Activists rally at Capitol to promote carbon tax
A new citizen group lobbying for a carbon tax to stem climate change is sponsoring what it bills as Oregons first Climate Action Day at the state Capitol.
Oregon Climate Action Now is sponsoring the event on Wednesday, May 22, on the Capitol lawn, starting at 11 a.m. Activists will display a 100-foot-long salmon with scales more than 1,300 Oregonians from recycled cardboard.
Rep. Jules Bailey, D-Portland, will be one of the speakers at the rally, which begins at 12:15 p.m.
Bailey is sponsoring a carbon tax bill in this years legislative session. Experts say the No. 1 way to bring broad-based reductions in greenhouse gas emissions is by levying a surcharge on fossil fuels, either through a carbon tax or a cap-and-trade system.
Bailey and other supporters say a carbon tax can be enacted in a "revenue-neutral" fashion so it's not a tax increase.