Supporters of controversial climate bill rally in Salem

Officials with group Renew Oregon said more than 1,000 people attended a rally to show their support for Senate Bill 1530.

Posted: Feb 11, 2020 6:31 PM

SALEM, Ore. -- Supporters of the controversial cap-and-trade bill made their voices heard at the Oregon Capitol on Tuesday.

Officials with the group Renew Oregon said more than 1,000 people attended a rally to show their support for Senate Bill 1530.

If passed, it would impose a cap on carbon emissions and charge the state's largest polluters if they go over the cap.

Diane Phillips, who is from Azalea in Douglas County, said she and some friends carpooled in a Prius to get to the rally.

"I'm just a very concerned person about the earth and world that we live in," Phillips said. "I want to make the life that I have available for my grandchildren."

The group Timber Unity held a protest last week in opposition to the bill, saying it could cost them their jobs.

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Supporters of the bill not only waved signs outside the statehouse and heard speeches but also marched around the Capitol building on the sidewalk.

Oregon State University student Laura Rathbun said she wants lawmakers to act now.

"It could be amazing what we could do as an example here in Oregon if we actually did something," Rathbun said.

Senate Bill 1530 is currently in committee, and there's a work session hearing for it scheduled on Thursday.

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