Thursday, March 8, 2007

Washington leads again with GHG legislation

The Washington state senate today introduced a greenhouse gas emissions reduction bill that calls for the state to revert to 1990 GHG levels by 2020. It comes just weeks after Washington Governor Christine Gregoire signed a five-state agreement to set clear GHG reduction targets and a market-based strategy to achieve them. Kulongoski also signed that agreement but we've seen no GHG legislation in Oregon yet. When will that happen? I've heard from the governor's office and environmental groups that it's in the works. And seeing that the city of Portland has already reached the goal set out by Washington state, I also wonder if the governor's legislation would go a step further to put Oregon in a leadership role for the region.

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