Guest Column by Louise Shawkat, Medford Mail Tribune / Ashland Daily Tidings, October 20, 2019
During Oregon’s last legislative session we had a climate bill that was good for our rural citizens: HB2020. This was a cap, trade and invest bill. The cap is necessary to limit the amount of pollution. The trade is to create markets that provide incentives for reduction, and the investment is to create structure that promote solutions like alternative energy research and development, social justice, green jobs and carbon sequestration and storage.