Stronger Together: The 2015 carbon-busting agenda

To get a handle on climate disruption, we need everyone’s participation and we need to tackle carbon pollution from every source. OEC is promoting and supporting state policies that:

  • Make our homes and other buildings more efficient
  • Make our cars and trucks more efficient
  • Transition Oregon away from dirty energy, like coal and oil, toward clean, renewable energy sources
  • Provide people with more transportation options
  • Hold big polluters accountable for the true cost of their carbon pollution

Early in the 2015 legislative session, OEC worked with partners to lift the sunset on the Oregon Clean Fuels Program. SB 324 requires oil companies to be part of the solution—reducing the carbon content of the fuels they sell to Oregonians. Now clean fuels providers have the market certainty they need to produce more clean fuels for the Oregon market, creating good, green jobs; and Oregonians can rest assured that the transportation fuel mix will be cleaner and lower-carbon over time. This is a win for our climate, improved air quality, fuel choice, and better jobs.

OEC is also working with our active transportation allies to ensure adequate resources for low-carbon transportation options. We are especially focused on funding for transit operations, including support for elderly and disabled transit and a new initiative to increase youth access to public transportation.

As the legislative session continues, OEC is also supporting:

Coal to Clean Energy
Although Oregon has only one coal-fired power plant, one-third of the electricity we consume comes from out-of-state coal-fired power plants. Coal to Clean Energy legislation, led by Sierra Club and others, pushes to replace coal with a mix that is 90% cleaner and relies more heavily on renewable energy. (SB 477, HB 2729)

Solar Power 
Environment Oregon and others are working to ensure that solar energy at all levels—from residential to commercial to community solar gardens to utility-scale—faces no barriers and is supported through state-level incentives. (HB 2632, HB 2745, HB 2941, HB 2447)

Electric Vehicles
Cleaner cars should be made more available to a wider range of Oregon drivers. The clean car rebate for EVs creates up to a $3,000 rebate, helping to defray the upfront cost of vehicle purchase. This legislation led by the Energize Oregon Coalition. (HB 2092) 

Energy Efficiency
To provide homeowners an incentive to make energy efficiency improvements, new legislation would exempt energy efficiency improvements from property tax valuation. (HB 3246)

Limiting and Pricing Carbon
OEC will engage in a robust discussion of how to limit and price carbon. We will support policies that result in real carbon reductions, while protecting and creating more opportunities for disadvantaged Oregonians. A number of bills have been introduced, and we expect legislative hearings to begin in April. (HB 3252, HB 3470, HB 2086, HB 2159, HB 3176, HB 3250, HB 2082,)

Related Posts
Filter by
Post Page
Water News Policy Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Water Conservation Featured Climate Protection OEC News/Updates/Events Transportation Solutions Toxics-Free Environments OEC History
Sort by

Introducing our 2016 legislative agenda

Oregon Environmental Council has been a leader in every legislative session since our founding in 1968. Our steady presence and our ability to forge consensus across party lines have led to creative and practical environmental protections. In 2016, OEC will once again be hard at work in Salem to protect Oregon’s environment and quality of life. Our priorities for this session include:The
February 1, 2016, 8:12 pm


2015 Legislative Agenda

Our job protecting Oregon is never done, and we have important work to do in the coming year to keep our legacy growing. Here’s what we seek to accomplish during the 2015 Oregon legislative session. Clean Fuels Work (SB 324) OEC is pleased to say that as of mid-March, we’ve achieved one of our major goals, lifting the sunset on Oregon’s Clean Fuels Prog


Carbon reduction committee energizes the Clean Energy Jobs bill toward passage

Members approved HB 2020, bill moves to Ways and Means PORTLAND — Members of the Joint Committee
May 18, 2019, 5:17 pm


A look back at carbon pricing in Oregon

Oregon has been working on varying forms of legislation to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions with a limit and price on pollution for well over a decade. Clean Energy Jobs is the final product and ready to be passed in 2018.
September 28, 2017, 10:49 pm


Turning Trash Into Low Carbon Treasure

A guest blog post by David Babson, Union of Concerned Scientists The United States generates more than 250 million tons of trash and more than 9 trillion gallons of wastewater each year, and these wastes are not well managed. Nearly two thirds of our solid waste ends up in landfills where it decomposes to generate greenhouse gases that are emitted into the atmosphere. In all, the waste management sector is the third largest source of climate
September 23, 2015, 8:14 pm


2 Replies to "Stronger Together: The 2015 carbon-busting agenda"

    Got something to say?

    Some html is OK