Climate activists promise festive mood, giant salmon at Capitol event

The giant salmon art installation will appear at Wednesday's Oregon Climate Action Day events in Salem.

Hundreds of climate activists are expected to hit Oregon’s capitol to ask lawmakers to consider enacting a carbon tax.

The Oregon Climate Action Day will feature a healthy dose of meetings and speeches. While advocates lobby some 25 legislators on the option, supporters will set up a festival-of-sorts, featuring music and food, next to the Capitol building in Salem.

Portland State University researchers had determined a carbon tax it would bolster the state’s budget, by as much as $2 billion over 20 years, while cleaning the air.

Opponents maintain the idea wouldn’t work because high energy prices already limit the amount of carbon that infiltrates the air.

Climate Action Day participants will display a giant salmon art installation on the Capitol’s lawn.

The event begins Wednesday at 11 a.m. Speakers will address the topic starting at 12:15 p.m.

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