SALEM, Ore. — Dueling press releases flew out today after a pair of clean energy-advocating bills in the Oregon House and Senate passed out of committee. House Bill 4001 and Senate Bill 1507 both address climate change concerns by recommending caps on greenhouse gas emissions, among other measures to promote compliance from companies.
A statement from the office of state Senator Alan Olsen (R-Canby) called the Senate Bill a "'tax and job loss'" measure, which would lead to job losses in "manufacturing, agriculture, and other industries." The statement also said that actual reduction in CO2 emissions would "'be miniscule.'"
An opposing statement from Renew Oregon, a clean energy advocacy coalition, touted the passage of both bills as a step in the right direction. "'Oregonians want climate action,'" said Tera Hurst, Renew Oregon's Executive Director, "'It's time to act.'"
HB 4001 passed out of the Oregon House Committee on Energy and Environment, while SB 1507 passed out of the Oregon Senate Committee on Environment and Natural Resources. Both bills will now approach debate on the floors of the Oregon House and Senate.