As an advocate for sustainable, private or locally-governed forest management?
The DeFazio (D), Schrader (D), Walden (R) bill (H.R. 1526) gives away 50% of the O&C forest land to environmental groups ignoring the 9th Circuit decision in Headwaters v. BLM. The plan changes the purpose behind the O&C forest lands by placing environmental concerns above the ability to fund local governments and create jobs.
Walden does not advocate for the Federal Government to get out of the forest and land management business, but instead keeps states and local communities imprisoned by bad Federal policies.
Walden has never publicly supported the KBRA or its opponents, leaving a breach of leadership on this issue. The KBRA is a taxpayer funded scheme which has a termination clause if the KHSA (dam removal agreement) is not completed. Oregon and California will lose flood control facilities, recreational reservoirs and efficient hydro-electric power generating capacity while funding benefits for Pacific Power, environmentalist organizations and tribal groups.
Most small-business owners, farmers, ranchers, taxpayers and utility rate-payers oppose both these agreements. The dam removal agreements have been opposed by all Oregon commissioners and all California supervisors in the counties where the dams are located. Plus, numerous state representatives and senators in Oregon and California have voiced opposition, yet Congressman Walden is still silent.
Voted no on H.A. 1178 which would eliminate the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Program, which directly subsidizes green energy companies. This is corporate welfare and eliminating it would save taxpayers $1.45 billion annually.
As an honest critic of Washington-insider politics?
After more than a decade (nearly 16 years) Walden still wants to return to Washington for more of the status quo.
He supports Congressional incumbency and seniority instead of legislative term limits.
I used to really like Greg Walden, but he just seems to only do what those in Washington D.C. allow him to do, little steps that make his supporters believe he's trying his best.
Inside, I feel he's another one of those fake politicians, that puts on a good front to keep their job (important to him, but not what he's voted in for,) instead of actually having the heart to put up a good fight for what is best for their district, which would prove to all that those policies work, because economies, communities would actually begin to feel it, not just hear about it.
Thank you for your work trying to bring back commonsense to rural economies in Oregon. I would like to see my kids being able to live and work in rural places within Oregon, if they choose to, instead of being forced to move to the cities to survive, since that sure seems to be the current push in many areas out west.
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