Oregon cap and trade program in the works for 2016

By Taylor W. Anderson, The Bulletin.

SALEM — Two Eugene Democrats are gearing up to make Oregon the second state in the U.S. to cap greenhouse gas emissions on certain industries and put penalties and a credit system in place to reduce pollution, a system known as carbon capping. 

Sen. Chris Edwards, who chairs the Senate Environment and Natural Resources Committee, said Tuesday he would work over the next four months with Sen. Lee Beyer to push legislation in the 35-day legislative session in 2016 that would set up what he calls a cap-and-invest system.