The nation again looks to Oregon as her House and Senate Republicans have once more left the Capitol. Much to the same tune of the 2019 legislative session, they relied on the only tool in their toolbox as the super minority (denying quorum), to stop what they view as the single most destructive piece of legislation to ever pass through the capitol halls — cap-and-trade.
Proponents of the bill insisted it was the undeniable solution to what they describe as the impending climate crisis. The legislation aimed to cut Oregon’s carbon emissions to 45 percent below 1990 emissions levels by 2035 and 80 percent below by 2050. A pay-to-play scheme would have been created under which the governor’s office would be empowered to regulate the state’s emissions by selling carbon offset credits to the state’s largest emitters.
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