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Fri Jun 28, 2019, 07:41 PM

Climate bill losing support in business community

Oregon truckers make themselves heard against climate bill in Salem

SALEM -- Hundreds of truckers rolled into the streets around the Oregon Capitol on Thursday morning to protest the climate bill that has divided the Oregon Legislature largely along party lines. The workers, mostly from rural Oregon, shared their concerns about how the legislation designed to cut carbon emissions could hurt their livelihoods and encouraged Republican senators to continue the walkout that has halted work in the state Senate since June 19.

Members of the Oregon Trucking Association, which had opposed earlier versions of a clean diesel bill awaiting a Senate vote but was ultimately neutral on it, passed out free donuts and bottled water. Log truck after log truck passed the Capitol building, where hundreds stood in the rain to protest. They unleashed clouds of diesel soot while blasting airhorns so loud the honks could be heard on the floor of the state Senate and throughout Senate offices.

Jess Choat, 65, a log truck driver from Newport, said he took the day off work to protest the climate bill because he worried about the damage that an increase in fuel prices would cause the timber industry.

“I just don’t want Oregon to become like California. And that’s where we’re headed,” he said. “I don’t mind passing bills that help the environment, but we’re not getting a vote in this. That’s not how democracy works.”

Read more: https://www.oregonlive.com/environment/2019/06/oregon-truckers-make-themselves-heard-against-climate-bill-in-salem.html


Local beer, coffee companies pull any support from Oregon’s controversial climate bill

Deschutes Brewery announced Wednesday afternoon it had canceled its membership in a climate-related business group and pulled any support of Oregon’s controversial carbon-reduction proposal, House Bill 2020.

With the announcement, the Bend-based craft brewer joined several other local companies, including Dutch Bros. Coffee of Grants Pass, which left the business group over the past week and announced they were neutral on the cap-and-trade bill.

A companion bill to the climate legislation would offer rebates of fuel price increases to agricultural and timber companies.

“I’m not saying that wouldn’t come through, but I’ve seen this before,” Choat said. “They promise you the moon and you don’t see nothing after they get it passed.”

Read more: https://www.oregonlive.com/environment/2019/06/oregon-truckers-make-themselves-heard-against-climate-bill-in-salem.html

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Fri Jun 28, 2019, 08:22 PM

1. so they don't want help putting out the more frequent forest fires then? nt

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