After a summer of relative quiet on the climate change front, last week saw a windstorm of activity. Following the bill passed by the U.S. House earlier this year, the U.S. Senate has now introduced a climate change bill. On the same day, the Environmental Protection Agency released a detailed proposal to regulate carbon dioxide and a number of other green house gases.
A big Circuit Court of Appeals decision on the east coast allowed public nuisance lawsuits to proceed against polluting utilities. And Nike just withdrew from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce board of directors because of the Chamber’s position on climate change.
Meanwhile, Oregon Governor Ted Kulognoski has just returned from a National Governors’ Summit which he co-hosted in Los Angeles. One of the big issues they discussed was how all levels of government should work together to curb green house gas emissions.
How could the climate change legislation in Congress and the proposed changes to the EPA rules affect you? Will increased regulation of carbon dioxide and other green house gases raise costs for your business? As a consumer of power, how much more are you willing to pay for electricity to help change climate change? How important is U.S. participation in the international global climate change treaty in Copenhagen?
- Melisssa Powers: Assistant professor at Lewis & Clark Law School
- Reuben Plantico: Environmental policy director for Portland General Electric
- Ivo Trummer: Energy advisor to Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski