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Cleaner fuels, made in Oregon

The science is as clear as day: climate change is real, it’s a serious threat, and it’s driven by greenhouse gas emissions.

Fighting climate change isn’t just the right thing to do for our world – it’s also good for Oregon’s economy.

That’s why I’m proud to have carried a bill that lifts the sunset on Oregon’s Clean Fuels program on the floor of the House this week. It was a marathon session, lasting well over four hours. But in the end we did the right things for Oregon – lowering greenhouse gas emissions, creating local jobs, and gaining cleaner air for our children.

Once signed into law, my bill establishes strict, low-carbon fuel standards that must be met by distributors in our state. Over the next decade it will result in a 10 percent reduction in carbon intensity in our transportation fuels. These standards can be met by increasing the use of biofuels, natural gas, and biogas in their fuels, or by purchasing clean fuel credits from local clean fuel producers.

The result? Cars and trucks in Oregon will emit less pollution into our air*, reducing the amount of greenhouse gas in our atmosphere and cutting Oregon’s contribution to climate change. Crucially, it also encourages the development of a clean fuels market right here in Oregon – creating jobs and boosting our economy.

The clean fuels bill has now passed the House and Senate, and is on its way to Governor Brown’s desk. I’m confident it will be signed into law.

Thank you for standing with me on this critical issue!


Posted on March 6, 2015.

Meet Jessica

I am a mother, a business professional, a progressive Democrat, a proud resident of East Portland, and the first Latina elected to the Oregon House of Representatives.

As Multnomah County Commissioner I’ve fought to make sure every member of our community has what they need to succeed. I want to make Multnomah County an even better place to live, work, and raise a family. I'm ready to get to work and I hope you'll join us!

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