Clean Energy Jobs – 2018/2019

2019

The Governor, Senate Leader Peter Courtney, and House Speaker Tina Kotek have committed to making a greenhouse gas emissions cap b ill a priority for the 2019 session.  To this end, the Governor’s office has a Carbon Policy Advisor, Kristen Sheeran (formerly a leading advocate with Climate Solutions in the statewide coalition), while Courtney and Kotek have established an Oregon Senate/House Joint Committee on Carbon Reduction. It is troubling that both items refer to carbon rather than greenhouse gas emissions or climate pollution, since this suggests a lack of understanding of the science and could indicate that whatever bill the committee produces may not be a greenhouse gas emissions bill and may become a carbon-from-fossil- fuel-combustion bill that encourages natural gas.  Since some Republicans are pressing to start from square one rather then use the Clean Energy Jobs Bill as the basis for discussion, this is problematic.  It is our hope that the language of the 2016/2017 Clean Energy Jobs Bill that specifically refers to all greenhouse gases will be retained such that the bill that emerges from this committee is a genuine greenhouse gas emissions reduction bill.

The Joint Committee membership has been identified and the committee will hold its first meeting during Legislative Days in May (21 – 23).  Membership comprises:

Senate:
Peter Courtney (D): SD 11 Salem, President of the Senate and co-chair
Cliff Bentz (R): SD 30 Eastern Oregon
Michael Dembrow (D): SD 23 NE/SE Portland, Clean Energy Jobs champion and chair of Senate C0mmittee on Environment and Natural Resources.
Lee Beyer (D): SD 6 Eugene/Springfield
Steiner Hayward (D): SWNW Portland
Alan Olsen (R): SD 20 Canby, Gladstone, Sandy, a stgaucnh opponent of legislation to address greenhouse gases.
Fred Girod (R): SD 9 Stayton

House:
Tina Kotek (D): HD 44 North Portland, SPeaker of the House and co-chair
Ken Helm (D): HD 34 Beaverton, Clean Energy Jobs champion and Chair of the House Committee on Energy and Environment
Karin Power (D): HD 41 SE Portland, Milwaukie
John Lively (D): HD 12 Springfield
David Brock Smith (R): HD 1 South Coast
Werner Reshke (R): HD 56 Klamath Falls
Richard Vial (R): HD 26 Wilsonville, Sherwood, Scholls

The First Meeting will be held during May 21 – 23 Legislative Days.  It will be critical to convince these representatives of the importance of a focus on greenhouse gases and the urgency for action.

2018

The most important action that we can undertake as the 2018 session is over is support and elect candidates for the House and Senate who are strongly committed to ensuring that the strongest possible greenhouse gas emissions reduction policy is enacted.
For information on candidates, visit http://socan.eco/forum
As it became evident that Clean Energy Jobs would not pass this session in its current form (too complicated, and too little time was the whine – but that, of course, was for those apparently not even reading).
So, Speaker Kotek and some House proponents cooked up a proposal – known as Amendment 12, a ‘gut and stuff’ proposal which would have replaced the language of CEJ with a shorter bill that:
a)  codified the goal of CEJ as 80% reduction from 1990 emissions level by 2050 (rather than the 70% in the voluntary 2007 bill), and
b)  stated that if the legislature fails to pass a cap and invest in 2019, the EQC / DEQ would be empowered to do it.
The purpose of this, seemingly, was to simplify the bill but make a commitment to act in 2019. Interestingly, this would have made the 2018 CEJ similar to the 2015 bill (HB3470) which was specifically written to assign rule-making to DEQ so the bill itself was not too complicated.  It simply capped emissions without explicitly raising revenue.  This amendment proposal, however, enjoyed no more support than CEJ itself and was never voted on in the House Rules Committee, leaving the two CEJ bills (HB 4001/ SB1507) to die as the session ended.
However, as the session ended w/o any Progress for cej, the Governor, House Speaker Kotek, and Senate President Courtney agreed that a cap and invest bill will pass in 2019. Indeed, Kotek and Courtney will co-chair a committee to polish the bill up for next session – so this looks more promising on the Senate side than we have ever seen.  They key element in the plan is that implementation will still be scheduled for 2021 so activation will not be delayed.  This, of course, assumes Governor re-election and Democratic majorities remain in House and Senate; we hope expanded to allow super-majorities which could circumvent the 3/5ths majority demand that will be forthcoming if the bill passes but a 3/5th vote is not achieved.
In short, not what we had hoped, but a step forward assuming all the leaders remain committed.
Of course, the fact the legislature closed up a week ahead of schedule left us with little confidence in  the ‘too complicated / too little time’ complaint.

