Oregon Republicans LEAVE the state, say they won’t return until Democrats drop burdensome Climate Change bill

Oregon Republicans have left the state and now refuse to come back because of a burdensome Climate Change bill Democrats are trying to pass:

By not returning to the state, Republicans are denying the legislative quorum needed to have a vote on the bill.



The Democratic governor has even instructed the state police to round them up and bring them back to the capitol.

Here’s more:

One of the runaway Oregon Republican senators said they won’t return to the state until the “inefficient, complicated, and expensive” carbon tax is scrapped and a bipartisan solution is found.

Oregon State Senator Tim Knopp appeared on “Fox and Friends” Tuesday morning from an undisclosed location as he and other 11 Republicans remain in hiding to block the looming climate change legislation – all while the state police was authorized by Democratic Gov. Kate Brown to round them up.

He said that the Republican walkout was warranted given the damage the legislation would inflict upon the people of Oregon, but stressed that they too want to combat climate change.

“We do want to take action on climate change but this was a carbon tax and one of the most inefficient, complicated, and expensive ways to address reduction carbon dioxide emissions,” Knopp said.

“All we’re saying is it shouldn’t cost thousands of manufacturing jobs, raise the gas tax by 20 cents a gallon to start out with, and raise natural gas prices for people who heat their home by almost 50 percent. We think there’s a better way to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and so we’re holding out and only way we could do that and stop this vote is by not providing a quorum for Democrats to roll over us,” he added.

The bill would limit greenhouse gas emissions and auction pollution allowances for carbon that businesses want to emit, with a lowering cap. The bill would reduce emissions to 45 percent below 1990 levels by 2035 and 80 percent by 2050. Critics say it will hurt the business community and exacerbate a divide between the liberal, urban areas and rural parts of the state.

Knopp says the real threat of carbon emissions comes from forest fires around the state, but Democrats would rather use this carbon tax that will kill jobs:

“There’s a factory that makes paper towels … with 2,000 blue collar jobs, union jobs, and that plant right now is at risk because of this bill and we just find that unacceptable and we’re going to stand with these people, and fight as long as we possibly can and we hope to win,” he added, noting that they are likely to remain in hiding until June 30th at midnight, the date when the legislative session constitutionally ends.

It’s bad enough to kill jobs in the name of climate change. But raising the price of natural gas by 50% which would make it more expensive for people to stay warm in the winter is unthinkable.

I honestly can’t blame them for standing up for the people this way. Fortunately for them the end of the legislative session is only 5 days away.

Comment Policy: Please read our comment policy before making a comment. In short, please be respectful of others and do not engage in personal attacks. Otherwise we will revoke your comment privileges.

118 thoughts on “Oregon Republicans LEAVE the state, say they won’t return until Democrats drop burdensome Climate Change bill

  1. They’re going to have to face the vote on this one way or the other. If they don’t do it this session it will be the next one. The Dems won’t give up.

    1. @sjmom
      This is the one thing true about leftists and agitators. They have more patience than the right. They push and push and wait and wait. This is why the only path to victory are elections or re-education camps…

      1. The demonRATS have taken a page from the ChiComs…patiently waiting until they slowly take over.

  2. Is there really no other way to handle this, guys? You come across like sophomoric weenies rather than men who stand and fight.

    1. I hear the news from Oregon every day and the current legislature is as cooperative as Nancy Pelosi’s House.
      Washington state also has a D majority and were very sneaky and heavy handed in the last days of the legislative session. 11 new taxes passed though the state has a surplus. And despite the law that new taxes are put to a vote of the people. We are now signing petitions to repeal all of them and put them to a vote.
      I applaud these guys for doing the only thing they can to stand against what is truly a destructive tyrannical bill.

    2. I don’t think there is any other way especially if the Democrats hold a super majority.

  3. I remember several years ago Democrats pulling the same stunt in Illinois(?) I think it was and considered that to be a chicken shit move. It seems republicans are on the same level as Democrats now.

    1. Wisconsin. I was just thinking the same thing. I remember scoop using the term “fleebaggers.”

      1. The kings of inconsistency, the TDS crew, preaching about consistency. Bizarre world we live in.

    2. Their rule book allows that there must be a quorum. The D’s in the legislature have not allowed discussion, so what do you do to defend your constituents?

    3. Is that how you see it? Compare what the Democrats were fighting for to what the Republicans are fighting for in this case. If I recall it was Wisconsin. The Democrats were protesting Scott Walker’s budget cuts.

    4. Democrats pulled the same thing in Oregon back in 2001. Here, the Republicans know their constituents largely oppose the carbon cap, and they also know that many unaffiliated and Democratic voters also won’t be excited about higher gas prices.

