Industry and belligerence won out over climate legislation.

Zoe Carpenter, The Nation, June 28, 2019

An excellent and perceptive summary likening the Republican behavior to the Bundy assault on Malheur Wildlife Refuge; you may need to register with The Nation.

For a brief moment, the standoff in Oregon over climate change legislation seemed like an amusing bit of Wild West political theater. Last week, rather than stomach a losing vote on the bill, Republicans in the state Senate escaped—scattering to Idaho, according to rumors, maybe Montana—to deny Democrats a quorum, which is required to pass any legislation. When the governor threatened to send state troopers to bring them back to work, one of the “Absent Eleven” threatened violent resistance: “Send bachelors and come heavily armed,” blustered Brian Boquist.

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