Climate Protection Program
Raise your voice! Speak your mind!
Oregon is about to require a cap on carbon, but the proposed rules are very weak.
We must have ambitious, economy-wide and equitable carbon reduction policies.
We need you to tell DEQ what we, as Oregonians, expect.
NEW! Send a comment to the DEQ via one of our FAST RESPONSE forms!
Listen to the two Beyond Toxics podcasts on the Climate Protection Program!
We’re at a crucial time in history to create real change and avoid the worst impacts of the climate crisis. Unfortunately, the draft Climate Protection Program from Oregon's Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) misses the mark. Oregonians have until October 4th to send their comments and tell DEQ that the rules need to be strengthened before these rules are finalized and have the force of law.
There are five big policy pieces missing from the proposed rules:
WE BELIEVE THE RULES MUST:
Hold industrial polluters accountable
Protect “downwind” (vulnerable) communities
Regulate new greenhouse gas polluting facilities that might locate in Oregon, i.e., massive data centers
Include carbon sequestration in the Climate Protection Program rules
Verify the value and benefit of offsets
The Climate Protection Program rules must be equitable. Communities of color, rural communities and low-income Oregonians are disproportionately affected by pollution and the climate crisis. Right now, the rules include lip service about equity but no data collection, tracking or enforcement to ensure the benefits reach impacted communities. So how will we know if the rules help or hurt? We can’t depend on emitters to value public health over their bottom lines – we need our regulators to protect our health and environment.
We have created FAST Response Forms for each of the critical areas of concern (clicking on each link opens a new page):
You can also send your comment directly to: GHGCR2021@deq.state.or.us
Include: “Rulemaking Comment” in your subject line
To: Dept. of Environmental Quality Office of Greenhouse Gas Programs
Deadline: October 4th at 4 p.m.
WHAT: Public hearing #2: hosted by EQC
WHEN: Sept. 30, 2021, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. PT
DEQ staff will present a short overview of the draft Climate Protection Program rules. Afterward, the Environmental Quality Commission will accept public comment specific to the proposal. Meeting agenda and instructions are available here.
How to join: Join via Zoom
Meeting ID: 812 5093 5766
Join by phone: 833-548-0276
Pre-register to provide comment
Pre-registration for commenting at the hearing is available, and the commission will also reserve time for same-day sign-ups.
To pre-register to present comment, please email Stephanie Caldera by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, September 28. All pre-registrations will be confirmed by email by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, September 29.
NOTE: Pre-registration for the 4:15-5 p.m. time slot is full at this time. Pre-registration is still available for the 5:45-6:30 p.m. time slot.
NOTE: Due to the limited amount of speaking time, the DEQ asks that each commenter make oral comment at only one hearing and limit their oral comment to two minutes.