      23 cents added to a gallon of gas is steep, especially when you factor it into the cost of production for every good and service that uses gasoline. This will amount to a huge rise in the cost of living in Oregon.

      Even neighboring Washington state voters (as liberal as they are) twice rejected similar carbon pricing plans despite heavy spending by opponents.

      Oregon Republicans likely have the strategy of bringing this issue to vote by Oregon voters this fall, and this means out waiting the dems past June 30th (end of legislative session).

  4. Good for the few repubs taking somewhat of a stand, but didn’t Oregonians vote these turds into office knowing full well what was coming? You sow what you reap.

    1. @homer Pretty harsh, isn’t it, considering it only takes just over the line of 50% to elect someone? And the Dems have the News Media, Academia, and Hollywood all pushing for them? And we don’t even have to go to what they pull with ballot harvesting and voter fraud.

  5. Good to see Republicans fight like Democrats. Democrats use this run-away tactic too, in Texas, in Wisconsin, etc.

    1. @Michelle Lee I remember one such Democrat maneuver here in Texas very well!! Several lost their re-election bids as a result.

    2. I suspect there are a lot of residents and business owners who will be changing their voter registrations to R after this. Their industries are already under attack, logging, fishing etc.

  6. The Democratic governor has even instructed the state police to round them up and bring them back to the capitol.

    But they won’t round up illegals in the state.

    1. The cops can only ’round them up’ if they’re still in Oregon, not past state lines. The thinking is that they’re in Idaho.

  7. I seem to remember I think it was Wisconsin Democrats using this tactic. It think it was when Gov. Walker was fighting to roll back on public employee unions.. They taught everyone how to fight dirty. Rules for radicals.

  8. Stating a known fact here and being redundant: It’s the problem in all of the states, the big cities rule. The donkeycrats live in the big cities and take over and make the state unlivable with their leftist rules, and stupid sheeple keep voting them in! Give them the West coast and New York for their “utopia”, but block them off from the rest of the country. Leave the rest of us alone!

      1. Shoot, West Texas, East Texas, North Texas, South Texas. All over. It’s almost exclusively Democrat controlled in the big cities. Twenty miles out? The landscape changes dramatically.

  9. So basically, they are for this but want “bipartisanship” . Very scary word these days…

  10. How can the police round them up if they’re not even in the state?

    I’m against anything that combats global warming. No doubt we should strive for clean air, but not based on the notion of fighting a make-believe problem.

    I am SMH that Republicans are buying into the global warming agenda.

      1. @willtapp I remember the first one to cave. Newt Gingrich on the couch ad. At least I think I remember a couch.

        1. You’re exactly right. I know both Lindsey and Mitt are on board the hoax train as well.

      2. They are jumping on the bandwagon just because it is the “in” thing to do. I wholeheartedly agree with everything @kong1967 said about global warming. That is the biggest farce that has ever been foisted on the world in the 20th and 21st century.

  11. Why don’t they just move out of Oregon permanently? That way, the demonrats get to fully control OR and CA…next will be WA, where it is nearly that way already. The entire left coast of the lower 48 will be a commie-socialist progressive nightmare and, eventually, complete failure. As long as the rest of us do not have to bail them out, who really cares?

    Meanwhile, FoxBusiness has an article about Jeff Bezos and Bill Gates, the two richest people in the world, and how their hometown of Medina, WA is unable to prevent a budget crisis, as a result of their commie-socialist progressive-idiotic programs…but fear not. All they need to do is tax and fee Bezos, Gates and anyone else with gobs of cash and all will be well.

    1. As it fails, they’ll spread. Like a virus. They’re already encroaching into Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Nevada, Utah, and Idaho because their failures are turning their states into social and economic nightmares.

      If Donald wants to build a wall – one I’d support – tear down I-5 and build a wall in its place.

  12. I don’t like this practice. I HATED it when democrats did it and I guess turnabout is fair play but I still don’t like it. However, if there’s no other way to stop The Left’s evil treachery and insanity, then I at least understand it.

    I’d prefer there be a public discussion and battle over this… though I don’t know what form that would take. I feel like republicans could easily argue against this.

    1. Outnumbered by a lot. Then the propaganda machine won’t report diddly squat on what they say.

  13. As much as I disagree with the carbon tax Oregon is pushing, these law makers need to do their job. Filibuster it in the chambers by reading the phone book.

    A few years ago a bunch of democrats did the same thing over abortion legislation the Republican majority was voting through and that was just as wrong.

  14. Nah, I think they should go back and pass it.

    Then, when Oregon’s dead, we’ll come back and rebuild it.

  15. In Mark Levin’s new book there are numerous quotes from world renowned experts, scientists, climatologists…exposing climate change for the hoax that it is.

