Press Release

For Immediate Release:
February 6, 2018

Contact:
Gina Williams, Alliance Communications
[email protected]
Cell: 360-606-8489
http://www.OrBizClimate.org

The Oregon Business Alliance for Climate (The Alliance) has announced the addition of four companies as members of the growing statewide organization that supports passing cap-and-invest legislation in Oregon this year.

New members include Arcimoto, EDP Renewables, Longstream Capital and Nike. These companies join more than 70 other well-known business names from across the state such as Dutch Bros., Vigor Industrial, Moda, EC Electric, New Seasons Market, Threemile Canyon Farms, Deschutes Brewery, Skanska, Pacific Ag, Pacific Ethanol and Willamette Valley Vineyards, that all support passing the Clean Energy Jobs legislation (SB 1507 and HB 4001) currently before the Oregon legislature.

Alliance leaders have participated closely in the extensive efforts that have been underway since September in passing a carbon pricing bill in the 2018 session and look forward to working with lawmakers on both sides of the aisle to establish a well-drafted policy that benefits the health of Oregonians, the state’s economy and the environment.

 

The Alliance Statement of Support principles focus on passing a statewide carbon pricing program 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

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-invest 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.

 

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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Our Mission is to provide a forum for Oregon industry leaders to collaborate on policy and business engagements aimed at promoting investment, job creation, competitiveness and economic growth toward Oregon’s low carbon economy.

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