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Hey, Rob Cornilles, are you a 'climate zombie'?

Ecotrope | Oct. 11, 2010 2:26 p.m. | Updated: Feb. 19, 2013 1:45 p.m.

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GOP candidate Rob Cornilles is taking on longtime U.S. Rep. David Wu (D-Ore.). But for some the question is not whether he will win but, rather, whether he is 'infected' with the 'climate zombie' virus.

GOP candidate Rob Cornilles is taking on longtime U.S. Rep. David Wu (D-Ore.). But for some the question is not whether he will win but, rather, whether he is 'infected' with the 'climate zombie' virus.

RL Miller at Grist is tracking climate zombies this election season, and he says Oregon is “surprisingly infested” with candidates who aren’t likely to take action to curb climate change if they get elected.

But Miller couldn’t peg U.S. Rep. David Wu’s 1st District Republican challenger Rob Cornilles – perhaps for lack of a voting record. Cornilles, owner of the sports consulting business Game Face Inc., is venturing into politics for the first time this year and giving Wu a rare run for his money.

So, I wonder: How do you test for this so-called “climate zombie” infection? Would a zombie admit to being a zombie? Miller says all he could find was evidence on his website that Cornilles “seems to favor green energy.”

I interviewed Cornilles for The Daily Astorian early this year, and I reported two things that might have bearing on this discussion:

  1. He would have opposed the cap-and-trade bill that Wu voted for; and
  2. He supports liquefied natural gas development in Oregon.

Miller says there are six zombie candidates in Oregon elections (though he hedges on gubernatorial candidate Chris Dudley, who came out somewhere in the middle in last month’s live, televised debate).

Here’s his reasoning:

“By harvesting the trees and burning what’s leftover on large sections of forest we break the cycle of disease and death caused by the mismanagement of court battles and government agencies.  Burning of what’s leftover cuts the acidity of soil and water and kills bugs and diseases, then replanting completes the cycle.  Young rapidly growing Douglas fir trees are one of the most efficient carbon removal systems available!  Now the oceans are becoming more acidic as well and would be helped by the same process. When you warm water it does not change the PH.  Those who believe global warming is a problem and carbon is contributing, should be behind this plan, when a tree dies in the forest and begins to decay, the carbon it has inhaled is released into the atmosphere! So if the tree is 80 it will release 480 tons of carbon into the atmosphere, if the same tree is cut down for Lumber and homes are constructed with the wood, the carbon remains locked in the dwelling! A rapidly growing Douglas fir tree removes 6 tons of carbon from the atmosphere annually. That is more than the average family of 4 produces!”

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