For Immediate Release:
November 17, 2017

Gina Williams, Alliance Communications
[email protected]
Cell: 360-606-8489

Oregon Business Alliance for Climate Board of Directors
Approves Statement of Support for Climate Legislation

Portland, Oregon, November 16, 2017–The Oregon Business Alliance for Climate (The Alliance) Board of Directors has released an official Statement of Support in favor of Oregon State climate legislation that:

  • Will reduce Oregon’s emissions through a well-designed market based carbon pricing program
  • Aligns with state climate goals
  • Maintains the viability and competitive health of existing Oregon businesses
  • Anticipates pricing and regulation flexibility that will adjust over time as policy matures and climate goals are achieved
  • Mitigates impacts on low-income communities, communities of color, and rural communities.
  • Puts Oregon in a position to advance clean energy alternatives and contribute to worldwide efforts to decarbonize the global economy
  • Encourages linkage to carbon markets in other jurisdictions
  • Ensures a distribution of program proceeds that drives innovation and economic growth

The Statement of Support concludes, “Climate change presents a significant threat to our livelihoods, and carbon pricing is widely viewed as the most effective and efficient way to address it. The nature of the threat, together with federal inaction, demands that Oregon demonstrate timely policy leadership. The Alliance and its Board of Directors support moving forward with Cap and Trade legislation that meets these key principles in the 2018 Legislative Session. We firmly believe that now is the time to act and pass carbon pricing legislation.”

Led by Board of Directors chair Tom Kelly of Neil Kelly Company, The Alliance was launched in June and currently has over 60 members throughout the state, including such influential businesses as Vigor, Dutch Bros, Skanska, Deschutes Brewery, Threemile Canyon, Cypress Creek Renewables, the Timbers & Thorns, Willamette Valley Vineyards, City of Roses Disposal & Recycling, and Moda, Inc.

“The Business Alliance for Climate is specifically focused on Oregon’s clean energy economy that will make the most sense for statewide business interests,” Kelly said. “We thank all of our members, including those serving on the board, for their leadership and support of a nonpartisan and collaborative initiative focused on advancing a price on carbon while investing in a resilient economy for Oregon.”

Alliance Board members are as follows:

Tom Kelly
Board Chair
Owner and President, Neil Kelly Company

Jim Bernau
Co-Founder, Willamette Valley Vineyards

Steve Clem
VP of Construction, Skanska

Jon Isaacs
Public Affairs Manager, Uber

Tom Koehler
Co-Founder, Pacific Ethanol

Carter MacNichol
Managing Director, Shiels Obletz Johnsen

Jonathan Nicholas
Vice President, Strategic Communications, Moda, Inc.

Cindi O’Neil
Vice President, SolAire Homebuilders

Alando Simpson
Vice President, City of Roses Disposal & Recycling

Alan Sprott
Vice President, Vigor Industrial

John Tapogna
President, ECONorthwest

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