Legislative Report - October 2022
Portfolio Coordinator: Claudia Keith
Climate Emergency Team and Volunteers Needed.
Clean Renewable Energy and GHGE Mitigation: Kathy Moyd
Efficient & Resilient Buildings: acting Kathy Moyd
Transportation: acting Kathy Moyd
Public Health: Vacant
Climate Friendly Equitable Communities & Green New Deal: Nancy Rosenberger
NWL Forestry: Josie Koehne
NWL Agriculture: Vacant
Fossil Fuel Infrastructure LNG & NG: Kathy Moyd & Shirley Weathers
Climate/Environmental Justice: Shirley Weathers & Claudia Keith
CE JW&M Budget/Funding, OEA, and Treasury: Claudia Keith
Our Children’s Trust: Claudia Keith
Climate Emergency Highlights
By Claudia Keith
LWVUS Climate Advocacy
Oct 12 “LWVUS Urged COP27 Heads of Delegations to Raise Climate Concerns. The coalition, led by Climate Action Network, (International) urged COP27 Heads of Delegation to show political leadership in this climate emergency. Further, the coalition urged governments to cooperate and act in solidarity for the people suffering from climate and interconnected crises to ensure that COP27 urgently raises ambition and provides scaled-up finance for implementation in line with equity and fair shares to ensure a climate-safe world for all. “
As in previous years, LWVUS will have observers attending COP27 in Egypt in Nov. The observer delegation will be led by LWVUS UN Climate Observer, who is also LWVOR Board VP and LWVOR NWEC rep, Robin Tokmakian.
The White House: FACT SHEET: Biden-Harris Administration Rallies States, Cities, and Companies to Boost Clean American Manufacturing
The Climate Economy Is About to Explode | The Atlantic. “A new report suggests that the Inflation Reduction Act could be even bigger than Congress thinks.”
Ahead of the Midterms, Energy Lobbyists Plan for a Republican House - The New York Times. “The oil and gas industry is already setting priorities for at least partial G.O.P. control in Congress, with a particular focus on undercutting a Biden administration program to shift away from gas for home heating.”
Here are SEC public comments including California PERS rep concerning Sept 2022 proposed SEC 5-year strategic Plan. Note the proposed Climate Risk Disclosure policy is included this plan. Recent news: SEC Climate Rules Pushed Back Amid Bureaucratic, Legal Woes. | Bloomberg Law. ‘SEC’s Climate Disclosure Regulation Won’t Get Finalized in 2022’. | Bloomberg News.
Report by OSU, international scientists say Earth is ‘unequivocally’ in the midst of a climate emergency | Oregon State University “CORVALLIS, Ore. – An international coalition of researchers says in a report published today that the Earth’s vital signs have worsened to the point that “humanity is unequivocally facing a climate emergency…”
VOTE 2022: Governor candidates weigh in: How green Oregon should go? – Oregon Capital Chronicle. Oregon Regulators Protect Utility Customers and Climate in Paring Down NW Natural Rate Request | Earthjustice..
By Kathy Moyd
Advanced Clean Cars II rulemaking
On October 19, DEQ held a public hearing for low- and zero-emission vehicle Draft Rules. Oregon, along with 16 other states, follows California's vehicle emission standards. The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has adopted an extension of its Clean Car Standards requiring all new cars to be ZEV or hybrid by 2035. The League provided verbal and written testimony in support of rules adoption, but pointed out that mitigation might be necessary for some of the environmental Justice communities relying on pickup trucks and minivans.
A League member represented the League at the Citizens’ Utility Board (CUB) at their annual conference on October 14. She was able to meet, in person, several people whom she had been on with during previous Zoom meetings, including Bob Jenks, CUB Executive Director.
Environmental Justice Council
By Claudia Keith
Our Children’s Trust
By Claudia Keith
Oct 12,’Youth climate plaintiffs cite novel precedent: SCOTUS’s landmark abortion ruling ‘ | Reuters. Oct 13, Our Children’s Trust Press Release: ‘’How Three Recent Supreme Court Rulings Help Juliana v. U.S. Get to Trial’.”….These notices inform Judge Ann Aiken, who we anticipate will rule on our motion to amend the Juliana case any day now, about how these new Supreme Court precedents support the Juliana youth plaintiffs’ arguments that they are entitled to have their constitutional claims heard at trial…..”.