Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has signed one of the nation's most aggressive pieces of pro-climate legislation into law.
The measure signed on Friday makes Oregon the first state to eliminate coal from its energy supply by legislation, which will happen in phases through 2030.
Brown signed the bill at James John Elementary in Portland,
It also requires utilities to provide half of their customers' power from renewable sources by 2040, which doubles the previous standard. That helps Oregon climb the ranks for renewable energy as well, joining five other states with the most stringent requirements in the U.S.
Brown and her fellow Democrats said it's an important step in Oregon's shift from fossil fuels to clean energy. Republican lawmakers strongly opposed it, citing concerns about rising consumer costs and overstated environmental benefits.
Taking to Twitter Friday, Brown share comments from her signing, noting that future generations would judge her decision.
Soon, we'll be celebrating the signing of SB 1547, eliminating coal from Oregon's energy mix. 1/2 pic.twitter.com/RTKa09SNUc— Kate Brown (@OregonGovBrown) March 11, 2016
I’m proud to sign a bill that moves Oregon forward, together with the shared values of current & future generations. 2/2— Kate Brown (@OregonGovBrown) March 11, 2016
Today, we are facing one of the most significant threats to OR's economy, environment, and our very way of life – climate change.— Kate Brown (@OregonGovBrown) March 11, 2016
We see it every day. Drought, forest fires, fish die-offs, & a snowpack that can no longer be relied upon for our water supply.— Kate Brown (@OregonGovBrown) March 11, 2016
Future generations will judge the morality & leadership of this generation not by the fact of climate change, but by how we responded to it.— Kate Brown (@OregonGovBrown) March 11, 2016
Today, we are responding with the signing of SB 1547. Not for us, but for these children. And the best part of all, we did it together.— Kate Brown (@OregonGovBrown) March 11, 2016
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