Action Alert! Climate Legislation: HB 2020-31 It’s Heating Up!

ACTION ALERT!  Climate Legislation:  HB 2020 -31  IT’S HEATING UP!

Date:   April 9, 2019
To:       All League Members and Oregonians
From:  Julie Chapman, LWVOR Climate Portfolio and Norman Turrill, LWVOR President


The Joint Committee on Carbon Reduction (JCCR) recently introduced an improved version of the climate bill, HB 2020 -31. Committee members are under pressure to reverse or water down the amendments, particularly those regulating pollution from waste incineration and fluorinated gases. Please email committee members by April 15.

Subject line: “The -31 amendments strengthened HB 2020” or “Thank you for supporting HB 2020 -31” or “As an Oregonian, I support HB 2020 -31” or …

Messaging for emails: Put the message in your own words; your email can be short. You can copy and paste the same personal message for all members of the committee, but please address and send the email to each legislator individually. Identify yourself with your address, but emphasize that you are an Oregonian, and this is important Oregon legislation.

  • Thank you for including waste incineration in the industries regulated by the bill.
  • The Covanta trash incinerator burns plastics and medical waste and emits a mix of heavy metals and other pollutants. We urge you to hold them accountable by keeping them under the cap, as you have done in the -31 amendments. This is a critical step to move us towards climate solutions.
  • Thank you for now including the super pollutant F-gases from semiconductor manufacturing as emissions covered by the bill.
  • F-gases are 7,000 to 23,000 times more potent than CO2 as greenhouse gases. It is critical that we require mitigation of their effect.
  • The -31 amendment ends an exemption for the F-gases used in semiconductor manufacturing, placing F-gases under the cap from the beginning of the program. Please pass the -31 amendments and keep these polluters in the program.
  • The F-gases account for 1/5th of the total greenhouse gas impact of all other Oregon manufacturers covered under the Oregon Climate Action Program. It is critical that we require mitigation of their effects.
  • The emergency clause is essential to this bill. Climate change caused by excessive greenhouse gas emissions is the most significant emergency of our time.
  • Please keep the specific percentage distributions from the Climate Investment Fund identified in -31 in the bill: 40% will go to impacted communities and 10% to tribes. Oregon communities that suffer the biggest impact from the warming we already experience must get the most relief.

Thank you for adding your voice! For more information, contact Julie Chapman, LWVOR Climate Portfolio member or ph. 503-415-9715.

Amendments HB 2020 -31:

Original HB 2020:

Additional F-gas information from EPA website:

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CLDC & Corvallis City Club: Climate Experts Q & A – Jan 31, 7 p.m.

Corvallis CitySpeak: Climate Change

January 31, 2019 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Corvallis-Benton County Public Library
645 NW Monroe Ave
Corvallis, OR 97330

The Corvallis Advocate’s first CitySpeak event of the year will challenge participants to think critically about their part in the bigger picture that is climate change and its local and global effects. Most importantly, the event will challenge us to adopt the resolution this year of lessening our individual and group impacts, and discovering other ways we can combat climate change and climate injustice.

The event will be held in the main meeting room of the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library, from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Jan 31. It will feature three panelists, covering an expanse of subject matter and expertise that will be integrated into an initial presentation period, followed by questions from the moderator, then an audience question and answer session, before closing remarks.

Moderating the panel will be me, Stevie Beisswanger, Editor-in-Chief of The Advocate. Panelists will include OSU climate change professor Jillian Gregg, Sustainability Coalition representative Jeannette Hardison, and Civil Liberties Defense Center Attorney Cooper Brinson. Panelists will provide tools and information into a range of topics, including general impacts, food waste reduction for individuals and businesses, and climate justice and activism.

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Human Rights and Climate Change – Apr. 25 – 6:30pm – Newport Library

Lecture and community dialogue on human rights and climate change, sponsored by It will be led by Dr. Tom Kerns, Director, Environment and Human Rights Advisory
 on the Steering Group of the Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal Session on Human Rights, Fracking, and Climate Change
, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at North Seattle College.

