Governor Kate Brown recently signed executive orders to impose sweeping green energy mandates on new construction and help triple the number of electric vehicles throughout Oregon by 2020.
The governor signed the orders at a ceremony in Portland, before she travels to Germany later this week to attend the United Nations climate talks.
The goal of Brown's two executive orders is to "drive the state's efforts forward in reducing greenhouse gas emissions," she told reporters after the event. "Buildings, both residential and commercial, consume about 30 percent of Oregon's energy use."
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