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
Stories 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.
- 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