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
Eugene, OR Office
Wayne Morse Federal Courthouse
405 East 8th Avenue
Eugene, OR 97401