Oregon daily emerald. (Eugene, Or.) 1920-2012, October 10, 1980, Page 5, Image 5

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Thursday night Rep. Jim Weaver measured the philosophical differences between himself and
opponent Mike Fitzgerald.
Weaver, Fitzgerald lock horns
in local environmental forum
By ANN PORTAL
Of th« Emerald
Addressing the environmen
tal issues that divide the 4th
District Congressional cam
paign, Rep. Jim Weaver and
Mike Fitzgerald appeared at an
environmental forum sponsored
by the Eugene Sierra Club
Thursday night.
The forum, planned as a
question-answer type discus
sion, frequently turned into
open debate between the two
candidates, much to the delight
of a large and vocal audience
The candidates voiced op
posing views on every environ
mental issue from nuclear en
ergy to the export of privately
owned logs, reaching
agreement only in opposing
Proposition 5, which would ban
the use of leg-hold traps.
Fitzgerald, a Curry County
Commissioner from Gold
Beach, expressed support for
nuclear energy, the export of
privately-owned logs, reducing
wilderness areas, and the
Northwest Power Bill. He op
poses Proposition 7 and sever
ance taxes on minerals mined
from public lands
Weaver, the incumbent
three-term Congressman, has
been the focus of environmental
attention nationally for the past
several weeks due to his post
ponement of the power bill
Thursday night he said the
only way to deal with the energy
crisis is from the ground up. He
mentioned his own home, which
he has remodeled extensively to
increase its energy efficiency.
Weaver said the Gl loan that
financed the remodeling al
ready is being more than repaid
by savings on his monthly en
ergy bill.
“Good environment is the
best economy," he said.
Fitzgerald said the country
must become more self-suf
ficient in energy, utilizing en
ergy conservation and alterna
tives, including nuclear energy.
In response to a question
from the audience, Fitzgerald
said he opposed Proposition 7
because it would ban nuclear
power plants. It was pointed out
to Fitzgerald that the proposi
tion would only limit the number
of plants, subject to approval by
Oregon voters
Weaver expressed strong
support for maintaining present
Oregon wilderness areas, say
ing that only 1.5 percent of
Oregon's timber lands are cur
rently wilderness areas.
Fitzgerald said that under
certain circumstances, he con
sidered even 1.5 percent too
much wilderness land.
“I do not propose a narrow
approach of timber versus
wilderness," Fitzgerald said
“We have a limited amount that
must be shared."
On the issue of exporting
private logs, Fitzgerald said ap
proximately 6,000 Oregon
workers would lose their jobs if
private exporting was banned.
Weaver pointed out that some
companies, such as Georgia
Pacific, leave the state when
they have exhausted timber
supplies, taking jobs with them
Rust, Jackson play fiddle
while District 40 battlers burn
Candidates for Lane County
Commissioner and District 40
state representative shed their
own partisan light on environ
mental issues before nearly 200
people Thursday night at Harris
Hall.
Incumbent Jerry Rust and
challenger Mel Jackson agreed
on the banning of phenoxy her
bicides and Baygon Jackson
voiced concern about the effect
alternative energy programs will
have on the environment, Rust
is all for solar power and other
alternatives. “We will introduce
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solar access ordinances,” he
said.
Rust’s expressed goal is to
work for ‘ every house to
become fully weatherized."
Jackson, however, was not as
anxious to “jump on the energy
bandwagon.”
On the issue of urban growth
boundaries, Jackson feels there
should be alternatives to living
in the city. Rust is adamantly
against urban sprawl and ad
vocates “compact urban
growth.”
Both candidates support the
proposed nuclear waste tran
sport ordinance.
The candidates for state
representative: Bruce Ander
son, Margie Hendriksen and
Shirley Whitehead, all favored
the ban of herbicides.
Whitehead believes in con
serving energy in the long run,
while both Anderson and Hen
driksen feel the need for im
mediate alternative programs.
Anderson believes that re
sidents should be penalized for
not conserving and rewarded
for finding ways to conserve.
The major environmental
disagreement between the can
didates was the nuclear mora
torium issue. Whitehead op
poses Ballot Measure 7, which
calls for permanent nuclear
waste disposal and a public vote
on any new nuclear plants. An
derson and Hendriksen both
favor the proposal.
The candidates were^alloted
five minutes to express their
views. The audience was then
given 20 minutes to ask the
candidates questions on envir
onmental issues.
The forum was sponsored by
the Many Rivers Group of the
Sierra Club, an environmental
organization.
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