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Findley expects court battle over emission reduction plan

Rep. Lynn Findley (R-Vale) (The Enterprise/File).

VALE – Gov. Kate Brown’s actions last week to slash the state’s carbon emissions was a hasty move and its impact will remain unknown for months, said the Sen. Lynn Findley, R-Vale.

“I am, obviously not very excited about it,” said Findley.

Brown’s executive order directs 16 state agencies – from the Department of Land Conservation and Development to the Department of Environmental Quality – to lower emissions by 45 percent from 1990 levels by 2035 and by 80 percent from 1990 standards by 2050.

The order could impact Oregon industries, transportation, natural gas firms and vehicles. 

Brown’s executive order came on the heels of a failed 2020 legislative session, where a carbon emission reduction plan – Senate Bill 1530 – was floated by Democrats. The . . .