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Carbon Cap & Allocation Bill, a Feb 2016 follow up to 2015 HB3470 Climate Justice Bill

January 7, 2016 / vpaul / Blogroll

ACTION NEEDED:

We urge a YES vote on 2016 Healthy Climate Senate Bill – Carbon Cap & Allocation Bill, a Feb 2016 follow up to 2015 HB3470 Climate Justice Bill. LWVOR supports Renew Oregon Coalition, organizing a major support campaign with Oregon businesses, organizations and individuals.
(Read more about this bill below the Legislator Email Template)

  1. Contact your legislator. Ask for YES vote on the Healthy Climate Bill and take action on climate pollution in Oregon. Share with your friends!
  2. Sign up for the February 3rd lobby day & noon Capitol Steps rally. Support the most important climate legislation in our state’s history.

 

LEGISLATOR EMAIL TEMPLATE (personalize to be most effective)

Subject: It is critical you vote YES to protect the climate

Representative,

I urge you to support the 2016 Healthy Climate Senate Bill legislation to protect our climate.

We are out of time to watch and wait. Climate change is threatening our Oregon way of life. I want our state to lead in cutting pollution and shifting to a clean energy economy.

We must join West Coast partners in holding polluters accountable. If we don’t lead, we will lose opportunities for good paying renewable energy and efficiency construction jobs.

A changing climate is threatening everything we love about Oregon — drought is drying our farm and ranch land; hops farmers and grape growers are worried about water. Fisherman face rising ocean acid levels and our firefighters will face another extreme wildfire season this year. We must act.

Support the Healthy Climate bill. Move Oregon from pollution to prosperity. Let’s lead the way.

Yours sincerely,

First Last

Address

 


2016 Healthy Climate Bill

The Problem:
In 2007, the Oregon Legislature enacted ambitious climate pollution reduction goals to protect our clean air, safeguard our shellfish and tourism industries, and reduce Oregon’s contribution to climate change, drought, and severe weather.

Oregon is not on track to meet these goals. To reduce climate pollution to 75% below 1990 levels by 2050, Oregon needs an enforceable, economy-wide climate policy. Only a comprehensive policy that leads to a safe, affordable clean energy future will protect those hardest hit by climate change effects —our rural areas and industries, low-income communities, and communities of color.

The Solution:

  • Hold polluters accountable For Pollution Costs
    As individuals, we do our part to protect Oregon, from recycling to car inspections to paying for trash pickup. We should expect polluters to show the same level of responsibility. Enforcing existing climate pollution limits and putting a price on this pollution will hold polluters accountable and grow local clean energy economy with good paying jobs for Oregonians.
  • Limit pollution for Clean Air, Good Jobs, Healthy Climate
    The Healthy Climate Bill would limit pollution from dirty, outdated fuels and ensure investment in clean, affordable, locally made wind and sun energy. A clean energy future will improve our state’s economy and create high-paying jobs. New jobs in the clean energy economy can’t be outsourced because the work has to be done here at home.

The Healthy Climate Bill Would:

  • Require Oregon to achieve legislatively adopted climate goals (ORS 468A.205).
  • Require OR Dept of Environmental Quality to limit carbon pollution and create a market-based program to meet those limits.
  • Invest in local jobs, rural communities and clean air solutions.
  • Include requirements to:
    • Ensure using most cost-effective strategies.
    • Target investments in economically disadvantaged communities (including rural communities, communities of color, and low-income communities).
    • Allow flexibility to link to market-based programs in other jurisdictions.

Who supports this bill?
2015 supporters, plus an ever-growing coalition, will return in 2016 with an urgent call to pass meaningful legislation to accomplish the same goal. In the 2015 session, statewide and local climate organizations joined 55 Oregon businesses, the Communities of Color Coalition, numerous local elected officials, people of faith, young people and hundreds of Oregonians to encourage elected officials to enforce legislatively adopted climate pollution reduction goals.

FAQ’s

Will this bill help Oregon?
By limiting carbon pollution, the legislature can decrease pollution and create incentives to accelerate the transition to a clean energy economy. Part of the proceeds can be used to help Oregonians invest in energy retrofits for homes and businesses, renewable energy like solar and wind, and transportation improvements that cut the cost of energy and transportation for Oregonians. Additionally, the bill will include provisions for low-income and rural Oregonians, who are disproportionately impacted by climate change.

Will this bill help rural Oregon?
Yes. Carbon pollution Cap proceeds have led to investments in low-carbon freight technology, dairy farm energy projects, and forest research. They’ve protected rural communities from wildfires and extreme weather.

What’s at risk?

Our health:
Climate change represents a major threat to the quality of life for all Oregonians: increased risk of heat-related illness and death, spread of disease, and increased asthma. The young and elderly, low-income, communities of color, and people in industrial areas experience these impacts more acutely. Transitioning to clean energy will create healthier families and communities.

Our Natural Resources:
Warmer winters mean less snow in the mountains, freshwater shortages for our farmers in the summer, hotter and shallower water in rivers, killing millions of salmon and other fish. Wildfires ravage our forests and grasslands. Increasing ocean acidification and warmer ocean water impacts shellfish and fishing industries. By passing the Healthy Climate Bill, Oregon will do our part to reverse the trend and protect against these risks.

Additional Resources:

-The Healthy Climate Bill Summary, produced by the Sightline Institute in December 2015.

HOW MAKING POLLUTERS PAY COULD FIX OREGONIANS’ LOCAL POTHOLES by Kristin Eberhard.

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