Six days before a major bill to address climate change is expected to hit the floor of the U.S. Senate, a coalition of environmental and business groups is urging Northwest senators to support it. Rob Manning reports.
The Warner-Lieberman bill proposes a cap-and-trade system to cut carbon emissions 70 percent by 2050.
It also offers millions in renewable energy investments, and to help low-income households.
Recent climate science suggests global warming is likely to increase flooding, drought, and wildfires in Oregon.
Liz Hamilton with the Northwest Sport Fishing Association says climate change also threatens Pacific Salmon.
Liz Hamilton: “If we don’t address global warming today, it really won’t matter how many hatchery fish we throw out there, it won’t matter what we do to the dams, because we won’t sustain the life history from the degraded freshwater and ocean habitats.”
Backers of the so-called “Climate Security Act” are specifically targeting Sen. Gordon Smith, who has not voiced support. He’s also running for re-election.