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Hundreds of timber workers and supporters gather to protest cap and trade, diesel standards

Logging trucks line up in front of the Oregon Capitol. (Saphara Harrell/Salem Reporter)

Loggers and logging trucks made their way from the fairgrounds in Salem to the Capitol this morning to protest two bills – House Bills 2020 and 2007.

 A long convoy of logging trucks drove along Court Street honking, while people held signs and cheered.

Traffic backed up into south Salem along Commercial Street SE and Liberty Street SE as more trucks drove toward the Capitol.

By 8 a.m., hundreds of people were on the Capitol Mall, wearing chrome and colored hard hats, suspenders and boots, cheered on by pop songs blaring from overhead speakers. Dozens if not hundreds of semi trucks and pickup trucks with flags and painted messages protesting the bill . . .