Gov. Kate Brown’s executive order on climate change has similar goals as an unsuccessful bill. But its effects are uncertain

Gov. Kate Brown, flanked by students and supporters, prepares to sign a sweeping order on climate change on Tuesday, March 10. (Jake Thomas/Salem Reporter)

Gov. Kate Brown Tuesday directed state agencies to reduce Oregon’s greenhouse gas emissions through more stringent standards for fuels, new buildings and consumer appliances, imposing by order what she couldn’t get from the Legislature.

Her order doesn’t exempt any portion of the state from her mandates, a considerable change from legislation that would have spared rural Oregon and some industries.

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