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2019 Resolution # 3 Opposing Oregon Legislation Creating a Cap and Trade System to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

WHEREAS, the State of Oregon has established a goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 75% from 1990 levels by 2050, and

WHEREAS,  Oregon Governor Kate Brown, Senate President Peter Courtney and House Speaker Tina Kotek have committed to pass Cap and Trade Legislation during the 2019 Legislative Session to meet these emission reduction goals, and

WHEREAS, Oregon represents an imperceptible 6.8 tenths of 1% of the greenhouse gas emissions in the United States and the U.S contributes just 17.33% of the world’s greenhouse gases, and

WHEREAS, adoption of a Cap and Trade program in Oregon, without a meaningful worldwide commitment to greenhouse gas reduction, will fail to produce a measurable impact, and

WHEREAS, an Oregon Cap and Trade program would increase costs for businesses, create winners and losers economically and put Oregon industries at a competitive disadvantage with other states and nations that don’t have a Cap and Trade program, and

WHEREAS, an Oregon Cap and Trade program would result in rising prices on most consumer goods due to the rising cost of energy and fuel, and

WHEREAS, the economic impact to rural Oregon communities will be disproportionately larger than the contributions currently being made to greenhouse gas emissions in those communities.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Oregon Logging Conference urge Oregon Governor Kate Brown and legislative leadership to carefully balance the impact of costs imposed by environmental initiatives on natural resource industries and Oregon’s economy as a whole with the direct environmental benefits to Oregon, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Oregon Logging Conference go on record in opposition to any Cap and Trade proposal that makes a minimal impact on the world’s greenhouse gas emissions if doing so increases costs for consumers and businesses and decreases Oregon’s competitiveness within the United States and around the world.