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Letters, Sept. 11

Refusing responsibility

Rep. Kim Wallan (Aug. 25) illustrates perfectly how Republicans refuse to accept responsibility for actions. Like Republicans throughout Oregon’s Legislature, Wallan denies responsibility for the global warming we are causing and rejects Oregon’s contribution to the problem.

Like so many uninformed Oregonians, Wallan blames our fires on reduced logging, but then points out that the density of trees in stands is way above historical numbers. Of course, the high density is small-diameter saplings that are not commercially valuable. Years of fire suppression probably increased this density. Logging is more the problem than the solution since logging activities produce more statewide emissions even than transportation. Logging takes out the larger trees and leaves small trees and slash piles as fuel promoting wildfires.

Oregon’s emissions may be small, but compared to the Oregon budget, so are my taxes. Does that absolve me of responsibility to pay tax? Of course not! But this is Wallan’s insane argument on global warming. The reality is that if we are to solve this global problem and protect our forests, all states and nations must reduce emissions.

Rather than accepting industry and Republican lies and misinformation, Wallan would be better advised to consult science before offering solutions.

Alan Journet, co-facilitator, Southern Oregon Climate Action Now (SOCAN)


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