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June 17, 2019

Dear Senator Smith,

We write as individuals with extensive experience in Oregon business who share a commitment to advance environmental policy that benefits Oregon's economy. We urge you to take a leadership role in supporting mandatory federal limits on global warming pollution, which would be designed to slow, stop and reverse the trend of emissions increases in time to avoid potentially catastrophic climate change.

We look forward to working with you and your colleagues to ensure that such a system is designed to maximize benefits and minimize costs to Oregon and the nation. We note that broadly representative, bipartisan stakeholder processes in Oregon have now recommended State carbon emissions reductions in the absence of meaningful Federal action. Your engagement will not only speed such action, but also send a signal to business that the state is committed to advancing a 21st century clean technology market. Finally, your leadership will ensure that Oregon's actions and successes are fully acknowledged and accommodated as Federal standards are being developed.

Further delay in establishing mandatory national limits only exposes investors, businesses and communities to higher costs and risks. We believe strongly that your personal involvement is crucial to a bipartisan solution that can win broad support in Congress and the Administration.


Gail Achterman
Dir, Institute of Natural Resources, OSU
Spencer Beebe
Dick Benner
Senior Attorney
Janine Benner
Len Bergstein
Principle, Northwest Strategies Inc.
Drew Bernard
Partner, Green Lightning LLC
Maggie Brenneke
Dan Carol
Apollo Alliance/Onward Oregon
Angus Duncan
Bonneville Environmental Foundation
John Emrick
Norm Thompson
Mary Fellows
Nancy Floyd
Founder and Managing Director, Nth Power
Tom Foley
President of the Board, Energy Trust of Oregon, Inc.
Margie Gardner
Northwest Energy Efficency Alliance
Joanna Gilson
Bonneville Environmental Foundation
Stephen Gomez
Cylvia Hayes
Founder and CEO, 3Estrategies
Alan Hickenbottom
Senior Vice President, i-TEN Associates
Ian Hill
CEO & Co-Founder, SeQuential Biofuels
Terry Hudgens
PPM Energy, Inc.
Al Jubitz
President, Jubitz Family Foundation
Eli Lamb
Eric Lemelson
Lemelson Vineyards
Mike Morgan
Tonkon Torp
Pamela Morgan
Graceful Systems
Ron Pernick
Co-Founder and Managing Director, Clean Edge
Walt Pollock
Bonneville Environmental Foundation
John Russell
Russell Development Co.
Astrid Scholz
Special Advisor, The Resilience Exchange
Gregg Semler
Lucid Energy
Tom Sidley
Aequitas Capital Management
Bettina Von Hagen
Dennis Wilde
Gerding Edlen Development
David Williams
Brad Zenger
Founder & Managing Director, Pivotal Investments

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