[Ed. – Labor411 takes the opportunity to gloat over this. As if there’s a link between a political vote and a senator’s house burning down. Conditions are ripe for fire, but it’s illogical to imply they could have been voted away in any previous year, including 2019. And multiple arson arrests in three states indicate Mother Nature is getting help. It will be a while before we know how much of the Western fire outbreak has been mere happenstance.]
Oregon Republican state senator Fred Girod was one of 11 Republicans who made headlines when they walked out of the senate – some even leaving the state – so that a quorum could not be achieved for a climate change bill.
As Wikipedia states:
“From June 20, 2019, all 11 Republican state senators for Oregon, including Girod, refused to show up for work at the Oregon State Capitol, instead going into hiding, some even fleeing the state. Their aim was to push the vote on a cap-and-trade proposal that would dramatically lower greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 to combat climate change to voters instead of being instituted by lawmakers. … Without the Republican senators, the remaining 18 Democratic state senators could not reach a quorum of 20 to hold a vote.
“Fred Girod stood near the edge of a steep drop between what remained of his house and the Santiam River, grasping the destruction days after the Beachie Creek wildfire destroyed homes, businesses and landmarks along the canyon. …