Oregon Climate Action Program

Actions to Promote Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Legislation in Oregon

2019 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

2019 HB2020 PotentiallyRegulatedEntities_OCAP  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 from 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).

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).

Actions you can take

Attend the Medford Hearing of the Legislative Joint Committee on Carbon Reduction at Central Medford High School, Saturday February 23rd 9:00 – noon
The evil forces for planetary destruction will be there in numbers. See below for testimony tips


Contact your State Representatives, Legislative Leaders, and Joint Committee members  to support the legislation

Contact Information

Identify area groups for delivering a presentation

email Christine

Volunteer to make a presentation

email Christine

Write a letter to the editor in support of the bill

Letter information       Help with writing

Talk to friends, family and others about the legislation

Policy Outcomes Statement

Developed by Statewide Coalition of Grassroots Climate Activist Organizations as a set of principles against which the bill will be measured

HB 2020 Statewide Public Hearings Info for Writing Testimony Testimony and LTE tips

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.

Additional Information

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

SB1507-Clean Energy Jobs Bill 2018  The Bill from 2018

Two-Page Summary of 2018  SB1507A Engrossed Clean Energy Jobs Bill Alan Journet June 2018

Concerns Regarding CEJ 2018  Concerns about the 2018 version of Clean Energy Jobs by Alan Journet November 2018

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.

District-By-District Clean Energy Jobs in Oregon See The Economic Benefits of Oregon’s Climate Policies in Your District;  Senate District 3

The Joint Committee membership comprises:

Senate (D = Democrat; R = Republican):
Co-Chair: Michael Dembrow (D): SD 23 NE/SE Portland, Clean Energy Jobs champion and chair of Senate Committee on Environment and Natural Resources. –  Sen.MichaelDembrow@oregonlegislature.gov  503-986-1723.
Lee Beyer (D): SD 6 Eugene/Springfield – Sen.LeeBeyer@oregonlegislature.gov 503-986-1706.
Elizabeth Steiner Hayward (D): SWNW Portland – Sen.ElizabethSteinerHayward@oregonlegislature.gov,
Jeff Golden (D) SD 3 Jackson County – Sen.JeffGolden@oregonlegislature.gov 503-986-1703

Co Vice-Chair: Cliff Bentz (R): SD 30 Eastern Oregon – Sen.CliffBentz@oregonlegislature.gov 503-986-1730
Alan Olsen (R): SD 20 Canby, Gladstone, Sandy, a staunch opponent of legislation to address greenhouse gases – Sen.AlanOlsen@oregonlegislature.gov  503-986-1720.
Fred Girod (R): SD 9 Stayton – Sen.FredGirod@oregonlegislature.gov 503-986-1709.

House (D = Democrat; R = Republican):
Co-Chair: Karin Power (D): HD 41 SE Portland, Milwaukie – Rep.KarinPower@oregonlegislature.gov 503-986-1441.
Ken Helm (D): HD 34 Beaverton, Clean Energy Jobs champion and Chair of the House Committee on Energy and Environment – Rep.KenHelm@oregonlegislature.gov 503-986-1434.
John Lively (D): HD 12 Springfield – Rep.JohnLively@oregonlegislature.gov 503-986-1412.
Pam Marshgh (D) HD5 S. Jackson County – Rep.PamMarsh@oregonlegislature.gov 503-986-1405

Co Vice-Chair: David Brock Smith (R): HD 1 South Coast – Rep.DavidBrockSmith@oregonlegislature.gov
Werner Reshke (R): HD 56 Klamath Falls – Rep.EWernerReschke@oregonlegislature.gov 503-986-1456.
Richard Vial (R): HD 26 Wilsonville, Sherwood, Scholls – Rep.RichVial@oregonlegislature.gov 503-986-1426.


The First Meeting was held on May 22nd. 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 hereSequestration and Adaptation on Working Lands

  • Overview
    Catherine Macdonald, Director of Policy & External Affairs, The Nature Conservancy
  • Forestry
    David Ford, Woodland Committee, American Forest Foundation; President and CEO, L&C Carbon, LLC
    Brian Kittler, Director, Western Regional Office, Pinchot Institute
  • Wetlands/Coastal
    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
  • Agriculture
    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
  • Rangeland
    Tony Svejcar, Professor – Senior Research, Eastern Oregon Agricultural Research Center, Oregon State University.