Bill Kerr, President of United Steelworkers Local 1097, spoke on behalf of more than 600 pulp and paper mill workers currently employed at a mill in rural Oregon at a recent public hearing on cap and trade. He and his co-workers work hard to produce products you and I rely on every day.
Bill’s mill faces intense competition from manufacturers in neighboring states and across the globe. In recent years, the industry has seen more than its fair share of job losses in Oregon. Industry experts have said 7 mills have closed since 1999, taking with them an estimated 1,700 jobs and millions of dollars in economic activity.
Now Bill is worried that the cap and trade bill being considered by lawmakers could lead to even further job losses. While mills like the one he works at have worked hard to reduce their carbon footprint and embrace renewable energy, the cost of doing business in the state continues to go up. Under cap and trade, those costs would increase even further, putting the entire industry at risk.
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