Obstructionist Oregon Republicans Disappear On Key Climate Change Vote
Obstructionist Republicans in Oregon’s State Legislature pulled a disappearing act when they fled the state’s Capitol on Monday to prevent Democrats’ bill to cap greenhouse gas emissions.
Just one Republican bothered to show up: Sen. Tim Knopp of Bend.
Apparently, the state’s Republican party is now a bunch of truant school kids who don’t want to take a quiz, as sergeants at arms searched Capitol offices to see if they could round up any other Republicans. They failed to do so, and Senate President Peter Courtney, D-Salem, adjourned the chamber until Tuesday.
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown (D) was quite angry and denounced the vote “boycott” during a news conference, saying that if Senate Republicans “don’t like a bill, they need to show up and change it or show up and vote no.”
“This makes it very, very clear. The Senate Republicans who walked out are not against climate policy. They are against the democratic response,” she said. “Oregonians should be outraged.”
Indeed, this was not some brave act of defiance, either. Rather, this was a bunch of greedy and ignorant manchildren so loathe to democratic norms that they’ll do anything to whore themselves for the fossil fuel industry.
Oregon Senate Majority Leader Ginny Burdick, D-Portland, also weighed in on Republican obstruction, saying “Walking out on the job is a dereliction of duty” and calling the Republican boycott “dishonorable and disrespectful.”
Legislators shutting down the government by walking off the job is a crisis for our democracy.
This is not a game. Voters elected us to do our job. The members who refuse to show up and do their jobs are saying to a large majority of Oregonians: your vote doesn’t matter. #orpol
— Tina Kotek (@TinaKotek) February 24, 2020
One party not only has recognized the overwhelmingly settled science on climate change but is doing everything in its power to thwart an eco apocalypse. On the flip side, Republican politicians not only deny this overwhelming evidence and “know” more about science than actual scientists, but their president thinks windmills — an effective form of safe and renewable energy — give people cancer (since he most likely feels they will blow off that thing on his head).
Notwithstanding, our planet continues to warm at an alarming rate. Our best hope of getting anything done is throwing Trump out and giving the Democratic president a Democratic Senate, which may seem even more far fetched than stopping climate change itself.