A “cap and invest” bill would link it to California’s carbon trading market.
The Pacific Northwest is becoming a veritable hotbed of climate policy. Just months after Washington state passed a comprehensive package of climate bills, its neighbor Oregon is on the verge of passing a fateful bill of its own, one that would have repercussions far beyond the region.
The Clean Energy Jobs Bill (HB 2020A) was voted through by the Oregon Joint Committee on Carbon Reduction last week, the key legislative barrier to passage. Now it goes to the state Ways and Means Committee, then to the full House and Senate, then to the desk of Gov. Kate Brown. Though anything can happen, advocates are optimistic that the bill is headed for passage.
So … who cares? Why does it matter?
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