LERC: The Climate Policy Debate in Oregon

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Searching for Consensus:  The Climate Policy Debate in Oregon

  • Friday & Saturday, September 19-20, 2014
  • U of O, Portland:  White Stag Building
  • 70 NW Couch Street, Portland

LERC-logo-01Stories about climate disasters dominate the news, but policymakers are still wrestling with proposals for addressing the problem. This year, the Governors of California, Oregon and Washington, and the Pre- mier of British Columbia, issued a joint statement on the need to combat climate change and promote clean energy. California and British Columbia have mechanisms in place, but methods of “putting a price on carbon” are only now being studied and debated in Oregon.

The merits of a carbon tax or cap-and-trade system are being debated not only among elected officials, but also within labor, environmental, low-income and other organizations; so far, a consensus has proved elusive. Come to this seminar where we will work to develop a common understanding of the problem, a realistic grasp of the policy options, and agreement on provisions that will meet the needs of a broad group of stakeholders.

Speakers Include:

  • Angela Crowley-Koch, Legislative Director, Oregon Environmental Council
  • Elana Pirtle-Guiney, Legislative Director, Oregon AFL-CIO
  • Matt Horne, Pembina Institute, Associate Regional Director for British Columbia
  • Faculty from the Labor Education & Research Center and Academic Extension Program, University of Oregon, and from the Oregon Environmental Council

For more information, contact the Labor Education and Research Center in Portland:  503-412-3723 or bbyrd@uoregon.edu.  Click [ HERE ] to download the event brochure.

 

Website:  lerc.uoregon.edu