Second version of carbon cap bill gives nod to rural Oregonians, pulls coveted exemptions from industry

Rep. Karin Power, D-Milwaukie, and Sen. Michael Dembrow, D-Portland, third and fourth from the left, join in a rally supporting their bill to price carbon emissions. (Aubrey Wieber/Salem Reporter)

SALEM – Climate advocates are coming up roses after legislative revisions to a proposed carbon pricing policy for Oregon left unchanged the most significant mandates while softening the impact across the state.

Rural Oregonians would now get additional special treatment, while polluters were given little, if any, concessions. Two major exemptions originally proposed for polluters were stripped following advocacy from environmentalists.

The anticipated changes are the first major changes to House Bill 2020, the Legislature’s latest attempt to impose new environmental standards that would limit and price pollution in new ways. The “cap and trade” policy was the subject of recent hearings across the state, drawing unusually large crowds . . .