E2: Gov. Brown’s Executive Order Good for Economy, Environment

Action will create jobs, address climate change say Oregon business leaders

SALEM, OR (March 10, 2020) – Today Oregon Gov. Kate Brown signed an executive order to substantially reduce the state’s greenhouse gas emissions, expand the clean energy economy, and take other important steps to advance critical climate action.

The following is reaction from Oregon business leader Ian Hill and member of the national, nonpartisan business group E2 (Environmental Entrepreneurs).

Ian Hill, co-founder of Oregon-based SeQuential Biofuels and E2 Pacific Northwest member:

“This represents a critical opportunity for Oregon’s economy and a commitment to action on behalf of Oregonians threatened by the fires, droughts, flooding, and other catastrophic impacts of escalating climate change. The long-term health of our economy is predicated on ambitious climate action and we are excited that the Governor’s leadership has resulted in this critical action.”

The following is a statement from Andy Wunder, E2 Western States Advocate:

“By setting new goals and advancing programs to reduce climate emissions and expand the state’s clean energy economy, Gov. Brown is setting the path for new jobs, new investments, and new opportunities throughout Oregon.

“Unfortunately, Republican lawmakers’ continued refusal to take this issue seriously and engage in the legislative process necessitated this important executive action. Gov. Brown’s order is the type of real leadership we’ve needed for a long time.”

According to E2’s 2019 Clean Jobs Oregon report, more than 55,400 Oregonians currently work in renewable energy, clean fuels, energy efficiency and other clean energy industries.

For more information or for interview requests, please contact Zach Amittay at 617-880-9882 or zamittay@e2.org.

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Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2) is a national, nonpartisan group of business leaders, investors, and professionals from every sector of the economy who advocate for smart policies that are good for the economy and good for the environment. Our members have founded or funded more than 2,500 companies, created more than 600,000 jobs, and manage more than $100 billion in venture and private equity capital. For more information, see www.e2.org or follow us on Twitter at @e2org.