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Oregon legislators plan to take cap and trade show on the road

Last week, hundreds of Oregonians came to the Capitol to support cap and trade legislation, moving through the committee process. (Aubrey Wieber/Salem Reporter)

SALEM — Oregon’s proposed cap and trade system will change the state’s economy, providing lucrative opportunities to some industries and potentially putting others out of business.

Those concerns were laid out in hours of testimony before legislators in Salem over the past week.

But so far, little has been said about the impact on Oregonians who don’t work in an industry that would face tightening emission restrictions.

Starting Friday, those people will get a chance for their say about one of the most sweeping environmental proposals facing the Legislature. Citizens can testify at the 1 p.m. hearing at the Capitol before the Joint Committee on Carbon Reduction.

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