Clean Energy Jobs Bill – 2018

Lobby day and Rally for Clean Energy Jobs: Monday, February 12, 2017 Link to updates

Updated Clean Energy Jobs Bill The complete current bill as amended at the end of the 2017 session

Clean Energy Jobs Bill 2017 Summary September 2017 A two-page summary of the latest version developed by Alan Journet

Guest Column: Clean Energy Jobs: a no-regrets solution  Column appearing in the Medford Mail Tribune, October 29, 2017.

Interview in Rogue Valley Messenger  Editor Phil Busse interviews Alan Journet on the bill; scroll down to ‘It’s Getting Hot In Here With State Legislative Session on Horizon, A Chance To Curb Emissions’

FAQ 2018 Clean Energy Jobs a ten-page set of responses to commonly-asked questions.

Information sheet (print version)

Possible Actions

Individual
Sign-on
Small Business Sign-on Organization Sign-on Agricultural sign-on Faith Sign-on letter Local Elected Officials

State Elected Reps

The Clean Energy Jobs Bill (CEJ), known as SB1070 as the 2017 session closed, will have a new number when the 2018 session opens.  It has 42 sponsors/supporters, 29 in the House and 13 in the Senate. Regrettably these are all Democrats.  Climate science is a non-partisan issue and hopefully Oregon can show how this can be done.

Governor Brown is on board for 2018 passage as is House Speaker Tina Kotek and the complete House Leadership team.  In the Senate one member of the Leadership team is so far on board. Persuading some Republicans to acknowledge the urgency of action would be beneficial.  This is not only because Senate President Courtney is more likely to be supportive if there is evidence of bi-partisan support, but also because revenue generating bills constitutionally require a 3/5th majority in each chamber to pass.  Although the Legislative Counsel writers feel that the bill is a permitting bill not a revenue-generating bill and thus evades the 3/5th requirement, this opinion could be challenged in court.

Work Groups:

To solicit input into CEJ, Helm and Dembrow organized four work groups that have met once to seek information input and will meet again before session to offer suggestions.

These work groups are:

Agriculture, Forest, Fisheries, Rural Communities and Tribes (Pam Marsh chairs this group),
Utilities and Transportation
Regulated Entities
Environmental Justice and Just Transition

Three questions seeking public input were developed following the first meeting of each work Group (Response deadline was October 12th):

Question 1: What aspects of a cap-and-invest policy as it is being discussed in Oregon are you most concerned about for your organization/industry/constituents/customers?

Question 2: What changes would you suggest be made to cap-and-invest as it is currently being discussed to address the concerns you have?

Question 3: What opportunities do you believe exist for your organization/industry/constituents/ customers from implementation of a cap-and-invest policy as it is currently being discussed in Oregon? )

Alan Journet responded on behalf of SOCAN (CEJ Work Group Responses).

2018 Campaign

The campaign for 2018 also involves efforts to generate support for the Clean Energy Jobs Bill among Businesses, Organizations, Elected local officials, The Agricultural Community, the Faith Community and particularly (of course)  among State Representatives.  To achieve the latter, we are seeking constituents in Districts represented by non-sponsors who will contact reps and urge their support and urge them to identify CEJ as a high priority for 2018.

SOCAN is proud to join others involved in the campaign including Renew Oregon, Rogue Climate, 350.PDX, 350.Eugene (Campaign #4), 350.Salem, 350.Deschutes.

SOCAN Government Group

The SOCAN Government Group is working on these tactics:
1)  Reaching out to representatives through constituents to encourage signing on to CEJB and assigning it high priority
2)  Working through the Jackson County Democratic Party to educate the Democratic Party of Oregon (DPO) about the importance and urgency of action.

At the SOCAN/Rogue Climate Clean Energy Jobs Forum on September 7th we established a series of teams working locally on the above elements.  Anyone wishing to help promote meaningful greenhouse gas emissions (climate pollution) reduction legislation in Oregon is encouraged to contact Alan Journet, email: alan@socan.info

Democratic Party Strategy

We are also working with the Democratic Party of Oregon and County Central Committees to and make it a high priority for that session to pass a resolution supporting the Clean Energy Jobs Bill in 2018 and encourage representatives to support it.  The following resolution has been passed by the Jackson County Democratic Party Central Committee and is being considered by other such committees across the state. An abbreviated version will be presented at the state level in November.

JCDPCC Resolution A pdf file

JCDPCC Resolution A word file

History:

The combination of optimism generated by the Paris Agreement regarding global warming goals, and pessimism generated by the November election, have led to the greater realization that for the U.S. to achieve meaningful reductions in emissions, the states must take the lead.  The pressure, therefore, is on states such as Oregon where there is a political ‘climate’ that conceivably could enact meaningful GHG emissions reduction legislation.  However, we cannot possible achieve comprehensive greenhouse gas emissions (climate pollution) reduction without YOUR help.   Please join us….Please email Alan Journet (alan@socan.info) or call 541-301-4107 if you wish to get involved

2017 Legislative Session

SB 557 passed out of the Senate Environment and Natural Resources on Wednesday April 12, 2017 and was recommended by that committee to move to the Senate Rules committee.  As a formality, all Senate bills must go to the Senate President’s desk after they leave their first committee, to be ‘referred’ by the President. Usually bills pass along without any conflict, but President Courtney decided to hold SB 557.
Unfortunately, the Senate President’s office then sent SB 557 to  the Senate Business and Transportation committee. This killed the bill. The bill sponsor Senator Beyer sits on that committee, but there’s nothing he could do since it arrived too late to be scheduled for meaningful action.
BUT – there was also a House bill under consideration (HB 2135).  This was 2016’s Healthy Climate Bill. House Energy and Environment Committee Chair Helm agreed to amend HB 2135 so it mirrors SB 557. Local Representative Pam Marsh – our champion – is on this committee. HB 2135 was recommended Do Pass by the House Environment & Energy committee on April 17 and forwarded to the House Rules committee where it ultimately died as the session ended.
As the Session drew to a close, Representative Helm and Senator Dembrow resurrected HB2135 with amendments as SB1070, which received a reading in the Senate before closure.  This bill had 33 sponsors and will be brought back in 2018.

House E & E membersSenate E & NR members.

General Legislature/Legislator Information

The Oregon Senate has 30 districts with the 2017 /18 session count at 17 Democrats to 13 Republicans (the loss of Senate District 3 eliminated the Democrat super-majority). Each Senate District comprises exactly two House Districts. The House thus has 60 Districts; it comprises 35 Democrats to 25 Republicans.

Identify Your State Representative – Find out who represents you in the State House and Senate. All you need is your address.

Find Your State Representative’s Contact Information – Find them by District or alphabetically by name

Find Your State Senator’s Contact Information – Find them by District or alphabetically by name

Oregon 2017 Legislative Committees – List of Oregon House and Senate committees and memberships

Representative Letter Bullets Feb 2017– Tips on things to write about in letters to reps.