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Climate change and sustainability

Oregon's natural environment is not only beautiful, it is essential to our economy and quality of life. When Oregon's environment is healthy and strong, so is our collective future. Climate change poses one of the most significant threats to Oregon’s economy, environment, and way of life. Winters are becoming more unpredictable, and summers hotter. Snow packs are shrinking and unseasonably warm temperatures are leading to rapid spring melts, depleting Oregon’s supply of summer water for agriculture and reducing stream flows that impact wildlife, recreation, and commerce. Storms and forest fires are becoming more severe while the risk of coastal flooding is increasing.

Governor Kate Brown signing bill  

These impacts affect all Oregonians, but hit low-income communities, communities of color, and rural communities the hardest. Mitigating the impacts of climate change and achieving Oregon’s greenhouse gas reduction goals, while creating 21st-century, clean energy jobs are key priorities for Governor Brown. Oregon has led the way in climate action while also growing the economy and attracting clean energy and technology industry employers to the state.

About 80% of Oregon’s greenhouse gas emissions come from the type of energy used every day to power homes, cars, and businesses. In order to curtail climate change, Oregon must set the path to a clean energy future. Governor Brown is focused on meaningfully reducing greenhouse gas emissions to combat climate change while keeping energy reliable and costs affordable to benefit Oregonians and the state economy. Oregon can, and will, reduce greenhouse gas emissions in a way that strengthens communities across the state and bolsters the economy.