HB2020 – Establishing the Oregon Climate Action Program
formerly the Clean Energy Jobs Bill
Actions to Promote Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Legislation in Oregon
Written comments to members of the Legislative Joint Committee on Carbon Reduction
|Contact your State Representatives, Legislative Leaders, and Joint Committee members to support the legislation|
Identify area groups for delivering a presentation
|Write a letter to the editor (LTE) in support of the bill||
Talk to friends, family and others about the legislation
2019 HB2020 Bill – The Oregon Climate Action Program (formerly known as Clean Energy Jobs)
April 20th Update: The bill is undergoing its second round of amendment considerations by the Joint Committee on Carbon Reduction. From this committee a second omnibus amendment will likely be produced – within the next few days. It is anticipated / hoped that the bill will emerge from the Joint Committee with a ‘Do Pass’ recommendation though regrettably this will likely be a party line vote. The bill will then move to the Joint Committee on Ways and Means from which it must emerge with a ‘Do Pass’ recommendation. Thence it will move to the floor of each chamber. When it moves to Joint Ways and Means, we should start contacting members of that committee to urge support (Contact Information).
During February 2019, a series of Hearings was held around the state during which testimony was received by the committee. This has been reviewed and turned into an omnibus amendment HB2020-31 that essentially replaces the original bill.
To download the complete first omnibus amendment, visit here: HB2020-31 omnibus amendment.
For an 18-page summary of the new bill from the Governor’s Carbon Policy Office, visit here: HB220-31 Amendment section-by-section CPO
For a two-page summary of the changes in the omnibus amendment prepared by Renew Oregon, visit here: HB 2020 Two-Pager on HB2020-31 Amendment March 25 2019
For Discussion of the original Bill
HB 2020 Bill released Jan 31, 2019. Draft of Oregon Climate Action Program bill
HB 2020 2019 2-page Oregon Climate Action Program (2-page summary by Alan Journet)
HB 2020 2019 Oregon Climate Action Proposal Section-by-section notes on bill by Alan Journet
The proposed Oregon Climate Action Program will regulate entities responsible annually for over 25,000 tons of carbon dioxide equivalent regulated emissions. This means emissions currently reported to the Department of Environmental Quality. The list comprises 90 entities of which 23 are designated as potential Emissions Intensive – Trade Exposed companies (EI – TE) that will receive free allowance in the first year (2021) calculated on the basis of emissions per good manufactured, with the number of allowances reducing annually as the cap lowers.
Of the 90 listed, only Dry Creek Landfill is in Jackson County, only Gas Transmission Northwest (a pipeline) is in Klamath County, and none is in Josephine or Curry Counties. However, if the Dry Creek Landfill emissions are Methane emissions that are demonstrated to have been recaptured and used for the generation of renewable energy, including but not limited to electricity, transportation fuels or heat, they will be exempt (Section 10).
Points to Make in Committee Testimony and Letters
HB2020 Points to Make in oral / written testimony from Alan Journet (SOCAN), and Renew Oregon
A response to the claims of HB 2020 opponents, by Alan Journet, Medford Mail Tribune March 3rd 2019
Economic Analysis of HB2020:
David Roland-Holst, Samuel Evans, Samuel Neal, and Drew Behnke, 2019 : Economic Benefits of Cap and Trade Will Outweigh the Costs In Oregon. An economic analysis of Oregon’s Cap-and-Trade Program (HB2020).
District-By-District Clean Energy Jobs in OregonSee The Economic Benefits of Oregon’s Climate Policies in Your District; Senate District 3
Despite a population of just 4 million, Oregon’s clean energy economy ranks 14th in solar jobs and in the top 21 in energy efficiency, wind energy, clean fuels, grid and storage, renewable energy, and total clean energy jobs.
Policy Outcomes Statement
Policy Outcomes Statement developed by Statewide Coalition of Grassroots Climate Activist Organizations as a set of principles against which the bill will be measured.
History of Oregon’s 2019 Climate Action Program (Clean Energy Jobs)
As the 2018 Oregon Legislative Session drew to a close, Senate President (Peter Courtney), House Speaker (Tina Kotek) and Governor Kate Brown agreed to make passage of a meaningful greenhouse gas emissions reduction policy for Oregon a high priority for the 2019 Legislative Session. As a result, Governor Brown established a Governor’s Advisory Carbon Policy Office. Former Oregon Climate Solutions Director and one our climate coalitions strongest activists, Kristen Sheeran Ph.D. was appointed Director of this office.
