Oregon industry associations band together against low-carbon fuel standard

Four statewide industry associations have come out against the Oregon low-carbon fuel standard as the  2014 legislative session looms around the corner.

Northwest Grocery Association, Oregon Home Builders Association, Oregon Restaurant and Lodging Association, and the state’s National Federation of Independent Business chapter are backing Oregonians for Sound Fuel Policy, a coalition of business groups opposing the low-carbon fuel standard.

“I speak for my fellow new OSFP member-groups when I say we stand ready to help ensure that the flawed Low Carbon Fuel Standard gets put to rest in Oregon,” said Jon Chandler of the Oregon Home Builders Association. “Among the four new organizations, we represent thousands of small businesses and major employers — and tens of thousands of employees — in every single community and legislative district in Oregon. Our members work hard enough keeping their doors open while complying with existing state and federal standards. Another redundant, legally invalid and unworkable program is simply the wrong move for Oregon.”

Delta Airlines reported a nearly $1.4 billion third-quarter profit thanks to increased passenger traffic and advanced holiday bookings.

The airline, which serves the Rogue Valley via SkyWest-operated Delta Connection indicated its fares remained high, resulting in solid revenue projections through the end of the year.

Per share income was $1.59 per share, was up 31 percent from its results a year ago. It included an increase in the value of Delta’s fuel contracts, as well as the cost  for aircraft replacement. The Atlanta-based company reported $10.5 billion in operating revenue, up 6 percent from a year ago, while expenses grew 4 percent during the quarter to nearly $9 billion.

And finally, I was in Europe during the Watergate burglary and haven’t returned to the continent since. Yet I received not one, but two emails from one Joe Pereira Guerra of Fatima, Portugal with a laundry list of available used buses and passenger vans.

Now these vehicles may all be in fine condition, but it will be well into the next century before I can afford to test-drive one of Mr. Guerra’s buses.



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