Over and over again, states and countries have targeted decarbonization, believing they had the time and opportunity to achieve it – and in time. In the United States and Canada that has blatantly failed. Generally, the promise has been that by setting up the correct market conditions, the market would provide the solution. It has not happened (examples).
In Europe, there have been regulations and penalties put in place that have produced some results (links)– though far from enough. In addition, by claiming that biofuels make sense, they have covered up the statistics of important emissions of CO2 that are every bit as damaging as those from coal.
We need every regulatory area in the United States to take the decarbonization schedule that best available science defines and make it happen. This means enforceable caps on emissions, driven by the best-available-science based schedule.
So, to achieve this, there must be a management organization given the authority to achieve the decarbonization, and it must be given the flexibility to change that schedule as new scientific discoveries demand.
The following chart shows our understanding of the current Oregon energy agencies and their relationships to each other, controlling bodies and public enterprise.