Meanwhile, Speaker Kotek and President Courtney established the House/Senate Joint Interim Committee on Carbon Reduction to develop legislation that would achieve meaningful reductions. Titled an Interim Committee because it met monthly between sessions with Speaker Kotek and President Courtney as Co-Chairs, the committee is now simply the Joint Committee on Carbon Reduction (membership and contact list) as the Speaker and President have withdrawn to manage their respective chambers. Senator Michael Dembrow and Representative Karen Power are now co-chairs, with Kotek and Courtney being replaced respectively on the committee by House District 5 Representative Pam Marsh, and District 3 Senator Jeff Golden. Thus Southern Oregon is well-represented with two champions for meaningful legislation that does not exclude the Jordan Cove LNG Export facility and Pacific Connector Natural Gas Pipeline from coverage by the bill.
With the commitment on the part of the Governor and House and Senate leadership that a bill will pass in 2019, the Statewide Coalition of Grassroots Climate Activist Organizations led by Renew Oregon and partnered by representatives from social justice /equity organizations and labor, developed a set of Policy Outcomes representing the principles that we wish to see incorporated in the bill and by which we will judge the bill when it appears. Note that this document does not focus on carbon or decarbonization but on greenhouse gases and their elimination. Carbon dioxide is only mentioned in connection with its sequestration in natural and working lands. This language is consistent with the 2105 Paris Agreement, which is all about greenhouse gases and only mentions carbon appropriately in connection with forest management. The reason for this is that a focus on carbon (dioxide) gives nitrous oxide (one of the top three culprit gases) a free pass, and undervalues the impact of other carbon-containing gases (such as methane and the fluorocarbons) which are more potent than carbon dioxide. The potential consequence of this is that the program (if it focuses on carbon (dioxide) will encourage coal-fired power plants and oil-powered vehicles to switch to natural gas. And because of the fugitive emissions of natural gas from fracking, through processing and transmission, are sufficiently large, such a conversion may produce a global warming problem as bad as, or worse, than, previously.
Video of the SOCAN PPT presentation on the legislation from the January 29th SOCAN General meeting
Acknowledgement: Bella Tibbetts
2019 Clean Energy Jobs Coalition Policy Outcomes: Summarized by Alan Journet
Oregon Climate Impacts: 2019 is The Year for Bold Climate Legislation An excellent discussion of Oregon’s history and the proposal from Juan Declet-Barreto, Climate Scientist with the Union of Concerned Scientists.
The Joint Committee
The First Meeting was held on May 22, 2018. This was an informational Hearing lasting app two and a half house. Video (2 hr 27 min) is available to download here. Scroll down to Recent Archives and look for the date – May 22nd Joint Committee on Carbon Reduction, click and follow directions. Presentations are:
Baseline Facts of Climate Change
Phil Mote, Director, Oregon Climate Change Research Institute
Understanding Oregon’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions – History, Trends, and What Oregon is Already Doing
Richard Whitman, Director, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality
Carbon Reduction Policy Options for Oregon
Dallas Burtraw, Darius Gaskins Senior Fellow, Resources for the Future
Second Meeting, June 26th, an informational meeting with invited speakers, video (2 hr 26 min) available here.
- Questions and Follow-Up Discussion of Carbon Reduction Policy Options for Oregon
Dallas Burtraw, Darius Gaskins Senior Fellow, Resources for the Future (via telephone)
- Status Report from the Carbon Policy Office
Kristen Sheeran, Energy and Climate Change Policy Advisor to Governor Kate Brown; Director, Carbon Policy Office
- Forest Carbon Sequestration
Peter Daugherty, State Forester, Oregon Department of Forestry
Third Meeting, July 24th an informational meeting with invited speakers, video (3 Hr 13 min) available here: Sequestration and Adaptation on Working Lands
Catherine Macdonald, Director of Policy & External Affairs, The Nature Conservancy
David Ford, Woodland Committee, American Forest Foundation; President and CEO, L&C Carbon, LLC
Brian Kittler, Director, Western Regional Office, Pinchot Institute
Peter Ruggiero, Professor, College of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences, Oregon State University
Bill Ryan, Deputy Director for Operations, Department of State Lands
Laura Brophy, Director, Estuary Technical Group, Institute for Applied Ecology; Courtesy Faculty, Marine Resource Management Program, College of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences, Oregon State University
Cory Owens, State Soil Scientist, Natural Resources Conservation Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture
Nick Sirovatka, Agronomist, Natural Resources Conservation Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture
Tony Svejcar, Professor – Senior Research, Eastern Oregon Agricultural Research Center, Oregon State University.