Tobias Read on Energy & Oil
Investing in clean energy and green jobs a top priority
As Treasurer, Tobias uses the state's leverage to help place environmental advocates on the boards of major energy companies and move them away from fossil fuels. And under his leadership, the state has dramatically increased its investment in
renewable energy. Tobias supports Oregon's groundbreaking law that would require 100% clean energy by 2040, and would make investing in clean energy sources and green jobs a top priority.
Source: 2022 Oregon Gubernatorial campaign website TobiasRead.com
, Dec 14, 2021
Supports smart regulations that address climate change
Q: There is some accounting for Oregon's total investments in fossil fuels?
Read: Yes there is, there is accounting, but I'm giving a broader trend over the last couple of years. That's a trajectory. It's easier to talk about those in longer terms
than points in time.
Q: And is it fair to say that overall it's gone down because the investments have been seen as less favorable?
Read: Look,˙when I have my fiduciary hat off, when I am a father, an Oregonian, I am strongly in favor of smart
regulations and policies that address the real impact of climate change. When I have my fiduciary hat on, I have to be concerned about generating returns for beneficiaries, and that's the motivation for the investment decisions we make. But they align
in that respect, that a company that is not prepared for how to be successful in a climate constrained world is not the sort of place we want to be invested in. So, they're aligned, but I have different roles at different times.
Source: Oregon Public Broadcasting on 2022 Oregon Gubernatorial race
, Jul 19, 2021
Wean Oregon off coal and boost renewable sources
Oregon's most consequential energy bill in decades--a nationally ambitious plan to wean the state off coal and boost renewable sources--has become law. Gov. Kate Brown signed Senate Bill 1547 [State Rep. Tobias Read voted YES],
handing Democrats a coveted political victory that comes despite lingering concerns the legislation might raise costs for utility customers.
The measure requires Oregon's two largest utilities, Portland General Electric and Pacific Power, to stop
paying for out-of-state coal power by 2030. It also says utilities must serve half their customers' demand with renewable sources such as wind and solar by 2040.
"Knowing how important it is to Oregonians to act on climate change, a wide range of
stakeholders came to the table around Oregonians' investments in coal and renewable energy," Brown said in a statement. "I'm proud to sign a bill that moves Oregon forward, together with the shared values of current and future generations."
Source: 2013-2014 Oregon legislative voting records: SB1547
, Mar 10, 2016
Voted YES to reduce greenhouse gas emissions
Governor's press release:I strongly support SB 324's goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. It is difficult to deny that we are seeing the effects of a warming planet. This year, 85% of our state is experiencing drought, with 33%
experiencing extreme drought. This directly impacts 1.5 million Oregonians, hitting our rural communities the hardest.
Legislative Summary: Repeals sunset on provisions related to low carbon fuel standards. Allows reinstating requirements
to comply with low carbon fuel standards. Extends target date for meeting certain emission goals under phased implementation of low carbon fuel standards. Requires Environmental Quality Commission to adopt rules for managing and containing costs of
compliance with low carbon fuel standards. Prohibits fuels that contain biodiesel from being considered alternative fuels unless certain standards are met. Adds certain exemptions to low carbon fuel standards. Declares emergency, effective on passage.
Source: Oregon.gov press release on SB324 legislative voting record
, Mar 12, 2015
Voted YES on electronic energy efficiency standards
SB 692: Requires Certain Electronics to Meet Energy Efficiency Standards: The following minimum energy efficiency standards for new products are established:
Legislative Outcome: Passed State Senate 19-9-2 on April 16; Passed House 40-19-1 on May 30; State Rep. Tobias Read voted YES; Governor John Kitzhaber signed on June 13, 2013
Source: 2013-2014 Oregon legislative voting records: SB 692
, May 30, 2013
- Automatic commercial ice cube machines must have daily energy use & water use no greater
than state-determined applicable values.
- Commercial clothes washers must have a minimum modified energy factor of 1.26.
- Commercial refrigerators or freezers must meet the applicable state requirements.
- Illuminated exit signs must have an input
power demand of five watts or less per illuminated face.
- Metal halide lamp fixtures designed to be operated with lamps rated greater than or equal to 150 watts but less than or equal to 500 watts may not contain a probe-start metal halide lamp
- Torchieres may not use more than 190 watts.
Require 1.5% solar energy technology in public construction
Excerpts from Oregon state legislative records for HB 2620:
Legislative Outcome: Passed Senate, 24-6-0 on May 29; passed House 41-17-2 on May 7; State Rep. Tobias Read voted YES; Signed by Gov. Ted Kulongoski 6/11/2007.
Source: Oregon legislative voting records: HB 2620
, May 7, 2007
Provides that public improvement contracts for construction or major renovation of public buildings are must contain at least 1.5% of total contract price for inclusion of appropriate solar energy technology.
Requires State Department of Energy to report in 2009 and 2011 on use of solar energy technology in construction, reconstruction or major renovation of public buildings.
