I'm writing today with an important request: please tell the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality of what you think about the Climate Protection Program rules!
The science is clear—we have less than a decade to cut greenhouse gas emissions in half to avoid catastrophic and irreversible climate impacts. Oregonians are already experiencing dangerous climate and health impacts as a result of fossil fuel use, with communities of color, low-income households, and rural communities bearing a disproportionate burden.
But Oregon has not done enough to lock in the pollution reductions that we know are needed to achieve these critical climate goals. Our state is still 19% short of meeting our 2020 emissions reduction target and does not have sufficient policies in place to put us on track to achieve President Biden’s nationally determined contribution (NDC) commitment to cut U.S. emissions in half from 2005 levels by 2030. Without additional policies and programs in place to slash these dangerous pollutants including greenhouse gas emissions, Oregon will continue to fall short – putting our lives and livelihoods at risk.
We need to increase our climate ambition, and we can’t afford to miss any opportunities to strengthen Oregon’s climate programs. The Climate Protection Program (CPP) is only the third regulation of its kind in the nation to place an enforceable, declining cap on climate-harming pollution from transportation and natural gas usage. This program is critical for holding polluters accountable, and we can’t accept any weakening of the CPP.
Tell the DEQ that the Climate Protection Program needs to be strengthened, not weakened! Click Here
Pa' tras ni pa tomar impulso (not one step backwards, not even to gain momentum),