Environment & Energy Report

Oregon’s Fugitive Senators Still at Large, Stalling Climate Bill

June 26, 2019, 1:31 PM

Six days after they went AWOL to sabotage a bill to curb carbon emissions in Oregon, 11 lawmakers were still hiding out Tuesday -- in the latest, and weirdest, flashpoint in the U.S. divide over climate change.

The Republicans fled the capitol in Salem to prevent the senate from reaching a quorum to vote on a cap-and-trade program similar to California’s. Democratic Governor Kate Brown threatened to dispatch state police to round up the missing senators. One, Brian Boquist, responded by saying the authorities should “send bachelors and come heavily armed.”

Kate Brown
Photographer: Meg Roussos/Bloomberg

To make matters more bizarre, it’s not clear...

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