15 Feb '15, 2am

Kitzhaber is on his way out, but Oregon should continue being a green leader

Kitzhaber is on his way out, but Oregon should continue being a green leader

Environmentalists are by their nature worrywarts, so they might be tempted to freak out over Friday’s resignation announcement by Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber (D), an unapologetic climate hawk. But he’ll be replaced by another liberal Democrat, Secretary of State of Kate Brown, so it’s not likely to trigger a green crisis in the state. Kitzhaber served two terms as governor from 1995 to 2003, then was prevented by the state constitution from serving a consecutive third term. He returned to office in 2011 and was reelected this past November. His administration was quickly crippled, though, by accusations that his fiancée Cylvia Hayes violated state ethics laws by simultaneously advising her husband on clean energy issues and serving as a consultant to clean energy advocacy organizations. Kitzhaber laid out a big green vision for Oregon. In 2012, he released a 10-year plan to...

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