Climate change and ocean acidification are already costing the Northwest big: they are killing our shellfish, igniting massive wildfires, causing floods and landslides, and upping asthma rates and other public health impacts across the region. We face a critical juncture in deciding our future. As the greenest region of the wealthiest country in history, we stand as a thin green line between inland US coal, oil, and gas and fickle Asian energy markets eager to burn our fuel and send us the pollution.
We also have the opportunity to rise as a climate policy leader and make polluters pay for their carbon pollution. Oregon and Washington State could enact world-class carbon pricing measures, joining British Columbia and California to form a powerful West Coast bloc committed to a cleaner future, to polluter accountability, and to a healthier climate. Sightline Institute’s climate and energy research answers the big questions on how best to achieve this vision.