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Green State Confronts Climate Controversy

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Publication Date: April 2009

Publisher(s): National Institute on Money in State Politics (U.S.)

Author(s): Tyler Evilsizer

Topic: Energy (Energy policy)
Environment (Weather and climate)
Politics (Campaigns, lobbying, and pressure groups)

Keywords: cap-and-trade; energy

Coverage: Oregon


In 2007, Forbes rated Oregon the second-greenest state in the nation. The high rating was due in part to Oregon having one of the five lowest carbon footprints per capita, and having more LEED-certified "green buildings" per capita than any other state. But climate change legislation does not come without a heated debate, even in a state that has already passed "the country's most aggressive greenhouse gas reduction goals."


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