Hundreds speak out at greenhouse gas emissions hearing

Resident gives testimony on Oregon House Bill 2020 to panel at Central Medford High School (Jennevieve Fong / News 10)

Oregon state representatives gathered in Medford Saturday morning to listen to over 150 testimonies in a public hearing on greenhouse gas emissions.

The Joint Committee on Carbon Reduction, which includes local representatives Rep. Pam Marsh and State Senator Jeff Golden appeared at Central Medford High School.

The center of discussion was regarding Oregon House Bill 2020, a 55-page bill declaring an emergency with carbon reduction. The legislation aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to at least 80 percent below 1990 levels by the year 2050.

"Seven out of ten Oregonians support clean energy jobs bill," Executive director of Renew Oregon Tara Hurst said. "What you're seeing here and what we saw in Springfield is that people care a lot. We want to address our climate crisis, especially in southern Oregon."

While Democrats have been working on this bill for several years, many Republicans argue Oregonians will end up footing the bill.

The committee is scheduled to continue hearings in The Dalles and in Bend next weekend.

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