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EDITORIAL: Carbon plan must heed needs of rural Oregon

Across Oregon in recent days, people have bravely stepped in front of what seems to be a runaway train – the plan to limit polluting emissions. Now, we’ll see if the political engineers in Salem will acknowledge those voices and bring sanity to this effort to save the planet.

At issue is an ambitious plan known as “cap and trade” – a public policy to force polluters to reduce their emissions or pay a stiff price for continuing their practices. They could only continue emitting greenhouse gases if they paid for the right, buying credit from industry that does hit the new limits.

The legislation pending in Salem – House Bill 2020 – is a Democratic initiative to push through what didn’t survive in 2017. This time, Democrats have such dominant control of the House and Senate that they can ram through the plan despite . . .