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Oregon Farm Leader: Cap-and-Trade Will Hurt Ag Community That Employs 300K

The Oregon Farm Bureau Federation is sounding the alarm on proposed cap-and-trade legislation.

By NTK Staff | 01.31.2018 @3:00pm
Oregon Farm Leader: Cap-and-Trade Will Hurt Ag Community That Employs 300K

Cap-and-trade is a topic of discussion for liberals in Oregon, some of whom want to pass a cap-and-trade bill in the abbreviated 35-day session Oregon’s state legislature is about to hold in February. Their efforts took a hit this week when top Democrats cast doubt on the ability to pass such a large effort in one month.

Top Democrats in the Oregon Senate said on Monday that the 35-day session that begins next week is too short to pass a statewide cap and pricing plan for greenhouse gas emissions.

Their comments suggest supporters of the climate plan lack the votes necessary to achieve even a simple majority in the Senate, where Democrats hold a 17-13 edge.

But, in case the effort does gain momentum, the president of the Oregon Farm Bureau Federation is sounding the alarm.

Barry Bushue wrote an op-ed in the Capital Press under the headline “Cap And Trade Will Hurt, Not Bolster, The Ag Community In Oregon.” In the op-ed, Bushue argues that the bill will 1) “not decrease global greenhouse gas emissions” and 2) “levy downstream financial impacts on farm families.”

The proposal being considered will not decrease global greenhouse gas emissions. However, it will reduce the viability of Oregon’s homegrown businesses and levy downstream financial impacts on farm families. The cap and trade bill will drive up the cost of resources we need to support investments in carbon reduction and grow valuable jobs across our state. By adopting California’s unsuccessful cap and trade program and creating an economy-wide price on carbon we would immediately drive up the cost of electricity, increase fuel by a minimum of 16 cents per gallon and drive thousands of jobs away from Oregon.

Bushue noted in the opening paragraph of his op-ed that Oregon’s agriculture community employs 300,000 in the state.

The Oregon Farm Bureau represents “nearly 7,000 farming and ranching members raising over 220 different types of crops and livestock, and a total membership of 66,000 Oregon families.”

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