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Source: Human Rights and Climate Change (There’s some light reading….) – News Lincoln County

Citizens’ Climate Lobby and 350ooc address climate change

NEWPORT — Environmental advocacy group 350occ and the local Climate Control Lobby will be joining forces to address issues that impact the region.

Source: Newport News Times | 350occ to join with local climate lobby

Carbon tax and revenue distribution on agenda

NEWPORT — Environmental advocacy group 350occ and the local Climate Control Lobby will be joining forces to address issues that impact the region.

“We’re trying to figure out how we can work together to address the issues of climate change as they affect the Oregon coast,” said Martin Desmond, co-organizer for the Newport group of the Citizens’ Climate Lobby, in a Thursday, March 29 interview.

The groups are holding an open meeting at the Newport Public Library in the downstairs conference room on April 16 at 6:30 p.m.

CCL is a national organization started in October 2007 to “create the political will for climate solutions by enabling individual breakthroughs in the exercise of personal and political power,” according to its website. Their big push is for “Carbon Fee and Dividend” legislation, which would tax carbon at $15 a ton and an additional $10 every subsequent year. Revenue would be paid out to citizens as dividends.

The Newport group of CCL organized in January to, among other projects, support that legislation in Oregon.

“That’s probably going to be one of the primary issues CCL and, and more groups, are going to be working on this year,” Desmond said, “getting this set up so that when the session comes back in 2019, it’ll be ready.”

He and a friend did the math and estimate that a $15-per-ton carbon tax would increase the cost of gasoline about by about $0.15 a gallon. In Oregon, the bill was presented during the short legislative session but did not pass.

350occ was started by Bill Kucha about a year ago. At that time his intent was to do the initial organization of the group then step out of the spotlight. Cyndi Karp will be taking over as 350occ chair.

The founding enterprise,, is a network active in 188 countries “building a global climate movement,” states its website. The group’s name stems from the safe limit of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, 350 parts per million. The name of 350occ applies to the group’s Oregon Central Coast chapter.

Along with working for Carbon Fee and Dividend legislation, 350occ has brought many issues and guest speakers to Lincoln County to discuss things like electric vehicles, divestment, methane and fracked gas, and renewable energy. They endorse The Declaration of Human Rights and Climate Change, “Reaffirming the universality, indivisibility, interdependence and interrelationality of all human rights, the interrelationality of all life on Earth and the dependency of all life on Earth on a healthy biosphere and Earth system integrity,” and are “Convinced that the potential irreversibility of climate change effects gives rise to an urgent need for new forms of state and non-state responsibility, accountability and liability.”

Concerns specific to Lincoln County are ocean acidification and the growing prevalence of wildfires.

“Ocean acidification is going to have a pretty serious impact on the fishing here; it’s going to have unknown impacts through time,” Desmond said. “It’s one of those issues that is quite significantly underestimated. It’s a fundamental impact on micro-organisms in the ocean, which has a significant impact on everything as you go up the food chain.”

As a young man, Desmond worked for the forest service on fire crews. “Back in the ‘70s and ‘80s, we’d paint buildings and stuff. Occasionally we’d go fight a fire. Now, with a shorter snowpack season, the forests are drying out more. Fires are getting more often and bigger, for instance the Brookings fire last summer. The severity of forest fires has been increasing, so that’s going to happen here, too.”

He said, “I think 30 or 40 years from now, future generations will realize we’ve go to do more than just change light bulbs in our houses. encourages people to get involved in the Drawdown EcoChallenge, “a 21-day engagement program focused on carbon reduction,” from April 4-25. Find out more at

Contact reporter Joan Brown at 541-265-8571 x211 or


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Investments in energy efficient homes are really investments in our future. It’s an investment we need to make. This bill has strong, bipartisan, bicameral support, but we just need a little more boost to get it over the finish line.

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