Critics Blast Oregon’s Efforts to Phase Out Petroleum Diesel and Restrict Farming

A series of climate bills now before the Oregon legislature could devastate rural communities and further fuel inflation, according to detractors. 
The bills would phase out petroleum-based diesel fuel, levy sweeping new taxes on tires and off-road agriculture equipment, and place a moratorium on new and existing dairy and poultry farms, the majority of which are family owned and operated.
The farm moratorium “would magnify the strain on our food supply chain and further drive up costs for milk, chicken, eggs, beef, and pork,” wrote Republican state Rep. Cyrus Javadi, whose district on the northern Oregon coast has a timber, agriculture and dairy-based economy….

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