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Feb 21, 2020

The Oregon legislative session just wrapped. On the agenda was an ambitious plan to cap Oregon’s greenhouse emissions in a carbon marketplace known as “cap and trade.”

Opponents of the bill made national headlines by walking out of session to prevent its passage. But even with a supermajority, the Democratic leadership didn’t have the votes to pass the bill.

So what happened? What lessons can we learn about the power of human interest messaging and the state of public discourse in Oregon today?