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Oregon Court Strikes Down State Climate Program

The Oregon’s Court of Appeals invalidated the Climate Protection Program (CPP) rules that the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) had implemented, a significant blow to the program that mandates increasing cuts in emissions from natural gas utilities, suppliers of gasoline, diesel, kerosene and propane and large industrial plants. The Court found that the policy and rule-making board did not meet the state’s rule-making requirements. The CPP’s goal, under the program rules, is for fossil fuel suppliers to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 50% by 2035 and 90% by 2050. The program was approved by the Environmental Quality Commission (EQC) in December 2021 and went into effect in January 2022.



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