Oregon panel OKs plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions

Oregon state Rep. Khanh Pham, D-Portland, and others protest for greenhouse gas reductions.

Oregon now has a plan to reduce greenhouse gases, which contribute to climate change, with targets of 50% by 2035 and 90% by 2050.

The Environmental Quality Commission approved the plan on a 4-1 vote Thursday, Dec. 16, more than 18 months after Gov. Kate Brown ordered state agencies to come up with one. She issued her order after Republican walkouts in 2019 and 2020 thwarted Democratic majorities from voting on related legislation. Democrats were left without the required numbers to conduct business and were unable to proceed.