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Tell Senator Wyden: Step up and be a Leader on Climate and Energy Policy

Wyden recently signaled a willingness to compromise with Senate Republicans.

Ron Wyden
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(EUGENE, OR) - Friends and family, season’s greetings from the proposed NW coal export corridor.

As the incoming chair of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, Oregon's own Senator Wyden is uniquely positioned to chart a different course for Oregon and the rest of the country.

But Senator Wyden hasn't stepped up to lead on climate and energy. He opposed a comprehensive environmental review of coal exports, has expressed concern about the impact of natural gas exports on consumer prices but hasn't flatly opposed them, and has heaped praise on fracking.

Worse, he's recently signaled a willingness to compromise with Senate Republicans to pass a new energy bill. It's critical for Senator Wyden to hear from his constituents that he can and should take a stand against expanding fossil fuel extraction and exports.

For some persuasive information, my recent PowerPoint slide presentation to prevent coal exports from the NW is attached.

Jack Dresser, Ph.D.

Behavioral Research Scientist

National vice-chair

Veterans for Peace Working Group on Palestine and the Middle East



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Anonymous December 15, 2012 4:12 pm (Pacific time)

1/2 of Oregon's electrical grid is powered by coal. Exporting this energy source has been going on for a long long time all over the world. They have far better safeguards than oil, natural gas and nuke power. So where'e the problem? Outside of a small squeaky group of people, who by the way use ample energy, there is nothing but rumor and innuendo. Considering that democrats primary financial source of campaign revenue is shrinking as more and more "Right to work" states are developing (bye to unions), are they hoping the energy industry is a future money source? Anyway, the coal people have good safeguards. In regards to climate change alarmists, you are seeing their last gasps as data comes in to disprove their faulty climate change models. Well off to get more gas for my snowmobile and go hunting for some meat.

Anonymous December 15, 2012 2:30 am (Pacific time)

Guess who is going to pay for this. Right the sheeple. Just squeeze every penny out of our pockets. We will end up as slaves for the Government. Way to go

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