Three issues to watch in Oregon's carbon tax debate

Terry Lake, British Columbia's environmental minister, said Oregon and British Columbia have plenty in common when it comes to caring for the eco-system.

Terry Lake, British Columbia's environmental minister, said Oregon and British Columbia have plenty in common when it comes to caring for the eco-system.

British Columbia's environment minister says his province and Oregon have plenty in common.

But Terry Lake isn't just talking about the generally rainy climate. Lake, in town this week to discuss how British Columbia's carbon tax has shaped the province's economy, said Oregon would do well to consider similar legislative proposals.

Lake, a veterinarian from Kamloops who helped shape reforms to B.C.'s sled-dog industry, also espouses carbon taxes as a way to both ensure cleaner air while reducing governments' reliance on other tax forms.

Lake was appointed as the province's environmental minister by Premier Christy Clark. He's responsible for ensuring British Columbia's land, water, and other resources are developed sustainably.

British Columbia imposes a $30 per metric ton carbon tax. Here are three issues to track as Oregon lawmakers consider a carbon tax of their own.

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