Bentz drives plan to remove border region from proposed carbon emission mandate

Sen. Cliff Bentz (R-Ontario) wants to cushion portions of eastern Oregon from a proposed bill to limit carbon emissions. (The Enterprise/Pat Caldwell).

SALEM –Sen. Cliff Bentz played another card from a rapidity dwindling political deck recently in an effort to ease Malheur County impacts from a proposal to slash carbon emissions.

Bentz earlier this month proposed an amendment to the cap-and-trade legislation that would exclude – or “carve out” - portions of eastern Oregon for five years if the carbon plan is approved.

Whether Bentz succeeds is . . .