Deplorable: US Senate staffers bet on wildfire damage

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Staffers on the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee have an office pool to guess how many acres are burned by wildfires each year, according to the Washington Post via The Political Wire.

“The contest, run since 2003 by veteran staffer Frank Gladics, was open mostly to Republican staffers on the House and Senate energy and appropriations committees that oversee federal firefighting operations.”

Grist: “At best, this little stunt could be excused as gallows humor — a peculiar inside-the-Beltway bonding ritual for disaster wonks. Since wildfires level people’s homes, imperil both residents and firefighters, and serve as a barometer for climate-change-driven havoc, the annual game might also simply be tone-deaf, tasteless, and heartless.”

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