State of Oregon Archives: on Environment


Bud Pierce: Enhance infrastructure & natural resource based jobs

Q: How would you ensure that everyone who wants a job can find one?

PIERCE: Listening to industry in the private sector and advocating for public policies that grow the economy and add jobs, by enhancing growth in manufacturing and in natural resource based jobs (with an emphasis on timber), and by increasing infrastructure jobs by building roads, bridges, ports, and rail service.

Source: League of Women Voters Guide to 2016 Oregon Senate race Sep 9, 2016

Mark Callahan: Constitution disallows so much federal land ownership

Federal Lands: The Federal Government has not been following the U.S. Constitution, nor the O&C Lands Act in regards to Federal lands. 53% of Oregon is "supposedly" owned by the Federal Government. I was recently in Nevada, and 90% of Nevada is "supposedly" owned by the Federal Government. This clearly indicates that the Federal Government is not following the U.S. Constitution.
Source: Ballotpedia.org on 2016 Oregon Senate race Aug 31, 2016

Kevin Stine: Common sense solutions to ensure environmental security

Q: Do you support or oppose the statement, "EPA regulations are too restrictive"?

A: Oppose. We can use common sense solutions to ensure environmental security without going too far.

Source: Email interview on 2016 Oregon Senate race with OnTheIssues Jan 1, 2016

Bud Pierce: Maintain forestlands through proper forest management

Oregon is known for its clear water, natural resources and clean air. 30 million of Oregon's 63 million acres are forestland. Oregon has a long history of supporting its forests and became the first state to adopt a law governing forest practices and protecting natural resources such as fish, water, air, soil and wildlife. The Oregon Forest Practices Act contains strict environmental standards that serve our land and natural resources well.

Forestry in Oregon provides approximately 57,000 jobs with an annual payroll of $2.1 billion. These are jobs that keep Oregon moving and keep our forests healthy.

Bud Pierce wants to keep Oregon at the forefront of innovation when it comes to using and, taking care of, our state's timber resources. Therefore, we need to maintain Oregon's vast forestlands through proper forest management techniques that will help prevent the severe wildfires Oregonians are experiencing during this incredibly dry summer.

Source: 2016 Oregon Gubernatorial campaign website BudPierce.com Dec 9, 2015

Monica Wehby: Fisherman, miners, and loggers need a partner in D.C.

Monica has traveled all across Oregon meeting with farmers, fisherman, ranchers, miners, and loggers. These hard-working Americans have seen their industries and their jobs decimated by a federal government they believe is not on their side.

Dr. Wehby believes that we need leaders in D.C. who will take a truly balanced approach when it comes to protecting our state's jobs and natural resources. The Federal government telling our state we can't use our timber resources is like telling Texans they can't drill for oil. There is a human cost to over-regulation that comes from a federal bureaucracy in Washington D.C. that doesn't seem to care about the impact that their policies have on working families.

The people who live in these areas have been good stewards of their lands for generations. They are not looking to harm the environments they live in. They just want an honest partner in D.C. that isn't looking to take away their right to work.

Source: 2014 Ore. Senate campaign website, www.MonicaForOregon.com Mar 18, 2014

Jason Conger: Higher timber harvests on public land

Conger criticized Merkley for not jumping into the fight over legislation on the management of the Oregon & California Railroad grant lands in western Oregon.

Merkley has said he's ready to work with Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden--who chairs the committee with jurisdiction over federal forest lands--and others on a solution to the O&C issue.

Conger comes from a more rural part of the state and has a record in the Legislature of supporting higher timber harvests on public land. Conger supports a House-passed bill that would put about 1.6 million acres of O&C land into a state-managed trust primarily for timber production. Wyden has introduced a bill with more environmental safeguards that would have lower timber harvest targets

Said Conger in a release: "Sen. Jeff Merkley has not taken a position on any measure to reform O&C forest management or taken any action to effectively reduce joblessness and poverty in the state's forested communities."

Source: The Oregonian coverage of 2014 Oregon Senate race Dec 5, 2013

Jason Conger: Voted NO on prohibiting motorized mining in riverbeds

SB 838: Prohibits Motorized Mining (Bill Passed House, 33-27); Conger voted Nay
    The Legislative Assembly finds that:
  1. Prospecting, small scale mining and recreational mining are part of the unique heritage of Oregon
  2. Prospecting & small scale mining provide economic benefits to Oregon and local communities and support tourism, small businesses and recreational opportunities
  3. Exploration of potential mine sites is necessary to discover the minerals that underlie the surface and inherently involves natural resource disturbance
  4. Mining that uses motorized equipment in the beds and banks of the rivers of Oregon can pose significant risks to Oregon's natural resources, including fish and other wildlife, riparian areas, and water quality
  • A moratorium is imposed until 2021 on mining that uses any form of motorized equipment for the purpose of extracting gold, silver or any other precious metal from placer deposits of the beds or banks of the waters of this state.
    Source: 2013-2014 Oregon Senate & House legislative voting records Jul 7, 2013

    Jason Conger: Rated 53% by Conservation Voters; 80% by Humane Society

    2011: Oregon League of Conservation Voters (OLCV)--Positions: rated Congers at 53%.

    Organization description: "Oregon League of Conservation Voters is the political arm of the environmental movement in Oregon. OLCV is supported by environmentally concerned Oregonians who believe in using the political process to protect Oregon's environment."

