LETTER: Clean Energy Jobs bill had too many negatives
I want to publicly give my heartfelt thanks to Sen. Laurie Monnes Anderson, D-Gresham, Sen. Betsy Johnson, D-Scappoose, and Sen. Arnie Roblan, D-Coos Bay, for standing up for their districts over their party in the last legislative session.
Surely they knew that there would be a political cost for their principled effort. I am confident that these three senators can support making substantive changes to reduce fossil fuel use, but it must be done in a way that doesn't send employers and jobs out of state.
These senators should be commended for their honorable service to their constituents. I believe they saved Oregon from the massive unintended consequences of HB 2020. With over 100 amendments, it was clear that HB 2020 had many problems.
Even though some industries were able to get some relief, it was obvious that large increases in energy costs would negatively impact all Oregonians. Fuel prices would likely rise over 20 cents per gallon in the first year of implementation, and only get worse each year as the supply of carbon credits shrinks. It is understandable that so many businesses were considering leaving Oregon if HB 2020 passed.
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