Climate Protection Program
Raise your voice! Speak your mind!
DEADLINE TO COMMENT EXTENDED TO OCT. 25TH!
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.
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.
You can 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.