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California Liberal Tom Steyer Backs Oregon Cap and Trade

Do cap-and-trade advocates really want this guy spearheading their efforts?

By NTK Staff | 02.23.2018 @12:00pm
California Liberal Tom Steyer Backs Oregon Cap and Trade

Billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer, perhaps best known today for his public break with the Democratic Party he once funded, is getting behind Oregon’s California-style cap-and-trade effort.

Portland Business Journal reported:

…[Steyer’s] NextGen America organization, which has expanded Steyer’s political focus beyond climate to issues like health care and immigration, has put $200,000 toward supporting cap-and-trade legislation in the state. The group said a portion of that money is now being used to mobilize supporters to contact their representatives, urging passage before the 2018 session closes in just over two weeks.

…[Steyer said:] “We have a ton of respect for the leadership in Oregon and a ton of respect for the leadership in Washington. Every state has got to react in the way that its citizens and its elected officials think is most appropriate, so we’re going to be supportive of that.”

It’s unclear whether cap-and-trade advocates in Oregon want a California liberal to spearhead their efforts.

Steyer’s involvement – as usual – may be a moot point. Cap-and-trade appears to be a sagging effort in Oregon as of now.

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