Who gets to decide what is best for Oregon; for Oregon’s future; for Oregon’s citizens? Should it be rich Texans financed by large hedge fund operators such as MatlinPatterson Global get to decide? Leucadia National (Oregon LNG backer), a company that profits from mining and drilling, banking, and real estate speculation? Washington agencies that continue to approve LNG projects based upon limited scientific assessment? the state politicians that receive ongoing donations from LNG lobbyists? the media, including public broadcasting, that receive huge amounts of money from natural gas advertising? the unions, which have lobbied hard for temporary construction jobs? the permanent farm, vineyard, timber, and nursery workers whose jobs will be suspended and lost to LNG profits?
Perhaps Senators Wyden and Merkley understand that Oregon’s interests can best be decided by those who understand that what fits elsewhere doesn’t work in Oregon; because they realize that Oregon has independent scientists who have studied Oregon’s unique ecology, seismology, fluvial science, and topography and that these scientists are better equipped to decide what works for this state than are federal regulators who live 3,000 miles away.
Perhaps the senators are protecting my farm, which provides fruits and vegetables, the salmon spawning in my stream every November, the ancient trees on my land, my valuable workers whose jobs are as important to them as any other’s jobs are, and my grandson who attends school within yards of two proposed pipelines. Perhaps they see that LNG companies rejected by California and Mexico shouldn’t use Oregon to line their corporate pockets. Perhaps they know that Oregonians should chart our own energy future. Perhaps they represent those of us who can’t afford advertising or lobbyists and who need a voice.
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