The SOCAN Delegation at the Rally with Banners

Lobby day and Rally for Clean Energy Jobs in Salem:

SOCAN Delegation visiting Representative Pam Marsh on February 12th 2018

Monday, February 12, 2018  A delegation of twenty six Southern Oregonians joined the statewide effort to Rally (over 400 Oregonians – the largest such event in recent memory) and Lobby in Salem in support of the Clean Energy Jobs proposals.  We visited SOCAN Board member Representative Pam Marsh (House District 5), a champion of the House legislation (HB4001) and member of the House Committee on Energy and Environment that was reviewing the bill.  We also visited Senator Alan DeBoer, an opponent of the Senate proposal (SB1507).  SOCAN is purchasing carbon offsets to compensate for the greenhouse gas emissions resulting from the excursion. A two-page summary of the two bills is linked below as are the bills themselves.  The bills were recommended out of their respective committees (House Committee on Energy and Environment, Senate Committee on

SOCAN Delegation visiting Senator Alan DeBoer, February 12, 2018

Environment and Natural Resources) on February 14th, beating by one day the Thursday (15th) deadline by which they had to be recommended if any action can occur this session. Each was remanded to that chamber’s Rules Committee. It is now time to contact members of those committees to urge support.  While the House Leadership is solidly on board in support of action, the Senate President Peter Courtney remains an obstacle.

SOCAN Comments to Senator DeBoer following Lobby meeting: Senator DeBoer Lobby Day Comments 2018

Contact Local Reps

URGENT:  Big bucks are flowing in from fossil fuel corporations across the nation to defeat this bill based on lies.

To contact local representatives and urge support, visit: CEJ Local Rep contacts;

Request Support

House and Senate Rules Committees and Senate leadership contacts

Submit Testimony

Contact information for members of the House Energy and Environment and Senate Environment and Natural Resources Committees

Alan Journet’s CEJ testimony Feb 2018

Letters to the Editor

For Letter to Editor tips and contacts, visit our Media Page.

Bill Updates

Clean Energy Jobs Bills 2018 with amendments.  A two page summary indicating proposed changes developed from the series of Working Group discussions of the bill – adjustments in red (see above for SB 1070 summary).  The proposal comprises two bills – a House Bill designated HB4001, and a Senate Bill, designated SB1507.  They are different only in minor details.

Updated Clean Energy Jobs Bill The complete 2017 SB1070 bill as amended before the 2018 sessions bills were developed (see below for later versions).

LC0176 = HB 4001 DRAFT_2018_Regular_Session Draft of bill introduced into the Oregon House for 2018.

LC044 = SB 1507 DRAFT_2018_Regular_Session Draft of bill introduced into the Oregon Senate for 2018.

CEJ Working Group Recommendations 12 20 17 Recommendations for adjustments to SB 1070 (2017 Session) for 2018 Session.

FAQ 2018 Clean Energy Jobs a ten-page set of responses to commonly-asked questions. Information sheet (print version)

List of potentially regulated entities A list provided by Oregon Department of Environmental Quality of the entities liable for the emissions compliance requirement.

SB1070 2017, Clean Energy Jobs Bill Summary of 2018 proposals A two-page summary of the 2017 session bill developed by Alan Journet

Busting the myths in the opponents’ campaign of lies and misinformation: an analysis by Oil Check Oregon.

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

Guest Opinion: Clean energy would strengthen Oregon rural communities. Column by  Merten Bangemann-Johnsonappearing in the Medford Mail Tribune, January 7th 2018

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.’

Oregon’s Clean Energy Jobs Bill:  What to know for the 2018 Session A Union of Concerned Scientists (December 2017) webinar on the principles of pricing climate pollution and the Clean Energy Jobs Bill.

 

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, now has new numbers since two bills have been introduced following the analysis of the Work Group session reports (see below for titles) from fall 2017.  At the end of 2017, SB1070 enjoyed 42 sponsors/supporters, 29 in the House and 13 in the Senate. Regrettably these are all Democrats.  Climate science is a non-partisan issue; we hope Oregon can show how this should 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). Report to a joint meeting of the House Energy and Environment Committee and the Senate Environment and Natural Resources Committee by Department of Environmental Quality Director Richard Whitman and by chairs of the Work Groups can be found here. The proposed amendments to SB1070 have been released, for a summary indicating how these adjust the bill, see the two-page updated summary.

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. The Democratic Party of Oregon, at its Quarterly meeting in Portland November 18/19 2017 passed a resolution of endorsement for the Clean Energy Jobs Bill, with encouragement to the legislature to pass the bill in 2018.

SOCAN Government Group

The SOCAN Government Group is working on the following 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.