The remote public hearing of the Joint Committee on Carbon Reduction set for Monday, Feb. 25, has been moved to the Baker County Fairgrounds. The hearing, which was originally slated to be hosted at the headquarters of Oregon Trail Electric Cooperative, is scheduled for 5PM.

The public hearing is a remote hearing with testimony being offered from Baker City and Newport. The joint committee is hosting four public hearings around the state—in Springfield, Medford, The Dalles and Bend — where Oregonians will be able to voice their opinions and ask questions about the bill.

“We highly encourage OTEC’s member-owners come and make their voices heard at the hearing,” said Andrew Cutler, OTEC’s manager of communications and public relations. “Arrive a little early, if you would like to get on the list to speak.”

Oregon lawmakers have formally introduced a proposed cap-and-trade bill to address greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions during the current legislative session. House Bill 2020, introduced by the Joint Committee on Carbon Reduction, would make Oregon the second state in the nation to adopt an economy-wide cap-and-trade system to regulate GHG emissions. HB 2020 builds upon the Clean Energy Jobs bill, an earlier version of cap-and-trade legislation that was considered in both chambers but failed to pass during last session.

Senator Cliff Bentz (R-Ontario), the Co-Vice Chair of the Joint Carbon Reduction Committee, is encouraging the public to attend this remote video hearing of Oregon carbon pricing in Baker City. “This bill, as currently drafted, will cost Oregonians, over the next thirty years, millions upon millions if not billions of dollars,” Bentz says.

Senator further stated: “It is anticipated that on the effective date of this bill, gasoline and diesel will increase in price by 15 cents per gallon, that natural gas will go up by 80 cents per thousand cubic feet, and that electrical prices will also be affected. The bill is designed to reduce the number of allowances issued each year, in the early years of the program, by about 5 percent, and thus it is likely that gas, diesel, natural gas and electrical prices will continue to go up. I strongly encourage everyone to attend one of the meetings, or to email their thoughts, concerns, or their opposition to, or support of, this bill to the Joint Carbon Committee.”

More information on HB 2020 can be found on the Oregon Legislative Information System (OLIS) at: https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2019R1/Measures/Overview/HB2020

To submit written testimony to be included in the public record for HB 2020, email a Word or PDF document to: jccr.exhibits@oregonlegislature.gov