    2011: Oregon Humane Society--Positions: rated Congers at 80%.

    Organization description: "To foster an environment of respect, responsibility, and compassion for all animals through education, legislation, and leadership. To care for the homeless, to defend the abused, and to fight with unrelenting diligence for recognition of the integrity of all animals."

    Source: VoteSmart ratings: 2014 Oregon Senate legislative session Dec 31, 2011

    Jim Huffman: End restrictions for logging federal timber land

    Huffman favors restraining government so the private sector can flourish and create jobs. He argued for extending tax breaks up for review in Congress, an end to stimulus spending, a balanced budget amendment, free trade and an ease on business regulations and on restrictions for logging federal timber land.

    Wyden argued that tax reform, timber land use compromises and government efforts to foster more green industries promise to give Oregon's economy a boost.

    Source: OregonLive.com coverage of 2010 Oregon Senate debate Oct 22, 2010

    Jim Huffman: Upset at impact on rural communities from logging ban

    Huffman says the federal government cripples small businesses with uncertainty over taxes and has crushed Oregon's rural economy by barring logging on 80% of federal public lands, which make up 53% of the state. "Nothing has gotten me more upset in the 6 months I have spent traveling around the state than seeing the impact on the rural communities of what the federal government has done with the natural resources in this state," he said.

    Wyden says Huffman's opposition to complicated legislation he' worked out among warring interests over the use of forests in Eastern Oregon defines how the two candidates differ. "He doesn't want people to work to find common ground," Wyden said.

    Huffman said he opposes Wyden's forestry plan because it forges agreements with some, but not all, of the parties involved. Some mills, e.g., would not benefit from the Eastside Forest Plan, and he questions whether it would create any more jobs. "I'm not against collaboration," he said. "We need to be realistic."

    Source: Oregon Live coverage of 2010 Oregon Senate Debate Oct 8, 2010

    Ron Wyden: Worked out compromise Eastside Forest Plan

    Huffman supports fewer restrictions on economic uses of federal lands. He says the federal government cripples small businesses with uncertainty over taxes and has crushed Oregon's rural economy by barring logging on 80% of federal public lands, which make up 53% of the state.

    Wyden says Huffman's opposition to complicated legislation, the Eastside Forest Plan, he's worked out among warring interests over the use of forests in Eastern Oregon defines how the two candidates differ. "He doesn't want people to work to find common ground," Wyden said.

    Huffman said he opposes Wyden's forestry plan because it forges agreements with some, but not all, of the parties involved. "I'm not against collaboration," he said. "We need to be realistic about it."

    Wyden says his forest plan is just one example of how he has been able to get results in Washington's toxic partisan climate. He is casting himself as different, as one who is "always going to try to find common ground."

    Source: Oregon Live coverage of 2010 Oregon Senate Debate Oct 8, 2010

    Gordon Harold Smith: Inserted Oregon timber payments into $70 bailout bill

    Smith noted that he was able to restore federal timber payments to Oregon counties by inserting it in the federal economic bailout bill--a bill Merkley had said he would have opposed.

    Merkley responded that Smith had never been able to restore the payments while Republicans controlled the Senate. “We need to have a son of a timber family to fight for timber payments,” said Merkley, who was born in timber-dependent Douglas County and whose father once owned a mill.

    Source: 2008 Oregon Senate Debate reported in Statesman Journal Oct 14, 2008

    Gordon Harold Smith: Create more jobs in timber industry

    Both Smith & Merkley said they wanted to do more to promote timber harvesting as a way to beef up the state’s economy.

    Smith said 8 billion board feet were harvested during the 1980s, which he thought was too much. As opposed to his opponent, Smith said he wants to create a timber industry that will offer more jobs.

    Merkley said that a sustainable forest harvest is important for the economy. He said that both Bush and Smith have caused the state to lose 12,000 jobs in the timber industry.

    Source: 2008 Oregon Senate Debate, in Southern Ore. Mail Tribune Oct 14, 2008

    Jeff Merkley: Son of a timber family; will fight for timber payments

    Smith noted that he was able to restore federal timber payments to Oregon counties by inserting it in the federal economic bailout bill--a bill Merkley had said he would have opposed.

    Merkley responded that Smith had never been able to restore the payments while Republicans controlled the Senate. “We need to have a son of a timber family to fight for timber payments,” said Merkley, who was born in timber-dependent Douglas County and whose father once owned a mill.

    Source: 2008 Oregon Senate Debate reported in Statesman Journal Oct 14, 2008

    Jeff Merkley: Sustainable forest harvest important for economy

    Both Smith & Merkley said they wanted to do more to promote timber harvesting as a way to beef up the state’s economy.

    Smith said 8 billion board feet were harvested during the 1980s, which he thought was too much. As opposed to his opponent, Smith said he wants to create a timber industry that will offer more jobs.

    Merkley said that a sustainable forest harvest is important for the economy. He said that both Bush and Smith have caused the state to lose 12,000 jobs in the timber industry.

    Source: 2008 Oregon Senate Debate, in Southern Ore. Mail Tribune Oct 14, 2008

    Kate Brown: Supports watershed planning & reservoir drawdowns

    Source: Oregon Legislative 1996 National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 1996

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