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Local Leader Raises Rural Concerns About Oregon Cap and Trade

A leader in Deschutes County argued that Oregon cap and trade will disproportionately impact rural communities, just as California billionaire Tom Steyer waved off those concerns.

By NTK Staff | 02.23.2018 @12:00pm
Local Leader Raises Rural Concerns About Oregon Cap and Trade

Deschutes County Commissioner Tony DeBone, a member of the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB) and the Oregon Farm Bureau, wrote an op-ed published Thursday that warns of the impact proposed cap-and-trade legislation will have on rural communities.

DeBone wrote:

Who will be disproportionately impacted by this gas price increase? Rural residents who drive farther for work and family errands than their urban counterparts. Most troubling is that the cap-and-trade plan gives unelected bureaucrats at the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality the authority to increase the tax on carbon at their discretion, without the approval of our elected representatives.

…Most importantly, many of the people we serve live on low, fixed incomes. Because of the increase in gasoline, electricity and natural gas, a typical Oregon family is going to pay $50 to $125 per month, depending on where in the state they live. They simply should not have to pay higher prices on energy when they can barely stay afloat right now.

Ironically, DeBone’s op-ed came as Californian billionaire Tom Steyer largely dismissed rural concerns in an interview about Steyer’s support for Oregon style “cap and trade.”

“One of the things that cap and trade lets you do is figure out if someone is going to be disadvantaged. If rural citizens or businesses are going to be disadvantaged, the program itself can be adjusted to direct either resources or permits to them. So if you look and see what happened in 2017 in California, a bunch of the Republicans who did support it were from the Central Valley, the heart of agriculture in the state. They came as part of an agriculture block, and the system is set up in such a way so to address any harm that could come about.”

In an argument between the local DeBone and California liberal Tom Steyer, we’re willing to bet DeBone would get a better reception in Oregon than Steyer.

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