Skip to comments.Editorial: Sen. Wyden disappoints, fails to deliver meaningful timber plan
Posted on 05/30/2013 5:58:25 PM PDT by george76
U.S. Sen. Ron Wydens long-anticipated plan for the Oregon & California Railroad trust lands amounts to a bold call for input.
Anyone who thought that Wyden would propose something specific has to be disappointed. Nevertheless, people as prominent and impatient as Gov. John Kitzhaber dutifully issued stilted remarks thanking Wyden for his leadership.
Tongues had to be firmly in cheek.
No one dared point out that the chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee had again failed to do anything to help the people who inhabit a large part of his state.
Instead of legislation, Wyden offered a framework for legislation. We are at a loss to see how this represents progress over Wydens previously released principles.
Wyden did manage to clarify two points: Hes eager to make hundreds of thousands of acres off-limits to logging, and he thinks people in depressed timber counties should pay higher taxes.
(Excerpt) Read more at nrtoday.com ...
Oregons timber counties suffer the economic consequences of an 84 percent reduction in timber harvests on O&C lands since 1990.
Time for states like Oregon to take back the 51% of the state the Feds own. We need to manage our own resources.
Pray for America to Wake Up
If this had been Oregon of 20 years ago, he’d be looking for work. The forests were the economy in the western part of the state (as in my WA)
However, the state is controlled by Portland, Eugene, etc communists. He will be easily re-elected and there will be parades in his honor.
Amen to that! Oregon and all the Western states should send the feds packing.
If we had Governors with backbones that is exactly what we would do.
“If we had Governors with backbones that is exactly what we would do.”
Politicians do the bidding of the people who fund their campaigns and provide them with cushy lobbying and consulting jobs when they leave office. Apparently in Oregon the environmentalist lobby spends more time taking care of the politicians than the timber industry and the people who work in it.
I worked at a very large forest products company. A BIG one.
At the time of my retirement (3 years ago), I was stunned at the amount of Birkenstocks and hackey sack types working at HQ. It was not that way 35 years ago when I started in the industry. They have infiltrated.
It would be hard to find an editorial like his in any Western Washington newspaper. Nobody dares criticize a Democrat officeholder.
Why would he “deliver” for Oregon....he lives in New York!!!
That IS the answer.
There is no other answer.
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NM Senators Udall and Heinrich did the same in March, helping Obama designate a portion of north central NM (Taos area) as a national monument. No trees there but other resources such as volcanic perlite.
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The two huge issues with the "O&C" counties...
One - There is no legitimate reason for the federal government to own and control that land forever. When O&C went bust it should have been re-granted or sold, there just is no constitutional power allowing it to have title in perpetuity (if ever at all).
Two - The potential state and county revenues from legitimate and wise use of that land (if that potential is defined as matching historic levels), while great, do not come even close to covering that region's unfunded PERS liability.
So there is the whole truth of it - By all levels of government, Oregon taxpayers have been hosed.
Still and all it needs to be TAKEN BACK.
I can speak of Wyden and his partner in crime Defazio of Oregon, where I observed their ascendancy during the Soviet era. I believe they were some of the youth about which Bezmenov spoke, true enemies of America, and they came to politics straight out of academia, to keep the dream alive.