Taxpayer Association of Oregon
Carbon legislation has a highly contentious history in Oregon. Cap and trade, a carbon tax that put Portland’s carbon emissions problem on the backs of rural Oregonians was ultimately signed into Oregon law via an executive order by Gov. Kate Brown, but not before Oregon Republicans denied quorum and prevented its passage twice.
Recently, the legislature had a hearing on SJM 5, urging Congress to pass a carbon tax on the federal level.
SJM 5 says, “Be It Resolved by the Legislative Assembly of the State of Oregon: That we, the members of the Eighty-first Legislative Assembly, recognize the urgent need to pursue viable solutions to the threat posed by climate change to the State of Oregon, our nation and the world; and be it further Resolved, That we respectfully urge the Congress of the United States to pass, and the President to sign, House Resolution 763, the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act”
HR 763 or the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act imposes a fee/tax on the carbon content of fuels, including crude oil, natural gas, coal, or any other product derived from those fuels that will be used so as to emit greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.
On his first day in office, President Biden signed an executive order that called for a recalculation of the “social cost of carbon” to quantify the “economic and societal damage” from greenhouse gas emissions in the coming decades and make it easier for government agencies to regulate.
12 with Republican Attorney Generals sued Biden over the executive order, alleging Biden lacked the constitutional authority to implement new rules about greenhouse gases.
Oregon politicians are doing their part to pressure the Biden administration to surrender regulatory authority on climate in exchange for a tax to appease special interests.
Other climate bills moving forward in Oregon are House Bill 3305 which would set a staggered timeline for ending sales of diesel in the state — first in the Portland area, then throughout Oregon.
An amendment to House Bill 2674 proposes new taxes on logging, construction and farming equipment and to replace them with greener options.