Oppose LNG project
I want to thank Bill Gow, a Douglas County rancher, for his thoughtful guest opinion regarding the Jordan Cove LNG/Pacific Connector Pipeline project. FERC twice rejected Veresen’s permit application, most recently because negative impacts outweighed any positive benefits the project would bring.
Gow highlights the dishonesty of politicians who claim support of private property rights yet endorse eminent domain for a foreign company. Yes, farmer and landowner rights will be trampled, and portions of their lands ruined. Additionally: Nearly 400 rivers and streams would be threatened (affecting fishing industries); the terminal will be located in the tsunami zone, placing 16,000 people in the "Hazardous Burn Zone"; exporting our natural gas to Asia is expected to raise prices at home by 36 percent to 54 percent. Oregon tourism, which depends on clean water and unspoiled land, is a $11.3 billion industry, directly generating 109,000 jobs, and secondarily creating 56,900 jobs — far more than the LNG project promises.
Whether you are a landowner along the route, enjoy fishing or hiking, a local business owner concerned about impacts, or just care about Oregon — oppose this project, as have the citizens of California, Washington and Canada. This is not a partisan issue.
Choose door No. 1
Ever watch “Let’s Make a Deal”? Behind doors are hidden deals: some have value, some are “zonk.” Should Oregonians, as contestants, accept door No. 1 or door No. 2?
Behind door No. 1 is something of value: it’s the Clean Energy Jobs Bill, which can reduce Oregon’s greenhouse gas emissions without compromising economic growth. Behind door No. 2 is the "zonk:" It’s a booby prize offered by the Koch brothers and fossil fuel corporations throwing money at Oregon to persuade us that climate action in our state is not warranted.
In 2007, Oregon’s Legislature established emissions-reduction goals for the state to be achieved through voluntary efforts. Unfortunately, the three major contributing sectors — transportation, utilities and industry — are not reducing emissions sufficiently to achieve these goals. Meanwhile, the current global trend will not meet the targets we need to achieve if we are to preserve a livable planet. Oregon should lead by example!
The 10 U.S. states that have imposed an emissions cap have exhibited economic growth exceeding the remaining 40 states lacking such a program. Oregon can join them.
Vote yes on 101
More than 1.1 million people are insured through the Oregon Health Plan or private insurance offered through the Oregon Marketplace. Voting yes on Measure 101 will protect that insurance. In addition, Measure 101 will lower the premiums for those who buy on the marketplace by an average of $300 a year.
If Measure 101 passes, insurance companies, hospitals and managed care organizations will be charged a fee that will generate between $210 million and $320 million, meeting Oregon’s 6 percent goal to qualify for federal matching funds of 94 percent. Those matching funds will bring in an additional $630 million to $960 million to the state. In addition, insurance companies may not increase premiums more than 1.5 percent to offset the fees.
Oregon has gained 23,300 health care jobs since Obamacare was implemented. The Economic Policy Institute estimates it would lose 42,000 jobs if the ACA were repealed.