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Locals react to Gov. Brown executive order to fight climate change

KEZI 9 News spoke to business owners on both sides of the issue.

Posted: Mar 10, 2020 7:12 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Business owners in Eugene and Sutherlin have strong opinions on both sides after Gov. Kate Brown signed an executive order to fight climate change in Oregon.

Terry Mann, whose family owns a logging company in Sutherlin, said Gov. Brown's decision feels like a step in the wrong direction.

He said he was hoping legislators would allow the people to vote on cap-and-trade, and he's disappointed that's not the case.

"A lot of people in the Democratic Party are determined to push this through," said Mann. "I don't think it has anything to do with climate. It's revenue and power."

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Ian Hill is the co-founder of SeQuential Biofuels. The company works with restaurants to collect used cooking oil and turns it into low-carbon, clean-burning fuel. They also have a gas station in Eugene that sells biodiesel.

Hill said he was hoping lawmakers in Salem would be able to work together to pass climate action but is happy to see Brown taking action.

"Especially when it's on issues of this magnitude that is not only going to start affecting us more and more now but is going to affect us for generations here in Oregon and could really fundamentally change what Oregon is," Hill said.

One of the actions in the executive order includes doubling the state's Clean Fuels Program, which aims to reduce pollution from cars by 25% percent by the year 2035. Hill said he's happy to see that.

Below is the full executive order:

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