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Oregon State Senator Tim Knopp speaks out from an undisclosed location after fleeing the state to dodge a climate change vote.
Loggers, truckers and other opponents of a cap-and-trade bill in the Oregon legislature rallied on the steps of the state capitol in Salem Thursday as the deadline for its potential passage neared.
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Critics say the bill -- aimed at limiting greenhouse gas emissions by auctioning off pollution allowances for carbon -- would harm rural industries in Oregon such as logging and farming. It has been on hold since Republicans walked out of the Senate on June 20 and fled the state to deny the chamber's Demoratic supermajority quorum to vote on the bill.
"We want to support the 11 senators who took the courageous step to shut this thing down and give people time to think," logger Jon Golly told KPTV. "This bill affects everyone. It's not just the timber industry. The price of goods and services all go up when you start raising the price of fuel."
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UN REPORT WARNS COMING 'CLIMATE APARTHEID' WILL SPLIT EARTH BETWEEN 'THOSE WHO ESCAPE' AND 'THOSE WHO WILL SUFFER'
Another logger, Mike Pihl, said he sympathized with Democrats' concern about carbon emissions, but believes the cap-and-trade is an existential threat to his business.
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"Today we're here for the cap-and-trade bill which is going to destroy rural Oregon," he told KPTV. "We're good, hardworking people, we're stewards of the ground. If this passes, you may as well wipe us off the map. We understand there's a global warming issue, but this...
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