Oregon Governor Appoints Global Warming Commission and Outlines Climate Change Agenda

January 28, 2008

Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski has made appointments to the Oregon Global Warming Commission, a 25-member advisory group created by the 2007 legislature. The commission will develop recommendations for policy makers for the 2009 legislative session that will build on Oregon’s efforts to reduce climate change.

The Global Warming Commission will work with Oregon's Climate Change Integration Group, which will soon release a report on how the state is adapting to climate change. The final report, along with the commission's work, will be key in developing a climate change package for the 2009 legislative session. The package will focus on protecting the climate and developing Oregon’s "green economy" to bring new companies and jobs to the state.

Key elements of the 2009 climate change agenda include:

  • Development of a cap-and-trade proposal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the region
  • A comprehensive water package to address reduced snowpack that causes low water levels in the summer
  • Aggressive steps for energy efficiency and the development of green building, a "green collar" workforce, and electric cars
  • Resources for state and local agencies to integrate climate change policy and analyze impacts of climate change on the state's water, forest, coastal, and transportation resources.

Kulongoski said that global warming "is already threatening Oregon’s economic prosperity and quality of life. Dealing with global warming is not just a moral imperative, it’s an economic imperative. Oregon’s efforts to attract companies that are focused on climate change benefits not only the environment but also our goal to create a business climate ideal for investment in renewable and clean energy technologies."

For more information, see the governor's January 24 press release.

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