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A Monday, Feb. 3, press conference coincides with the start of the 2020 Oregon Legislature.

PMG FILE PHOTO - Portland-area students rally in 2019 to encourage action to curb climate change.

Portland-area business leaders plan a press conference today, Monday, Feb. 3, to discuss their support for the Oregon Legislature's carbon-reduction plan known as cap-and-trade.

The 2020 Legislature convenes for the first time today.

"Climate change is the largest threat facing our planet, and Oregon is poised to pass the Greenhouse Gas Initiative bill to make our state a leader in the clean energy economy and climate protection," according to a press release from the business leaders, led by Oregon Business for Climate, whose members collectively employ more 30,000 Oregonians.

Members include Keith Wilson from Titan Freight; Tom Kelly of Neil Kelly; Kristofor Lofgren of Sustainable Restaurant Group; and Erik Wohlgemuth of Future 500. Business for a Better Portland and E2 also will sponsor the event.

"Together, they represent some of Oregon's most iconic businesses, all of whom support passing SB 1530 in the short session," according to this morning's press release. "With a cap-and-trade model, Oregon can reduce carbon emissions while growing our economy and creating more family-wage jobs."

The press conference is set for 11 to 11:30 a.m. Monday, Feb. 3, at Neil Kelly Co., 804 N. Alberta St. Portland.

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