SALEM — Union County Commissioner Paul Anderes spoke out against the state Senate’s cap-and-trade bill at a hearing Thursday of the Senate Environmental and Natural Resources Committee in Salem.
Anderes addressed the committee as a private citizen and not as a representative of the Union County Board of Commissioners. He said he opposes Senate Bill 1530 on three counts.
First, he asked for an ecological and economic study of the potential effects of the legislation on each of the 36 counties in Oregon.
Anderes told the committee he was concerned that positions and opinions on both sides of this issue have been based upon partisan politics and philosophical positioning rather than fact. He read from a letter similar to what the county board on Wednesday considered sending to the Legislature. The commissioners voted to wait to send the letter so they could address any amendments to SB 1530 and a second cap-and-trade bill, House Bill 4159.
Anderes also asked for the removal of the emergency clause from SB 1530. He said he was not arguing on whether Catastrophic Climate Change is an emergency but would argue that rushed decisions without an opportunity for the people of Oregon to speak is not how "our great state should do business."
In his third point, Anderes said he opposes the "carve outs" in SB 1530. These are businesses that would not be subject to carbon emission restrictions while others would be. Anderes said carve outs reflect weak legislation and give the illusion of politics rather than good policy.
Anderes also spoke briefly at Thursday's rally against cap and trade, again expressing his opposition to the legislation as a private citizen.
Hundreds of semis, dump trucks and other large vehicles flooded Salem to oppose the greenhouse gas reduction plan Thursday. Anderes described the noise from the big vehicles as deafening.
"It was incredible," Anderes said. "My ears are still ringing from the air horns."