This morning, truckers, loggers, and farmers from across the state of Oregon participated in a convoy to protest a controversial cap and trade bill.
On February 6, truckers with the “Timber Unity” group took part in an early morning convoy to raise awareness about a cap and trade bill — also known as Senate Bill 1530 — coming before Oregon state lawmakers in the short 2020 legislative session.
The convoy participants met at various locations throughout the state and travelled on I-5. Their final destination is a rally at the state capitol in Salem.
— Michael Sevren (@mikesevren) February 6, 2020
Organizers expect as many as 1000 trucks in total to participate in the convoy. They hope to break a world record for the largest convoy, which is currently set at 453 trucks, the Albany Democrat Herald reports.
— Jake Thomas (@jakethomas2009) February 6, 2020
SB 1530 would impose carbon emissions caps throughout the state and fine those who go over the cap. Truckers say that the bill would harm their livelihoods or even put them out of business.
Local news outlets have reported clashes between the truckers and counter protesters who support the cap and trade bill
Counter protesters are rallying at overpasses above I-5 as the Timber Unity convoy travels to Salem. https://t.co/kqgxctuj9t
— KATU News (@KATUNews) February 6, 2020
In June 2019, hundreds of truckers participated in a similar convoy to protest the cap and trade bill. Douglas County officials said that this convoy was 13 miles long.
The Oregon Department of Transportation has been warning drivers to expect significant traffic delays from the convoy.
You can view aerial coverage of the convoy below.