If Karma Was Real: Oregon State Senator Fred Girod, a Republican and a climate change denier who made headlines by preventing a vote on climate change legislation last year, lost his home to one of the wildfires currently ravaging the state.
The Daily Beast reports:
Among the thousands who have lost their homes to unprecedented West Coast wildfires in recent days is one of the notorious Oregon 11—the Republican state senators who twice staged a walkout to stop a Democratic majority from passing a climate change bill.
Raw Story reports:
One of the Oregon lawmakers who staged two walkouts to block Democrats from passing a climate change bill has lost his home to wildfire linked by scientists to climate change.
The 69-year-old Girod and his wife escaped the blaze but lost their Lyons home and three cats, but he rejects the overwhelming scientific consensus that wildfires sweeping the west are made worse by changes to the climate.
However, despite suffering a personal tragedy in a wildfire directly tied to climate change, Girod continues to deny the science, and instead blames environmentalists for the fires. Responding to questions about his climate change denial, Girod said:
Climate change is not the problem. The environmentalists have loaded up the timber area with nothing but fuel. That cost me my house.
If you want to go blame it on climate change, go [ahead]. All the bellyaching is absolutely unconscionable.
Girod is an anti-science imbecile. He is a coward who abandoned his duty as a state senator by walking out of the senate two different times in order to prevent a vote on climate change. He is a deplorable public servant, and a disgrace to the state of Oregon.
As one might imagine, Girod is being mocked on social media for his willful ignorance:
.@FredGirod you are reaping what you have sewn. I do not feel sorry for you, but I do feel sorry for your constituents and neighbors. Maybe next time, put the public above your party directives. Climate change affects everyone.
— The Doug Life Chose Me (@Edgar_Allan_Coe) September 15, 2020
Oregon senator goes home to find rubble, devastation after Beachie Creek wildfire roars through Santiam Canyon. GOP Sen. Fred Girod walked out of session to pass climate change bill. @OregonGOP https://t.co/lWnEhauyW9
— Tim Collins (@collinstw) September 15, 2020
Let’s be clear, it was not environmentalists who refused to replant trees to create a shortage to drive up lumber prices, then instead of timber, scrub took over providing fuel for the wildfire climate denying mofos like Repug state Sen Fred Girod blames on incinerating his home. pic.twitter.com/7oco2KzNxf
— Radio Justice ��⚖ (@justiceputnam) September 15, 2020
I don’t want ANYONE to lose their home, but I think Mother Nature may be a little bit angry with this guy –
Oregon state senator, @FredGirod, sabotaged a state climate vote; now, his home was incinerated by climate change https://t.co/PoDtviZn0a
— Kim – the HokieBrat (@hokiebrat) September 15, 2020
— Joel Carrier (@JoelCarrier13) September 15, 2020
Bottom line: Oregon State Senator Fred Girod, a Republican and a climate change denier who made headlines by preventing a vote on climate change legislation last year, lost his home to one of the wildfires ravaging the state.