    1. The problem is climate scientists are starting with incomplete data, the legitimate ones that aren’t in on the hoax anyway.

      The climate models don’t include space weather forcing besides UV rays more or less. That means xrays, solar wind, high energy particles, etc. get added to the human side of climate change.

      Attempts to add any of these forces to the models have been met with resistance because it would prove that outside of local microclimates man has very little effect on the overall world climate.

  16. Republicans hate climate!! Republicans hate puppies and small children!!

  17. California just raised the prices at the pumps another nickle,to over 47 cents per gallon.Good news is they promised it all would go for roads and repairing of roads.Put all that money with all the infrastructure Money that Trump has promised and we will be able to finish filling all our Pot Holes.Isn’t that wonderful?Forgot to Add feds charge us 18.4 cents per gallon of gasoline,however that is not enough taxes to pay for any infrastructure.repairs to our roads.

    1. What good is that when they keep promoting electric cars and higher MPGs? The electric cars pay no gas tax and the higher MPGs refuel less so While the state pushes people people off oil they realize their taxation revenue is down so they raise the taxes to get them back up to where they were before thus hurting everyone else in the process.

      1. Thanks Plot evil,just having some ,because none of the Taxes ever get to where they are intended to go.I shutter wondering what California would do with any of the infrastructure money.

  18. As much as I disagree with the carbon tax Oregon is pushing, these law makers need to do their job. Filibuster it in the chambers by reading the phone book.

    A few years ago a bunch of democrats did the same thing over abortion legislation the Republican majority was voting through and that was just as wrong.

  19. Why don’t they just move out of Oregon permanently? That way, the demonrats get to fully control OR and CA…next will be WA, where it is nearly that way already. The entire left coast of the lower 48 will be a commie-socialist progressive nightmare and, eventually, complete failure. As long as the rest of us do not have to bail them out, who really cares?

    Meanwhile, FoxBusiness has an article about Jeff Bezos and Bill Gates, the two richest people in the world, and how their hometown of Medina, WA is unable to prevent a budget crisis, as a result of their commie-socialist progressive-idiotic programs…but fear not. All they need to do is tax and fee Bezos, Gates and anyone else with gobs of cash and all will be well.

    1. As it fails, they’ll spread. Like a virus. They’re already encroaching into Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Nevada, Utah, and Idaho because their failures are turning their states into social and economic nightmares.

      If Donald wants to build a wall – one I’d support – tear down I-5 and build a wall in its place.

  20. I don’t like this practice. I HATED it when democrats did it and I guess turnabout is fair play but I still don’t like it. However, if there’s no other way to stop The Left’s evil treachery and insanity, then I at least understand it.

    I’d prefer there be a public discussion and battle over this… though I don’t know what form that would take. I feel like republicans could easily argue against this.

    1. Outnumbered by a lot. Then the propaganda machine won’t report diddly squat on what they say.

  21. Nah, I think they should go back and pass it.

    Then, when Oregon’s dead, we’ll come back and rebuild it.

  22. In Mark Levin’s new book there are numerous quotes from world renowned experts, scientists, climatologists…exposing climate change for the hoax that it is.

    1. The problem is climate scientists are starting with incomplete data, the legitimate ones that aren’t in on the hoax anyway.

      The climate models don’t include space weather forcing besides UV rays more or less. That means xrays, solar wind, high energy particles, etc. get added to the human side of climate change.

      Attempts to add any of these forces to the models have been met with resistance because it would prove that outside of local microclimates man has very little effect on the overall world climate.

  23. Republicans hate climate!! Republicans hate puppies and small children!!

  24. California just raised the prices at the pumps another nickle,to over 47 cents per gallon.Good news is they promised it all would go for roads and repairing of roads.Put all that money with all the infrastructure Money that Trump has promised and we will be able to finish filling all our Pot Holes.Isn’t that wonderful?Forgot to Add feds charge us 18.4 cents per gallon of gasoline,however that is not enough taxes to pay for any infrastructure.repairs to our roads.

    1. What good is that when they keep promoting electric cars and higher MPGs? The electric cars pay no gas tax and the higher MPGs refuel less so While the state pushes people people off oil they realize their taxation revenue is down so they raise the taxes to get them back up to where they were before thus hurting everyone else in the process.

      1. Thanks Plot evil,just having some ,because none of the Taxes ever get to where they are intended to go.I shutter wondering what California would do with any of the infrastructure money.

  25. They’re going to have to face the vote on this one way or the other. If they don’t do it this session it will be the next one. The Dems won’t give up.

