Saturday, January 17, 2015

FLASH! Congress to decide whether climate change is real or not!

Does climate change exist? The Senate is about to let us know: An amendent to the Keystone XL pipeline bill hopes to force Republican climate change deniers to state whether they agree with the science or not.

Suzanne Goldenberg, US environment correspondent, The Guardian

Congress is to vote on whether climate change is real. Seriously.

The measure, which will come up in the debate about the Keystone XL pipeline, will ask the Senate to vote on whether climate change is real, caused by human activities, and has already caused devastating problems in the US and around the world.

It is intended to force Republicans who deny the existence of climate change – and they are a majority in Congress – to own their anti-science positions, said Bernie Sanders, the Independent senator from Vermont behind the amendment.

“The bottom line is that I think as a nation that we walk down a very dangerous road when the majority party in the United States Congress is prepared to reject science,” Sanders told the Guardian. “I think it is important for Republicans to tell their constituents, to tell the American people, and to tell the world whether they agree with the science or not.”

That could make for some very awkward moments.

Sanders’s amendment has no chance of passage in the Republican-controlled Congress – and he acknowledges that is not the point.

(More here.)


Blogger Minnesota Central said...

Correct me if I am wrong, but didn't Speaker Boehner say :
Well, listen. I'm not qualified to debate the science over climate change." so it should be no surprise that the Senate voted they too were not qualified to debate this ... the amendment was tabled, 56-42 as 55 Republicans (and Mark Warner) need to be educated before they can see the obvious.

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