McCain onboard for cap and trade, so where is Gordon Smith?

Well folks, the Post-Bush era of climate change policy has begun in the U.S. Senator John McCain in a speech in Portland yesterday addressed global warming, vowing to set limits on green house gas emissions and to implement a carbon cap-and-trade scheme.

So if the anointed leader of the Republican party is on board to reduce carbon emissions, you might think a Republican, Oregon senator up for election this year might want to get behind this issue, since it’s obviously important to his constituents.

In fact, according to the Register-Guard McCain spokesman Jeff Sadosky said McCain chose Oregon as a backdrop for his climate change speech because it is a state with “a high percentage of independent voters and a reputation for weighing environmental issues when sizing up candidates.”

Nonetheless, Gordon Smith is unfazed and has kept his head in the sand. Smith has had ample opportunity to take a leadership role for Oregon on climate change policy by joining Senator Wyden in sponsoring the Warner-Lieberman Climate Security Act, but instead he’s chosen to duck that responsibility.

Our fisheries are in decline, and are further threatened by global warming, especially in the Columbia Basin. Even if you feel that climate change is inevitable, an act of God, etc., you need to be behind the Warner-Lieberman Climate Security Act if you care about fishing. The fact is that climate change is happening and a Cap-and-Trade system will help fund wildlife projects that will help our fisheries adapt to a warmer, changed earth.

Gordon Smith is running agains two Democratic candidates with strong environmental records. I urge you to read up on Jeff Merkley’s environmental info as well as Oregon Dem primary primary candidate Steve Novick. And please sign up for the National Wildlife Federation’s Target Global Warming Campaign.

Contact Gordon Smith:
Washington, DC Office
404 Russell Building
Washington, DC 20510
Phone: 202.224.3753
Fax: 202.228.3997

Eugene, OR Office
Wayne Morse Federal Courthouse
405 East 8th Avenue
Eugene, OR 97401
Phone: 541.465.6750
Fax: 541.465.6808

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Matt Stansberry currently lives in Eugene, Oregon with his wife and son.
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2 Responses to McCain onboard for cap and trade, so where is Gordon Smith?

  1. onemuleteam says:

    Wonder if the same geniuses who thought our recent cold snap disproved global climate change will have a Damascus experience when the mecury hits 92 on Friday.

    Maybe then Smith could move on this . . . .

  2. Eric says:

    I would think Gordon Smith would get his head out of the sand and will back him. He will.

    If you want to address climate change…I don’t think McCain is the best man to take on this job. He may be the man to handle other important issues we face in America…..but I strongly recommend Obma for the job.

    He has offered a much more aggressive approach long ago. He has also stated he will go beyond McCains limit/cap plan. Obama plans to hold corporate polluters responsible for what they are doing that directly effects global warming by giving them stiff fines to force them to change and make america more green. He is going to take that money….billions and will invest all of it in alternitive fuels.

    You want to tackle climate change…you need to get the canidate that will truelly bring the most change. Obama

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