Status (overview) of bill: https://olis.oregonlegislature.gov/liz/2019R1/Measures/Overview/SB928
This bill establishes Oregon Climate Authority and Board to take over the greenhouse gas reporting program. Abolishes State Department of Energy and transfers duties to Authority except for loans for small scale local energy projects.
The whole reason for this bill is stated in Section 2(4) “The need exists for comprehensive state leadership on climate change, greenhouse gas mitigation and the transition to low-carbon, clean energy resources.” This faulty assumption blocks an open mind towards current science research that demands a balance. Leadership is needed for honest research for the truth on energy. The new department name and (4)(h) exemplifies this one sided bias, “The state’s climate change policies, goals and strategies will be informed by the best available science and economics.” The restructuring sets the stage for cap-and-invest and the massive overreach.
What is the oversight for safe and affordable energy takes a turn in this bill towards focus on greenhouse gas emissions with total disregard for safe affordable energy. Consequently, free markets required to register and report to the Oregon Climate Authority are being interfered with from operating as free markets should.