Publication Date: April 2009
Publisher: National Institute on Money in State Politics (U.S.)
Author(s): Tyler Evilsizer
Research Area: Energy; Environment; Politics
Keywords: cap-and-trade; energy
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."