Angus Duncan, 503-248-7695
SALEM — The Oregon Global Warming Commission this week submitted its biennial report to the Oregon legislature. This report demonstrates that Oregon has met its initial greenhouse-gas reduction goal, arrest the growth of emissions and begin reducing those emissions by 2010. It also provides an assessment of statewide progress on key actions the Commission recommended through its “Roadmap to 2020” process that charts a course for the State to meet its 2020 and 2050 emission reduction goals.
The report is available on the Commission’s website at http://www.keeporegoncool.org.
A summary of the progress made in key sectors relative to the “Roadmap to 2020” is included in the report, including areas that need to be addressed and progress grades. These grades show that while Oregon is making some progress, much more needs to be done, particularly in key energy and transportation areas.
The report provides greenhouse gas data for 2010 from multiple emissions tracking perspectives. Based on these data and the impacts of major policies in the future, Oregon appears to be in position to maintain a downward emission trajectory but is not on course to meet its future emission reduction goals.
Commission Chair Angus Duncan says there is still plenty of work ahead.
“The 2010 numbers show some progress and good for us,” Duncan said. “However, the work we have done is not good enough. We’ve done B- or C+ work when we really need to be striving for As.”
The Oregon Global Warming Commission is a 25-member advisory group created by the 2007 Legislature through House Bill 3543. Members were appointed and directed to develop long-term policy recommendations to prepare for, adapt to, and combat global warming.
Public comments can be submitted to the Commission at Oregon.GWC@state.or.us. Sign up for the “Oregon Climate Change News” listserv at www.orclimatechange.gov to hear about Global Warming Commission meetings and the state’s efforts to address climate change.
For more information on climate change activities in Oregon, visit the Oregon Department of Energy Climate Change Portal, www.orclimatechange.gov, and the Global Warming Commission’s website at www.keeporegoncool.org.
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