Let's clean our air
Your Action of the Week is to
"Stop the dirty diesel trucks on Oregon roads"
Oregon’s air is toxic!
Stop the dirty diesel trucks on Oregon roads. Support strong diesel standards!
Hearing on HB 2007 on Tuesday, March 19, 2019 starting at 1 PM
Your action is needed to stop the dirty diesel trucks and equipment on Oregon’s roads and clean our toxic air.
After decades of allowing dirty diesel trucks to run on Oregon roads, the Oregon legislature is again taking up the issue. Both Washington and California have enacted standards regarding diesel trucks/equipment on their state roads. Because Oregon has failed in its past efforts, trucks no longer allowed in Washington and California have been sold by those states’ trucking firms to work the roads and construction sites of Oregon. According to a report in The Oregonian (Jan 2015), 350,000 such trucks failed to meet CA standards. CA regulations require pre-2010 diesel trucks to be off the road by 2023. Many have found and will find new lives here in Oregon. Our air is dirtier as a result, causing health problems like lung cancer, low-weight births, heart attacks and asthma.
And it is not just diesel trucks. Also showing up in Oregon are old off-road equipment like back-hoes, bulldozers and more.
Oregon standards and regulations need to be updated. HB2007 is the legislation to get this done..... if it is strengthened. HB2007 gives diesel operators a full decade to comply with regulations, a full 6 years longer than California operators have. Demand that Oregon deadlines meet those in California (2023 deadline for all trucks to meet the 2010 federal emissions standards). Further, HB2007 must close the Glider Truck loophole, which allows old diesel engines to be ‘hidden” from detection by failing to have an honest label on the truck and equipment. New truck bodies hid old diesel engines. This loophole must be closed. Oregon DEQ should be directed to develop a sticker identification program like California to make it easier to see that clean diesel standards are in place on construction sites.
Thank your US Representative
Your Action of the Week (March 6, 2019) is to
"Contact your US Representative and thank her/him"
Please contact Representatives Blumenuer, Bonamici , and DeFazio and thank him/her for being an original co-sponsor of at least two of these three bills. Contact Reps. Schrader and Walden and express your disappointment that they co-sponsored none of these bills.
1. HR1004 - Prohibiting Unauthorized Military Action in Venezuela Act. With the Trump administration ramping up attacks on the Venezuelan government of Pres. Muduro, including threats of military actions, Reps. Blumenauer and DeFazio joined other Representatives to tell Trump that military adventures in Venezuela are not acceptable. Any military action must be authorized by Congress before the action starts. Please call Rep. Bonamici and ask her to join Rep. Blumenauer and Rep. DeFazio by signing on now.
2. HJR48 - Amend US Constitution to say that money is not speech and corporations are not people. The US Supreme Court ruled in Citizens United that, because the courts have found that corporations have free speech rights as do people, laws banning corporations from engaging in candidate elections are unconstitutional. They thereby opened the money flood gates for corporate involvement in candidate elections. HJR48 is a proposed 28th constitutional amendment to allow those restrictions by declaring two principles: that money is not speech and can be regulated at all levels of government, and that corporations are not people and do not have our constitutional rights. Rep. Blumenauer, DeFazio and Bonamici all are among the 11 original co-sponsors of HJR48 this session and should be called with a Thank You message.
3. HR1384 - To establish an improved Medicare for All national health care program. Rep. Pramila Jayapal of Washington State has introduced a revised Medicare for All bill into Congress. In the past, this was bill HB676, but has now been improved to include more services, like prescription drugs, dental, hearing and mental health services, while having no co-pays or deductibles. Rep. Blumenauer, DeFazio and Bonamici are among the original 100 sponsors. Please thank them. Or if you are represented by Rep. Schrader or Walden, ask them to co-sponsor as well.
Rep. Blumenauer 503.231.2300
Rep. Bonamici 503.469.6010
Rep. DeFazio 541.465.6732
Rep. Schrader 503.588.9100
Rep. Walden 541.776.4646
Printable PDFs of
Action of the Week here.