Our long-time coastal state senator, Arnie Roblan, will be the key vote on the controversial cap-and-trade legislation being considered in Salem than began Feb. 3. In recent public comments on the bill, Sen. Roblan, a former educator, testified that he has heard from many kids around the state that they’re afraid of the impacts of climate change.
Roblan is right to consider our children when he decides the fate of the proposed cap-and-trade law. If he looks deeper into the issue, he’ll know why opposing this bill makes the most sense for our rural families and kids.
Climate change is a serious global issue. It deserves a serious, innovative solution.
Instead, Gov. Kate Brown and state lawmakers are proposing a money grab in green clothing that would erase job opportunities on our rural farms, forests and factories. The only thing cap and trade guarantees is that prices will get higher for those of us making honest livings. It is designed to make it more expensive for our local businesses to buy things like gasoline and natural gas that they need to operate.
An Oregon State University climate science expert testified publicly that the proposed law would have an “imperceptible” impact on global climate change. Cap and trade is a farce. No one should be fooled into thinking that icebergs will somehow re-freeze if tiny Oregon adopts a new law that guts rural communities to generate more money for our state government to spend as it pleases.
Oregon kids will be supremely disappointed when Brown’s crown jewel climate policy does not make a single dent in global climate change. Our kids are being sold a bill of goods, and that’s a shame. No one can say that cap and trade in Oregon will solve our climate problems.
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If cap and trade passes, radical environmental activists will celebrate its passage as the solution to global climate change. Then later, they will complain that their landmark new law isn’t doing enough for the environment and it needs to be even more costly. This new proposed version of cap and trade will never be enough. The only thing we know is that it will get worse.
Our kids will pay the price if cap and trade passes. Roblan’s district is already experiencing the consequences of costly regulations on rural Oregon. His kids, like many of our kids, have moved out of state in search of better jobs. He’s supposedly retiring from the Senate to spend more time with his grandkids, who will likely grow up in another state and have more opportunities elsewhere.
Roblan needs to give the rest of us a chance to watch our grandkids live and grow on the Oregon Coast. That means we need good, stable places for them to work in our farms, forests and factories. The only thing the proposed cap-and-trade law has promised is that people in our communities will lose their jobs, once again.
Even if the proposed law is deemed “safe” for now, we all know it will only get worse over time. If cap and trade passes, rural Oregon and our coastal communities will once again pay the price for Portland’s problems.
Roblan has an opportunity, as one of his final acts as our voice in Salem, to stand up for our blue-collar families on the coast and reject this law. We are looking to him to protect us so that we can remain here and raise families. If he chooses to support this fake environmental law, he will permanently stain his legacy of standing up to Portland on behalf of rural Oregonians.
Mike Montgomery is the third generation managing their family timberland west of Noti. He, along with his father and son, who is the fourth generation, do all the logging on their property. The property has been a productive tree farm for over 75 years.