Gov. Kate Brown’s announcement today of sweeping executive orders to implement carbon reductions sets a concerning precedent about the use of executive administrative authority absent a statutory mandate from the Legislature. This use of executive orders is likely to lead to prolonged and costly litigation, as was the experience in Washington state. It took years to resolve lawsuits over Washington’s carbon reduction orders, and much of the executive actions did not survive the legal challenges. OBI will work with partners to review Gov. Brown’s orders and determine the appropriate course.