Tell your legislators to pass the amended Senate Bill 80
Oregon is at a crossroads when it comes to global warming. Through Senate Bill 80, the 2009 Legislature has the opportunity to put Oregon on a path to make the necessary reductions in global warming pollution while at the same time providing energy security and creating good jobs for Oregon families. But powerful interests are encouraging legislators to take a "wait and see" approach on global warming. Your voice is critical to making sure Oregon takes the lead in designing climate policies that best meet our needs and help build a green energy economy.
In early April, legislative leaders released a series of proposed amendments incorporating suggestions from industry, the utilities, and the transportation sector to clarify our climate policy and protect Oregon jobs and businesses. It adopts a measured time frame that gives industry time to plan and phases in accountability based on sectors’ ability to implement reduction strategies. It’s a real commitment – with clear time lines and accountability – to reduce our fossil fuel dependence and take back our energy dollars. It uses greenhouse gas reduction targets that are based on science and established by the Legislature in 2007. Here's a summary of the latest changes (PDF).
Senate Bill 80 is the linchpin of addressing Oregon’s climate challenges and building a green energy economy. Please contact your legislators today and ask them to vote yes on the amended bill.