LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Sen. Chuck Thomsen violating public trust by walking out of the Capitol
On Monday, Sen. Chuck Thomsen, R-Hood River, abandoned his post in the Legislature, thus violating his oath of office as senator and betraying the trust of voters in Senate District 26.
This was an attempt to thwart the democratic process by denying a quorum for a vote on Senate Bill 1530, Oregon's signature climate legislation. Whether or not Sen. Thomsen agrees with this bill, he owes it to the people of his district to at least show up for the floor vote.
Oregon is poised, through the proposed cap-and-trade legislation in SB 1530, to establish a timeline for drastically lowering greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.
A 2018 opinion poll showed that 76% of Oregonians, including 60% of Oregon Republicans, wanted to see carbon dioxide regulated as a pollutant. Chuck Thomsen is out of step with Oregonians, and he is on the wrong side of history.
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