Thursday, March 13, 2014

Democrats May Have Renewed Interest in Tackling Climate Change

We may be seeing renewed interest in climate change advocacy from Democrats. While Republicans have made their contempt for climate change legislation known, many Democrats are also guilty of dereliction of duty on the subject of climate change. Four years ago there were not enough votes in the Democrat controlled Senate to move forward with climate change legislation.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid recently told reporters that, "Climate change is the worst problem facing the world today." This is a reiteration of comments he made last June, when he said in a speech on the Senate floor that "we have no more important issue in the world than this issue, period."

Rhode Island Democrat Sheldon Whitehouse said Reid's climate remarks are evidence that the profile of the issue has "climbed considerably."

To illustrate the point at least 26 Senate Democrats and two independents staged a climate awareness slumber party on the night of Monday March 10th with the message that "its time for Congress to wake up and get serious about addressing [climate change].

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