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Greenhouse bills signed

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Thursday, July 23, 2009

In an effort to cut down Oregon's greenhouse gases by next year, the bills will reduce emissions from vehicles and power plants while promoting solar energy and energy efficiency.

"These bills are the next step in growing our green economy, lessening our dependence on foreign sources of fossil fuel and ensuring clean air, cleaner burning fuel and energy efficient buildings and homes that save money and protect our environment," Kulongoski said. "These policies secure Oregon's position as a national leader in climate-change policy while also expanding economic opportunity in clean, green jobs across the state."...

Sallie Schullinger-Krause of the Oregon Environmental Council said the new laws and others from 2007 should come close to meeting the Legislature's goal of leveling off greenhouse emissions by 2010. But the next goals of reducing emissions below 1990 levels by 10 percent by 2020 and 75 percent by 2050 will take more action.

Read the full story at the Statesman Journal.

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