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'The only way to save pulp and paper mills and Oregon manufacturing is to stop the politicking and get serious about a carbon reduction policy that doesn't annex our state into California'

The politics surrounding Senate Bill 1530 are deeply disappointing. The proponents are desperate to pass a bill that will result in no significant environmental gains but will greatly burden the pocket books of our constituents.

FILE PHOTO - Sen. Betsy Johnson, D-Scappoose On Monday, Feb. 17, one of the co-sponsors of the bill proposed that opponents of SB 1530 seek a last-minute amendment to benefit pulp and paper mills. This thinly veiled attempt to "improve" the bill by holding good union pulp and paper workers hostage is unacceptable. If the co-sponsor of the bill thinks we can "save" pulp and paper jobs with an amendment, why wasn't the fix included in the original bill? Why wouldn't the co-sponsors use their superior negotiating position to add the amendment themselves? How disingenuous is it to ask opponents of SB 1530 to beg for their constituents' jobs? FILE PHOTO - Rep. Brad Witt, D-Clatskanie The only way to save pulp and paper mills and Oregon manufacturing is to stop the politicking and get serious about a carbon reduction policy that doesn't annex our state into California — where there are no pulp mills thanks to the cap and trade program.

Sen. Betsy Johnson, D-Scappoose

Rep. Brad Witt, D-Clatskanie

Editor's note: Sponsors of Senate Bill 1530 are Sen. Arnie Roblan, D-Coos Bay (District 5); Sen. Michael Dembrow, D-Portland (District 23); Sen. Lee Beyer, D-Springfield (District 6); and Sen. Kathleen Taylor, D-Souteast Portland (District 21).


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