Forum on Carbon Tax for Oregon

bluegreen allianceGlobal Warming news just in: The Oregon BlueGreen Apollo Alliance forum on a proposed carbon tax for Oregon is at 6 p.m. tonight, Tuesday, Nov. 5, at the Oregon Labor Law Center, 3645 SE 32nd Ave., Portland.

The topic is more timely than ever — just this past Monday, the Governors of Oregon, Washington and California and the Premier of British Columbia announced an Action Plan for the four jurisdictions that will “account for the costs of carbon pollution and that, where appropriate and feasible, will link programs to create consistency and predictability across the region of 53 million people.” Speaking at a press conference convened by the Pacific Coast Collaborative, Governor Kitzhaber said that “Oregon supports the Action Plan because we are already seeing how our commitment to clean energy is changing the face and fortune of our state, accounting for $5 billion in economic activity and 58,000 jobs…. The debate is over. The scientific community no longer disputes that climate change is happening and human-caused. But regardless of where you stand on this question, there’s another good reason to act: transitioning to a clean economy creates jobs.”

Our forum will explore how the proposed carbon tax in Oregon can best be crafted to create those good jobs that the Governor talked about. We’ll hear from folks with a variety of perspectives:

  • Representative Jules Bailey, who introduced one of two carbon tax proposals during the 2013 legislative session
  • Irene Lanzinger Secretary-Treasurer of the British Columbia Federation of Labour
  • Jana Gastellum, Climate Protection Program Director, Oregon Environmental Council
  • John Mohlis, Executive Secretary of the Oregon State Building and Construction Trades Council

We’ll hear an overview of what’s happened so far legislatively and what is likely to come forward in 2015, we’ll learn from labor’s perspective on BC’s carbon tax program, and we’ll hear from Oregon’s environmental and labor communities about their interests and concerns. This event is pitched at folks who do not yet have a deep understanding of the carbon tax idea, but who are interested in learning more and helping shape eventual legislation.