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The Directors of three State agencies, DEQ, DLCD, and Energy recently sent to ODOT's board, the OTC, a letter on greenhouse gases and transportation.
According to the Oregon Global Warming Commission’s 2017 Biennial Report to the Legislature, Oregon will not meet the Legislature’s 2020 target for greenhouse gas emissions reduction (ten percent below 1990 levels). We also are not on track for the Legislature’s 2035 and 2050 goals. With greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector increasing (rather than decreasing), and with transportation responsible for 39 percent of greenhouse gas emissions in the state, it’s clear we need renewed focus on reducing emissions in this sector.At last month's meeting of our Metropolitan Planning Organization, the Policy Committee endured a different smoke-blowing from members who insisted that "SKATS' focus is transportation not the environment" - notwithstanding clear Legislative direction to reduce emissions in the transportation sector.
SKATS meets next week on Tuesday, and there may be more to say on Sunday or Monday about other agenda items. Adoption of any language for Goal 7 appears to be in a holding pattern and no formal action is on the agenda. The minutes are a little murky on when any language might be formally adopted. The "consensus" referenced in the minutes appears to be an informal one, not one fully voted in, and they express hopes that the City of Salem will cave and accept the watered down language.