Large Majority of Oregonians Support Cap and Invest

New poll shows 7 out of 10 voters favor a cap on carbon emissions.

Salem, Oregon

A poll of likely Oregon voters conducted by FM3 Research found that 7 in 10 Oregonians support a carbon pricing policy that would cap carbon emissions and raise revenues to invest in clean water and healthy forests. The survey shows support from both rural and urban voters and across income brackets -- signaling broad support from Oregonians for a cap- and-invest policy.

Catherine Macdonald, The Nature Conservancy’s Oregon director of climate policy commented that, “Putting a price on greenhouse gas emissions is an important part of a comprehensive approach to address climate change. The Cap and Invest proposal being considered in Oregon will ensure reduced emissions over time, give businesses options for meeting their caps and generate funds to invest in added climate mitigation and adaptation measures.”

Voters are increasingly concerned about climate change and the increased risk of wildfire it is causing in Oregon. In looking at the specifics of the policy, FM3 found that a majority of Oregon voters support a policy that holds all businesses that are large greenhouse gas emitters accountable. When specifically asked about a proposal to delay a cap on transportation fuels, a majority of voters said they preferred a policy that applies the cap and fee on oil companies now, even if it meant a small increase in fuel prices.

On the investment side, voters put the highest priority on investments that would reduce pollution in our rivers, safeguard water supplies by protecting and restoring forests, and reduce wildfire risks by improving forest health. Voters also supported investments in renewable energy, farmland water and energy efficiency, upgrading roads and bridges to strengthen against flooding and earthquakes, and increasing the use of renewable energy.

“The Oregon Global Warming Commission’s 2018 Report to the legislature made it clear that ‘the tangible effects of climate change are upon us,’” Macdonald said. “Oregonians are making progress toward a low-carbon future, but we are not on track to meet our emission reduction goals. It’s critical to pass a well-designed Cap and Invest program for Oregon in 2019.” 

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