April 26, 2010
Absent from the CRC Debate: the Legislature
A guest opinion piece by PSU's Ethan Seltzer points out that the Oregon Legislature has completely ceded leadership on the Columbia River Crossing.
Can we get them back in the game?
April 26, 2010 11:53 AM
Might there be an opportunity for the environmentalist left to ally with the no-taxes right on this one?
OTOH, the law doesn't require that the Legislature get specifically involved--were the legislature to do so, and try to stop the thing, would likely be spun as unwarranted political interference. (Which is the same thing as "leadership", just with different spin. :)
April 26, 2010 7:03 PM
Ron Swaren Says:
I did talk to a state legislator about two weeks ago who opined that the CRC wouldn't get built because both states are out of money. Next, I have contacted a certain Party Chair person.
IMO, the environmental thing to do is plan for only modest growth. Too many people here will make a lot more CO2 if that is what you are worried about, since natural gas is a main preferred heating method these days. ( I know heat pumps use electricity) Since our state is so spread out Oregonians tend to drive long distances for various purposes. I also believe that we will gradually get more energy efficient autos, since OPEC and miscellaneous middle east turmoil will keep fuel prices high. Even old fuel inefficient Ford Motors now has both efficient diesel power plants and hybrid technology, although they haven't yet combined the two..