April 6th, 2010 | by HANK STERN News | Posted In: CLEAN UP, Politics, Environment

Major Enviro Group Makes Dual Endorsement in Governor's Race

John Kitzhaber

Democratic gubernatorial hopefuls Bill Bradbury and John Kitzhaber have played to a tie in their battle for an endorsement from the Oregon League of Conservation Voters.

Bill Bradbury
The environmental group announced this morning it's endorsing both men in the May 18 Oregon primary. The joint endorsement comes after Kitzhaber, Bradbury and Republican gubernatorial contender Allen Alley last week debated at an event sponsored by OLCV and four other environmental groups.

At that debate, Bradbury and Kitzhaber differed sharply on both an LNG terminal in northwest Oregon, and on PGE's coal-fired plant in the Eastern Oregon town of Boardman.

Bradbury ruled out any siting of an LNG terminal in Oregon and advocated closing PGE's Boardman plant in 2014. Kitzhaber said he doesn't support the proposed LNG plant but wouldn't rule out a future use for LNG. As for the Boardman plant, Kitzhaber said he wouldn't start the discussion about closing it until there was consideration of what that closure would do for the utility's customers.

Given Kitzhaber's more measured answers on those two hot-button issues, today's joint endorsement from the 5,400-member-plus OLCV is a good result for him.

To read more on the differences over energy policy between Kitzhaber and Bradbury, pick up WW on Wednesday.
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