Promoting Environmental Protection & Economic Opportunity

Promoting Environmental Protection & Economic Opportunity

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Here are Some Facts About Cap & Trade:

It Will Drive Up The Cost Of Living For Oregonians

Cap and trade will drive up the cost of living for Oregonians, particularly those in rural areas who drive longer distances and have less access to transit. Companies forced to pay for cap and trade will simply pass along the cost to consumers in the form of higher prices.

It Will Reduce The Number Of Living-Wage Jobs

Cap and trade will reduce the number of living-wage, manufacturing jobs, which are so important to rural communities. This will only deepen the economic division between Portland and rural Oregon.

It Isn’t Designed To Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Cap and trade is not a system designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. It’s a system designed to raise money for the government, and politicians will simply spend it on whatever they want.

New Laws Haven’t Had A Chance To Take Effect Yet

There are significant new laws designed to reduce carbon that haven’t even taken effect yet; we should give them a chance to work.

Latest News

Guest Opinion: Protect pulp mills in cap and trade bill

The pulp and paper industry is a major driver of Oregon’s economy – particularly in the rural communities where mills provide more than 4,000 jobs and in excess of $1.5 billion in local economic activity. These jobs aren’t in Oregon’s largest towns. Some may have only...

Union President: Cap-and-trade bill will cost local jobs

As the president of the United Steel Workers, Local Union 1097, I work alongside 600 hardworking union members at Georgia-Pacific’s Wauna paper mill. We are proud of what we do, how we do it and why we do it. We work in facilities that were green before being green...

Latest Articles

Cap and Trade Bill Includes Unnecessary Emergency Clause

Cap and Trade Bill Includes Unnecessary Emergency Clause

The newly amended version of HB 2020 unveiled last week included too many changes to count, many technical or semantic and some that are consequential to Oregon manufacturers. Unfortunately, the amendment retained one of the most indefensible provisions in the last...

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Cap and Trade Amendment Fails to Address Key Concerns

Cap and Trade Amendment Fails to Address Key Concerns

On Monday, lawmakers released their much anticipated amendment to the cap and trade bill. The amendment is supposedly the result of hours of public testimony lawmakers received during hearings held in the Capitol and in communities across the state. Unfortunately, the...

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Five Things We Learned From The Cap And Trade Road Show

Five Things We Learned From The Cap And Trade Road Show

Lawmakers on the Joint Carbon Reduction Committee spent the last two weeks on the road listening to comments from Oregonians on the cap-and-trade proposal introduced in HB 2020. They visited Springfield, Medford, The Dalles and Bend and took remote testimony from...

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