Cap and trade plan to reduce pollution taking shape in Salem

By Reed Andrews, KATU News.

PORTLAND, Ore. – A plan to curb carbon emissions statewide is set to be a highly contested issue between leaders in Salem.

"I think there's a growing swell of public support to take action on climate change," said Angela Crowley-Koch, legislative director with the Oregon Environmental Council.

State Sen. Chris Edwards, D-Eugene, is currently "deep in the weeds" of a cap and trade bill to cut down on pollution.

Edwards says the bill "would transform the economy." He points to the need for more renewable energy and making the state's energy grid more efficient.