A Kulongoski Time Coming
In his first major speech on the environment since taking office, Oregon Gov. Ted Kulongoski (D) promised yesterday that economic concerns would not undermine environmental protections in the state. In a speech to conservationists, the governor pledged to oppose efforts to roll back environmental regulations such as the state Endangered Species Act; to provide sufficient funding for the Department of Environmental Quality and other natural-resources agencies; to promote salmon recovery; and to make the state a leader in energy conservation and renewable energy. The speech was praised by environmentalists, who have been waiting for Kulongoski to make good on campaign promises to protect the environment.