(NewsReady.com) – For better or worse, the Pacific Northwest is notoriously eco-friendly. While taking good care of the environment is something many people agree with, sometimes liberal legislators go overboard with enforcing those sorts of policies. Case in point, Oregon Governor Kate Brown may have gone too far with the state’s newest regulations to combat climate change.
I’m proud to be leading the charge of states taking action on climate change. This is crucial and urgent to protect the Oregon we know and love for generations to come.https://t.co/8HbXlzMEBR
— Governor Kate Brown (@OregonGovBrown) March 11, 2020
This week, Brown mandated Oregon to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by having a state agency implement and enforce new caps on pollution.
Brown’s executive order targeted the Industry and transportation fuel emissions, specifically. In total, the order calls for Oregon to reduce them to 45% below the levels seen in 1990, and it must happen before 2035. Additionally, by 2050, the state must reach an overall 80% reduction based on that same 1990 value.
Lowering even a single state’s emission levels by such a substantial amount will have profound economic impacts.
State Republicans are voicing their concerns about the new order. They even staged a walkout to prevent a similar climate bill from passing the state’s government earlier this year. It seems that wasn’t enough to keep Oregon’s climate change agenda from being enforced.
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