Oregon Capitol in spring
photo by Oregon Department of Transportation
Your advocacy is working!

Last week, the co-chairs of the Oregon legislative committee considering the Clean Energy Jobs bill introduced an amendment that significantly strengthens the program.

Legislators heard loud and clear that you want a strong climate program in Oregon to cap climate pollution from the largest emitters and invest in our communities. At the same time, other amendments are being introduced – some of which will try to weaken the bill - so your help is still needed to make sure the strongest bill possible is sent to the floor for a vote. 

The bill with the -31 amendment would:

  • Remove exemptions to hold the largest polluters in all sectors accountable.
  • Allocate half of the investments to benefit those most impacted by climate change, including communities of color, Tribes, rural communities, and low-income families.
  • Maintain a strong and declining cap, with mandatory emissions reduction targets for 2035 and 2050.

Please email the committee to let them know you want a strong climate program.

They need to know that we have their backs to hold all large polluters accountable and to benefit the communities most impacted by climate change so everyone can participate in the clean energy economy. After more than 10 years developing this climate program, it’s time for Oregon to take a leading role in addressing the climate crisis.

Please let legislators know it’s time to adopt the -31 amendment and pass the Clean Energy Jobs bill.

Author Bio

Zach Baker

former Oregon Policy Manager, Climate Solutions

Zach works to advance policies that address climate change and accelerate the transition to clean energy in Oregon. 

Zach brings to his work over a decade of policy and advocacy experience focused on protecting the environment and promoting public health.  His experience spans the local, state, and federal policy levels and he has served in a variety of capacities, including serving as a City Councilor in Corvallis, Oregon.  Immediately prior to joining Climate Solutions, Zach worked with the Center for Climate Change and Health to launch a national initiative to engage health professionals in state climate change policy. 

Zach holds a law degree from the University of Oregon with a focus in Environmental and Natural Resources Law and a BA from Tufts University in political science and community health. 

When he’s not advocating for climate policies, Zach enjoys riding his bike, hiking a trail, and enjoying Oregon’s agricultural bounty.

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