Oregon carbon-reduction bill: The cost of inaction is too high

Guest Column by Michael Dembrow, Portland Tribune, February 10, 2020

In January 2017, the Legislature received its biennial report from the Oregon Climate Change Research Institute. The Institute, based at Oregon State University and assembling the state’s top climate scientists, was created by the Legislature to report on the best science around the world regarding climate change. What they told us was sobering: the ravages of climate change were occurring even faster than expected, and our state’s carbon reduction goals were no longer adequate.

Then a week later we learned from the Oregon Global Warming Commission that we weren’t on track to meet even those inadequate goals.

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