Cap and Trade legislation was poised for passage in the Oregon Legislature in both 2019 and 2020, but both times Republicans walked out preventing a quorum for the two-thirds vote required. Both bills (SB 1580 in 2020 and  HB 2020 in 2019) were modeled after California’s system and would allow the possibility of trading with California through the Western Climate Initiative.

In defiance of the Republicans, on March 10, 2020, Governor Kate Brown issued an executive order with a variety of directives related to climate including a “cap and reduce” program for stationary sources, transportation fuels, and natural gas.

Last updated March 10, 2020