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Why This Matters: The Republican Senators have every right to vote against the climate legislation — but they cannot hold the entire state hostage and frustrate the will of the people of Oregon. The legislative session ends by law in a week. Democracy means the majority rules and the Democrats outnumber Republicans 18-12 in the Senate. And for right-wing groups to threaten violence against the Senate and Governor for demanding that the Republicans return and do their job is a tragedy and an anathema to our system of government. We settle policy disputes by debate and voting not by taking up arms. We also believe in the rule of law, but somehow even this basic principle is eroding with Republican Senators threatening violence against state police. This may not end well.
Republican Senators Taunt the Police With Threats.
According to the AP, one of the Republicans, Senator Brian Boquist, “urged” the state police to “send bachelors and come heavily armed” when they come to bring him back to the Capitol.
This Oregon dispute is a reminder of the armed takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in 2016 when dozens of militia member occupied the remote Oregon refuge for more than a month to protest federal control of Western lands, which only ended after authorities fatally shot the group’s spokesman and arrested key leaders.
by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer More than three years after Hurricane Harvey, officials are still clashing over how to disperse aid. In the first $1 billion round of support, Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush made some questionable calculations, leaving the hardest-hit communities in its most populous city without a penny in federal aid according to the […]
It’s spring in Paris, they are still struggling with COVID, and yet thousands of demonstrators took to the streets in Paris and numerous other French cities to protest climate change. The French legislature is considering a law to impose tougher measures to combat climate change, but many believe the proposals are not sufficient and so they staged marches in Nancy, Toulouse, Rennes, Lyon, Grenoble, as seen in social media posts.
Why This Matters: Because of the Paris Agreement, France is associated with climate change progress.
As California’s drought conditions are worsening, Nestle is pumping millions of gallons of water from the San Bernardino forest. State water officials have drafted a cease-and-desist order to force the company to stop overpumping from Strawberry Creek, which provides drinking water for about 750,000 people.
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