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Log trucks arriving in Salem for demonstration creating traffic backups

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A convoy of trucks arriving in Salem for a demonstration against House Bill 2020 is causing traffic delays.

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Log trucks arriving in Salem for demonstration creating traffic backups

Traffic came to a crawl around the Captiol Tuesday morning as trucks arrived to demonstrate against HB 2020.

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Demonstrators gather in front of the Capitol to protest House Bill 2020.

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Traffic came to a crawl around the Captiol Tuesday morning as trucks arrived to demonstrate against HB 2020.

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Truckers backed up on Commercial Street on their way to the Oregon Capitol.

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One of the protesters stalled in northbound traffic on Commercial Street headed to the Oregon Capitol on Thursday.

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A convoy of trucks arrived in Salem early Thursday morning.

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A convoy of trucks arriving in Salem for a demonstration against House Bill 2020 is causing traffic delays across the city.

Streets surrounding the Capitol including Court Street NE, Cottage Street NE, State Street NE and 12th Street NE will all see delays throughout the day, according to Salem Police.

Drivers are encouraged to seek alternate routes and avoid the area east of downtown during the day.

Delays were also reported on Commercial Street near the Interstate 5 off-ramp as more trucks arrived.

HB 2020 would have been the nation’s second economy-wide cap on greenhouse gas emissions, but it has been declared dead for lack of enough Democratic votes. The 11 Republican senators have been absent since last week to prevent it's passage

Supporters said it would create new jobs in clean energy and position Oregon for future federal action. Opponents said it would drive business out of state and make gas and other fuels unaffordable.

The legislation was supposed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050.

More information will be added when available.

Previous coverage: Senate Republicans still absent Wednesday; ethics complaints filed

Cap and trade: Bill to cap greenhouse gas emissions dead in Senate

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