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Gubernatorial Debates 2021:
vs.Former Gov. nominee John Cox(R)
vs.Former U.S.Rep Doug Ose(R)
vs.Former Olympian Caitlyn Jenner(R)
vs.Radio Host Larry Elder(R)
Incumbent Phil Murphy(D)
vs.State Rep. Jack Ciattarelli(R)
vs.Candidate Hirsh Singh(R)
vs.GOP Chair Doug Steinhardt(R)
Incumbent Ralph Northam(D,term-limited)
vs.Former Governor Terry McAuliffe(D)
vs.CEO Glenn Youngkin(R)
A.G. Mark Herring(D)
State Sen. Amanda Chase(I)
Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax(D)
State Rep. Jennifer Carroll Foy(D)
State Rep. Lee Carter(D)
State Sen. Jennifer McClellan(D)
State Rep. Kirk Cox(R)
CEO Pete Snyder(R)
Gubernatorial Debates 2023:
Incumbent Andy Beshear(D)
vs.Former Gov. Matt Bevin(? R)
vs.Senator Rand Paul(? R)
vs.State Auditor Mark Harmon(R)
Incumbent John Bel Edwards(D,term-limited)
vs.Biden Adviser Cedric Richmond(? D)
vs.Senator John Neely Kennedy(? R)
Incumbent Tate Reeves(R)
Gubernatorial Debates 2022:
Incumbent Mike Dunleavy(R)
Incumbent Kay Ivey(R)
vs.Stacy Lee George(R)
vs.Ambassador Lynda Blanchard(R)
Incumbent Asa Hutchinson(R,term-limited)
vs.Trump Adviser Sarah Huckabee Sanders(R)
A.G. Leslie Rutledge(R,withdrew Nov.2021)
vs.Ricky Dale Harrington(L)
Incumbent Doug Ducey(R,term-limited)
Mayor Marco Lopez(D)
vs.Former news anchor Kari Lake(R)
vs.Secretary of State Katie Hobbs(D)
vs.State Treasurer Kimberly Yee(R)
vs.State Rep.Aaron Lieberman(D)
vs.Karrin Taylor Robson(R)
Incumbent Gavin Newsom(D)
vs.Former Gov. nominee John Cox(R)
Incumbent Jared Polis(D)
vs.Mayor Greg Lopez(R)
Incumbent Ned Lamont(D)
vs.Bob Stefanowski(? R)
Incumbent Ron DeSantis(R)
vs.Former Gov.Charlie Crist(D)
vs.Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried(D)
Incumbent Brian Kemp(R)
vs.Minority Leader Stacey Abrams(D)
vs.Senate candidate Shane Hazel(L)
vs.State Rep.Vernon Jones(R)
vs.2020 candidate Kandiss Taylor(R)
vs.Senator David Perdue(R)
Incumbent David Ige(D,term-limited)
vs.State Rep.Kirk Caldwell(D)
Incumbent Kim Reynolds(R)
vs.State Rep.Ras Smith(D)
Incumbent Brad Little(R)
vs.Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin(R)
Incumbent J.B. Pritzker(D)
vs.State Sen.Darren Bailey(R)
Incumbent Laura Kelly(D)
vs.State Sen.Derek Schmidt(R)
Gubernatorial Debates 2022 (continued):
Incumbent Charlie Baker(R)
vs.State Rep. Geoff Diehl(R)
vs.Harvard Professor Danielle Allen(D)
vs.State Sen.Ben Downing(D)
vs.State Sen.Sonia Chang-Diaz(D)
Incumbent Larry Hogan(R,term-limited)
vs.State Del.Robin Ficker(R)
vs.State Del.Peter Franchot(D)
vs.State Del.Kelly M. Schulz(R)
vs.Secretary John B. King(D)
vs.State A.G. Doug Gansler(D)
vs.County Exec. Rushern Baker(D)
vs.Secretary Thomas Perez(D)
Incumbent Janet Mills(D)
vs.Former Gov. Paul LePage(R)
Incumbent Gretchen Whitmer(D)
vs.Chief James Craig(R)
vs.Police Chief Tudor Dixon(R)
vs.John E. James(? R)
Incumbent Tim Walz(DFL)
vs.Mayor Mike Murphy(R)
vs.State Sen.Scott Jensen(R)
Incumbent Pete Ricketts(R,term-limited)
vs.U.S.Senator Bob Krist(R)
Incumbent Chris Sununu(R)
Incumbent Michelle Lujan Grisham(D)
vs.Commissioner Jay Block(R)
vs.State Rep.Rebecca Dow(R)
Incumbent Steve Sisolak(D)
vs.North Las Vegas Mayor John Lee(R)
vs.Mayor Michele Fiore(R)
Incumbent Andrew Cuomo(D,resigned)
vs.Acting Gov.Kathy Hochul(D)
Attorney General Letitia James(D)
Incumbent Mike DeWine(R)
vs.Former Rep.Jim Renacci(R)
vs.Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley(D)
vs.Mayor John Cranley(D)
Incumbent Kevin Stitt(R)
vs.State Sen. Ervin Yen(R)
Incumbent Kate Brown(D,term-limited)
vs.Gov. nominee Bud Pierce(R)
Incumbent Tom Wolf(D,term-limited)
vs.U.S.Rep. Lou Barletta(R)
vs.Commissioner Joe Gale(R)
vs.State Sen.Scott Martin(R)
Incumbent Gina Raimondo(D,to Cabinet)
vs.Gov. Dan McKee(D)
vs.Mayor Allan Fung(R ?)
vs.RI Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea(D)
Incumbent Henry McMaster(R)
vs.State senator Mia McLeod(D)
Incumbent Kristi Noem(R)
vs.State Rep. Billie Sutton(? D)
Incumbent Bill Lee(R)
vs.J B Smiley(D)
Incumbent Greg Abbott(R)
vs.State Sen.Don Huffines(R)
vs.U.S.Rep. Allen West(R)
Incumbent Phil Scott(R)
(no prospective opponents yet)
Incumbent Tony Evers(D)
vs.CEO Jonathan Wichmann(R)
Incumbent Mark Gordon(R)
vs.Minority Leader Chris Rothfuss(? D)
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