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The Impact of Climate Change Policies on Carbon-Intensive Manufacturing Industries in Oregon

This policy brief focuses on the potential impact of climate change policies like cap-and-trade programs on carbon-intensive manufacturing in Oregon. In particular, it addresses the risk of “leakage” in Oregon’s carbon-intensive manufacturing. Leakage refers to the movement of production (and greenhouse gas emissions and jobs) from a region with stringent emissions standards to one with lower standards, and is of particular concern to labor unions and other worker advocates.