How should Oregon fight climate change? The state’s Department of Environmental Quality is taking public input on its plans for about the next two weeks — through Oct. 25.
The rules and the accompanying information run some 155 pages, so we are just going to hit some highlights.
The plan has a declining cap on greenhouse gas emissions that requires suppliers of gasoline, diesel, propane, kerosene and natural gas to cut emissions by 80% by 2050. Emission credits can be traded and banked. Fuel suppliers can also choose to earn “community climate investment credits” by investing in projects that reduce emissions, prioritizing “environmental justice communities.” They could use those credits to help meet their declining caps.
As OPB reported, industry groups say it is going to raise costs for energy in Oregon. They argue it will make Oregon less competitive and may drive businesses out of state. But supporters of the program point out it will happen over some 30 years and the need for taking action on the climate demands Oregon do it.
If you want to comment on the plan, go to tinyurl.com/ORclimaterules.