    1. @sjmom
      This is the one thing true about leftists and agitators. They have more patience than the right. They push and push and wait and wait. This is why the only path to victory are elections or re-education camps…

      1. The demonRATS have taken a page from the ChiComs…patiently waiting until they slowly take over.

  26. I remember several years ago Democrats pulling the same stunt in Illinois(?) I think it was and considered that to be a chicken shit move. It seems republicans are on the same level as Democrats now.

    1. Wisconsin. I was just thinking the same thing. I remember scoop using the term “fleebaggers.”

      1. The kings of inconsistency, the TDS crew, preaching about consistency. Bizarre world we live in.

    2. Their rule book allows that there must be a quorum. The D’s in the legislature have not allowed discussion, so what do you do to defend your constituents?

        1. You vote no. The bill passes and rural Oregon is decimated. The D’s have not given the R’s any opportunity to debate. Why can’t the people vote on it? Because the people would vote against it. The governor of the state is far left.
          I sympathize as I’m in a similar state with similar legislature. Few Republicans.

    3. Is that how you see it? Compare what the Democrats were fighting for to what the Republicans are fighting for in this case. If I recall it was Wisconsin. The Democrats were protesting Scott Walker’s budget cuts.

        1. I see it as a tactic. In a case like this I’d do the same thing. Global Warming bills are vile things based on a lie.

    4. Democrats pulled the same thing in Oregon back in 2001. Here, the Republicans know their constituents largely oppose the carbon cap, and they also know that many unaffiliated and Democratic voters also won’t be excited about higher gas prices.

      23 cents added to a gallon of gas is steep, especially when you factor it into the cost of production for every good and service that uses gasoline. This will amount to a huge rise in the cost of living in Oregon.

      Even neighboring Washington state voters (as liberal as they are) twice rejected similar carbon pricing plans despite heavy spending by opponents.

      Oregon Republicans likely have the strategy of bringing this issue to vote by Oregon voters this fall, and this means out waiting the dems past June 30th (end of legislative session).

  27. Is there really no other way to handle this, guys? You come across like sophomoric weenies rather than men who stand and fight.

    1. I hear the news from Oregon every day and the current legislature is as cooperative as Nancy Pelosi’s House.
      Washington state also has a D majority and were very sneaky and heavy handed in the last days of the legislative session. 11 new taxes passed though the state has a surplus. And despite the law that new taxes are put to a vote of the people. We are now signing petitions to repeal all of them and put them to a vote.
      I applaud these guys for doing the only thing they can to stand against what is truly a destructive tyrannical bill.

  28. I seem to remember I think it was Wisconsin Democrats using this tactic. It think it was when Gov. Walker was fighting to roll back on public employee unions.. They taught everyone how to fight dirty. Rules for radicals.

  29. Stating a known fact here and being redundant: It’s the problem in all of the states, the big cities rule. The donkeycrats live in the big cities and take over and make the state unlivable with their leftist rules, and stupid sheeple keep voting them in! Give them the West coast and New York for their “utopia”, but block them off from the rest of the country. Leave the rest of us alone!

      1. Shoot, West Texas, East Texas, North Texas, South Texas. All over. It’s almost exclusively Democrat controlled in the big cities. Twenty miles out? The landscape changes dramatically.

  30. How can the police round them up if they’re not even in the state?

    I’m against anything that combats global warming. No doubt we should strive for clean air, but not based on the notion of fighting a make-believe problem.

    I am SMH that Republicans are buying into the global warming agenda.

      1. @willtapp I remember the first one to cave. Newt Gingrich on the couch ad. At least I think I remember a couch.

      2. They are jumping on the bandwagon just because it is the “in” thing to do. I wholeheartedly agree with everything @kong1967 said about global warming. That is the biggest farce that has ever been foisted on the world in the 20th and 21st century.

  31. Good for the few repubs taking somewhat of a stand, but didn’t Oregonians vote these turds into office knowing full well what was coming? You sow what you reap.

    1. @homer Pretty harsh, isn’t it, considering it only takes just over the line of 50% to elect someone? And the Dems have the News Media, Academia, and Hollywood all pushing for them? And we don’t even have to go to what they pull with ballot harvesting and voter fraud.

  32. So basically, they are for this but want “bipartisanship” . Very scary word these days…

  33. The Democratic governor has even instructed the state police to round them up and bring them back to the capitol.

    But they won’t round up illegals in the state.

    1. The cops can only ’round them up’ if they’re still in Oregon, not past state lines. The thinking is that they’re in Idaho.

  34. Good to see Republicans fight like Democrats. Democrats use this run-away tactic too, in Texas, in Wisconsin, etc.

    1. @Michelle Lee I remember one such Democrat maneuver here in Texas very well!! Several lost their re-election bids as a result.

    2. I suspect there are a lot of residents and business owners who will be changing their voter registrations to R after this. Their industries are already under attack, logging, fishing etc.

Comments are closed.