I read David Yamamoto’s editorial on HB 2020, the Oegon Climate Change (cap and trade) bill with interest. Our elected official here in Tillamook County undoubtably feels strongly about the need to have defeated this legislation. From here, I hope that he leads the way to advance his recognition that “we truly need to address climate change”. We will not “preserve our way of life” here in Tillamook County if the challenges and sacrifices that need to be made to address this global challenge are not rapidly put in place. Cap and trade was a Republican concept to begin with and HB 2020 the result of many compromises. I urge our state and local officials to work to help pass legislation to address global warming in the next session and to more importantly, to transform the Tillamook County economy into a sustainable one going forward in light of the climate realities.
Commissioner Yamamoto is a thoughtful and smart person who has worked in the forest product industry and may have allegiances there that inform his views. We would all like to see Tillamook County thrive with family wage jobs for its inhabitants. His constituency extends beyond the special interests that he seems to be representing around this issue. Our grandchildren are depending on it.