Hundreds of truckers descend on Oregon Capitol to protest cap-and-trade emissions bill

Overdrive – by Matt Cole

Hundreds of truck drivers – many from the logging industry – reportedly descended on the Oregon Capitol on Thursday to protest emissions control legislation in the state’s Senate.

The truckers were protesting a cap-and-trade bill, House Bill 2020, that would place a cap on greenhouse gas emissions, and businesses that produce more pollution would be required to purchase tradable “credits” or “allowances” for every ton of greenhouse gas they emit. 

The Oregon Trucking Associations says the bill would increase business costs for trucking companies, as well as increase fuel prices in the state.

The bill passed the Oregon House on June 17 and has been with the Senate since. According to a report from The Oregonian, 11 Republican senators walked out of proceedings on June 19 and have yet to return to prevent a quorum that could lead to the bill passing the Senate. Oregon has 30 senators, and state law requires 20 to be present in the chamber to do business. A Fox News report states that the Oregon legislative session ends Sunday, June 30, and any bills not passed by that date will die.

The Salem Reporter says the truckers were also protesting House Bill 2007, which would ban the titling of certain trucks with diesel engines of a certain age in the greater Portland area – Multnomah, Clackamas and Washington counties. Log trucks, farm tractors and more would be exempt from this law, however.

Some photos and videos from the protests can be seen here from the Salem Reporter, as well as below:

5 thoughts on “Hundreds of truckers descend on Oregon Capitol to protest cap-and-trade emissions bill

  1. This whole cap and trade con really hits at the core of corruption today. Just one volcano eruption does more to erode the ozone than 20 years of everyday life. Quit with the Al Gore get rich fast schemes already, we’ve already been conned beyond belief. We’ve listened to all the billionaire bullshit, completely unfounded crap disproved by thousands of scientist world wide, yet they still throw this garbage at the little guy, billionaires buying private jets, watering massive lawns, smoking huge cigars, running massive estates and floating around in 500 ft yachts burning massive amounts of fuel.

    How much more of this bullshit can the human specie take for fk sakes?

    1. F%&king commies waited till I moved here to kick their agenda into high gear, Mark.

      I AM disappointed, to say the least… FILTHY BAST@RDS!!!!! 😡

  2. This is a communist scam with the underlying intention of trying to crush industry in rural areas so they can force those very same people to flee into the cities where they can be more controlled and contained. This is some evil stuff.

  3. When the gummint passes “cap and trade” on us rural folks using wood-burning stoves in the winter using kindling and oak wood from trees on our property or the local brush pile (for one thing, to mitigate against wild fires) stating we can only burn so much wood (why let us “little people” warm our homes we built with wood when theycan just let the whole place burn down with a wild fire using unmitiagted dead tree wood!)…let me know.

  4. Boy are my eyes getting bad…..

    Had to put my glasses on for this one.

    I thought the article said….

    “Hundreds of f!@ckerz descend on Oregon Capitol to protest cap-and-trade emissions bill”.

    I thought maybe they were looking for those missing Oregon Republicans that the LGBTQ State police are searching for in other states AWOL.

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