Hero of the Week: Oregon Governor Kate Brown

Gov. Brown signs an executive order on March 10th 2020. Image: Andrew Selsky

After Republicans in Oregon’s legislature didn’t show up for work (for the second time) inorder to avoid a vote on limiting statewide carbon emissions, Oregon’s Governor Kate Brown took matters into her own hands. She found a workaround–which would enable a state agency to set and enforce caps on pollution from industry and transportation fuels

Governor Brown signed a sweeping executive order, one of the boldest in the nation, that aims to reduce carbon emissions to at least 45% below 1990 levels by 2035 and 80% from 1990 levels by 2050. The order more than doubles the goal of a clean fuels program, marking the most ambitious target in the country, Brown said.

Now that’s some serious #girlpower.

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