HR Council Approves Carbon Resolution

The Hood River City Council on Monday night approved a resolution supporting legislation to implement a price on carbon dioxide emissions for the state.  In the resolution, Councilors ask the Oregon Legislature to carefully impose a price on carbon in the form of a fee, tax, or cap to discourage consumption of fossil fuels and encourage development of alternatives.  It also calls on the Environmental Protection Agency to allow states the option to voluntarily use market based economy wide carbon pricing as an alternative compliance mechanism for the federal Clean Power Plan, rules for which are expected to be finalized by mid-2015.  Councilors passed the resolution by a 5-1 vote, with Laurent Picard opposing.

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