DEQ is currently receiving public testimony for the rulemaking of Executive Order 20-04. The DEQ has set three hearings for October and we need Climate conscious Oregonians to show up and, if you can, testify!
The Governors executive order directs state agencies to take actions to reduce and regulate greenhouse gas emissions. One major component of this progrram is a directive for the state Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to set up a new program to “cap and reduce” the climate-harming pollution released by Oregon’s largest polluters. By no longer allowing these major polluters (like oil companies, fossil gas companies, and industrial manufacturers) to spew unlimited amounts of greenhouse gas emissions, this new policy can help transition Oregon to cleaner ways of powering our economy and communities.
We need a large turn out for DEQ’s Town Hall meetings on October 1st, 8th and 14th.
- Town Hall Option #1 – Thursday, October 1st, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
- Town Hall Option #2 – Thursday, October 8th, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
- Town Hall Option #3 – Wednesday, October 14th, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
We need to act now with steep emission reductions. We won’t accept any delay because we are already far behind. We won’t accept any exclusions because every business and sector needs to share in the responsibility. And we know it’s a false narrative that clean technology isn’t available. Our values are for people and the natural world over profits
DEQ is also defining the composition of the cap-and-reduce policy committee. The proposed committee is too heavy on corporate influence and too light on frontline communities and climate organizations. We need to demand that DEQ tip the scale in a just direction by increasing the voices of frontline communities and organizations that represent the earth.
Click here to register to attend one or more of the Town Hall meetings here. You’ll receive information on how to participate in the Town Hall, as well as talking points for providing public comment. Please show up to the Town Hall to show DEQ the breadth of support for ambitious climate action now!