with or without Senate Republicans

Law professor Melissa Powers argues that Gov. Brown should follow through on a pledge to use her executive powers to carry out carbon-reduction strategies. Source: Opinion: Governor should cut carbon emissions with or without Senate Republicans – oregonlive.com

Opinion: Legislators’ world doesn’t reflect the reality that loggers, truckers face

As a board member for #TimberUnity Association, a grass-roots group, I recently attended the annual economic summit of coastal legislators in Florence. I wanted to hear firsthand lawmakers’ plans for the February session, specifically any attempts to revive the cap-and-trade tax that failed earlier this year. Source: Opinion: Legislators’ world doesn’t reflect the reality that […]
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Unfair to scapegoat Monnes Anderson for climate activists’ failure | Opinion

Cathe Wiese, who heads a nonprofit serving homeless families, writes that Sen. Laurie Monnes Anderson’s rejection of HB 2020 came after hearing of concerns from people like her about the bill’s expected costs. Yet now, advocates are trying to smear Monnes Anderson. Source: Opinion: Unfair to scapegoat Monnes Anderson for climate activists’ failure