A fisherman on the Oregon Coast heads out into the bay.
Oregon Coast Fisherman A fisherman on the Oregon Coast heads out into the bay. © Padraic O'Meara

Newsroom | The Nature Conservancy

Statement from The Nature Conservancy on House Bill 2020 in Oregon

Portland, OR

The Nature Conservancy is disappointed that the Oregon Legislature did not pass House Bill 2020 during the 2019 legislative session but remains committed to seeing climate action in Oregon. The bill, a cap-and-invest policy, would put a declining limit and price on greenhouse gas emissions and invest funds generated by the program to further mitigate and adapt to the unavoidable impacts of climate change.

“Quitting is not an option,” said Jim Desmond, State Director for The Nature Conservancy in Oregon. “68 percent of Oregonians support this cap-and-invest policy and sent clear signals to their legislators that they want effective climate action now. We celebrate the legislative leaders who championed the bill and support Governor Brown’s continued commitment to enacting a cap-and-invest policy in Oregon. We will continue to work tirelessly alongside stakeholders from across the state, including members of the business community, foresters, farmers, ranchers, health professionals, labor unions, rural communities and tribal nations until smart, market-based legislation becomes law in Oregon. We are disappointed, but determined to see action on climate change.”

“Report after report, from the IPCC to the National Climate Assessment is clear -- we are running out of time to avoid the worst impacts of climate change,” said Lynn Scarlett, VP of Policy and Government Relations of The Nature Conservancy. “There is a growing chorus of voices from board rooms to living rooms across the country, demanding policy solutions, and acknowledging that a price on carbon is a key component of reducing emissions and meeting the climate challenge.”

“The fact that the bill did not pass during the 2019 legislative session is not indicative of the political viability of carbon pricing,” said Scarlett. “We will continue to work with stakeholders from every aspect of American life to promote effective climate solutions. Our future hangs in the balance, and we must act now to ensure that people and nature thrive.”

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