Obama's climate change proposals: Good, could go further

Dr. Susan Katz said carbon pollution is putting children's health at risk.

Dr. Susan Katz said carbon pollution is putting children's health at risk.

Reaction to President Barack Obama’s sweeping climate change proposals continues to land three days after he issued calls for policy reforms.

Essentially, Obama wants to limit climate pollution from power plants, increase renewable energy production, improve energy efficiency standards and impose more checks on methane and other pollutants. He also raised issues over further development of the Keystone Pipeline.

Friday’s print edition of Sustainable Business Oregon features takes from the likes of Portland Mayor Charlie Hales and Portland Trail Blazers sustainability chief Justin Zeulner — they like it — and the Alliance for Northwest Jobs & Exports’ Lauri Hennessey and the Edison Electric Institute’s Tom Kuhn, who don’t. SBO’s print edition appears within the pages of the Portland Business Journal.

Check out tomorrow’s paper for those analyses. In the meantime, here are some other views we collected that arrived after press time.

Scott Jenkins, VP of operations for the Seattle Mariners and chairman of the Green Sports Alliance Board of Directors:

“We are pleased today to see President Obama outline his plan to address climate change, expand clean and renewable energy and improve energy efficiency. Green Sports Alliance member teams and venues have been embracing conservation efforts and cleaner sources of energy not only because it is better for the environment, but it is also better for our bottom line. Since the health of the sports industry depends on a stable climate we appreciate his leadership on this critical issue. Sports venues throughout our nation have demonstrated that adopting smart environmental strategies is good for both the environment and for business.”

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