GOP Walkout Protesting Cap and Trade Bill Continues

It’s been one week since eleven republican senators walked out of the Oregon capitol and left to the state in order to block a vote on an emissions-lowering climate proposal. Senate President Peter Courtney has assured the senators that House Bill 2020 doesn’t have enough support among democrats to pass, but the republican senators are still not convinced.

Senate Minority Leader Herman Baertschiger said that republicans are, “sorting out” what to do next.

The legislative session technically ends on Sunday, but Governor Kate Brown has said she is prepared to call a special session next week.

Outside of the Senate loggers and truckers have been the most vocal opponents of House Bill 2020 and today, they made their voices heard loud and clear.

A long convoy of logging trucks drove outside of the capitol building as supporters on the side of the road cheered them on. There were dozens of semi trucks and pickup trucks with flags and painted messaged protesting the bill.

Opponents of the climate-action bill say that it would increase the cost of motor vehicle fuels and fear it could further limit how much logging could be done in the state.

However those that support House Bill 2020 say they want the state to take climate change seriously.

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