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Letter to the Editor: Brown for environment

To the editor:

The Trump administration is continuing its wholesale destruction of environmental protections and its assault on our public lands. It couldn’t be a more important time to have a solid environmental champion as our governor.

Gov. Kate Brown has worked hard for a healthy environment. She passed “Cleaner Air Oregon,” which established new standards to protect air quality. She negotiated a transportation package that includes sensible climate actions and overcame opposition from polluters to establish the clean fuel standard. She supported the coal-to-clean energy bill, ending the use of coal in Oregon by 2030. And she supports “cap and trade/invest” in partnership with our neighboring western states for reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.

Gov. Brown has also been a champion for our public lands, protecting the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument and keeping the Elliott State Forest in public hands.

The contrast is stark between her record and that of Republican challenger Knute Buehler. Buehler voted against protecting Elliott State Forest in 2017 (SB 5505), voted against the transportation funding package, and voted against the Clean Fuels Program in 2015 (SB 324). He has voted to support fracking, and opposes “cap and trade/invest” for CO2 reduction. He has a lifetime “F” rating from the Oregon League of Conservation voters, which reflects a consistent disregard for conservation.

Our children and grandchildren deserve a healthy environment and public lands to use and enjoy. Kate Brown is my clear choice for governor.

Jim Appleton



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