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Trucks circle Oregon capitol for 'Timber Unity' rally against cap-and-trade

People traveled from across the state to protest against the climate action bill championed by Governor Kate Brown.

Posted: Feb 6, 2020 11:09 AM
Updated: Feb 6, 2020 5:48 PM

SALEM, Ore. — On Thursday hundreds of trucks and thousands of people circled the Capitol building in Salem for the second major Timber Unity Rally.

Several big rigs left the Douglas County fair grounds early Thursday morning to make it to Salem.

People traveled from across the state to protest against governor Kate Brown's proposed climate change legislative bills.

They are rallying because they believe the cap-and-trade plans would put the timber industry out of business, which would affect hundreds of working families.


CONTEXT: Timber Unity supporters plan another convoy to Salem in protest of returning cap-and-trade bill


James Jones, an employee with Gene Whitaker Trucking in Roseburg, is among those concerned. As a new employee, he fears he would be first to go if management were financially impacted by the bill.

"I am 26 years old. This is my new career, so I don't want to get kicked out as soon as I start," Jones said.

Jones pointed to a long history of logging in Oregon as one reason that legislation should not move forward.

"We've been logging in Oregon forever and ever. This whole country has been logging forever. I think it's something that should continue. Everything that gets pulled from the land gets replanted and it builds back up. It's sustainable," Jones said.


CONTEXT: Senate Bill 1530, the "Oregon Greenhouse Gas Initiative"


Jason Gonzales, who works for an environmentalist group called Oregon Wild, said the cap-and-trade bill would actually help the timber industry instead of hurt it. Gonzales said careful and sustainable logging will create more jobs in the state.

The Oregon Senate Committee on Environment and Natural Resources will be holding a hearing on the cap-and-trade bill at 3 p.m. in Hearing Room C of the Capitol.

“It is an honor to meet the Oregonians who are part of the Timber Unity rally," Senator Herman Baertschiger, R-Grants Pass, said in a statement on Thursday. "These are hard-working people who took the day off work to use their voices in a powerful way to stand against cap and trade. Today is a great day for Oregon.”

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