Washington, D.C. – In an almost unanimous decision, the U. S. Senate, sitting under a Republican majority, voted forth a climate change admission amendment to the Keystone XL Act legislation (S.1.).
I’m glad almost every Senator acknowledged today that climate change is real. I hope now we can discuss what to do about it. #ActOnClimate
— Sheldon Whitehouse (@SenWhitehouse) January 21, 2015
Today’s vote, a 98-1 affirmation on the reality of climate change brings the message of climate awareness and necessity for action to light.
Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) sponsored the historic legislation, that simply stated:
SENSE OF THE SENATE REGARDING CLIMATE CHANGE.
“It is the sense of the Senate that climate change is real and not a hoax.”
In presenting the amendment earlier in the day, Whitehouse said, ” I hope that that is something we can agree on as a body. If we do, then it becomes a predicate for beginning to advance an important conversation.
Whitehouse, the Senate champion on climate change action cautioned the membership to the grave consequences to his home state of Rhode Island in ignoring the ill effects of climate change.
“I am never going away on this subject. It is too important to my home state of Rhode Island. There is no senator in this body who, if they had an issue as important to their home state as this issue is to Rhode Island, I would not expect and respect to fight all the way through to the bitter end for the interests of their state.”
Presenting an unwavering message, Whitehouse schooled the members on current climate related adversities.
“My fishermen are not finding the fish where they’ve been for generations. People who’ve owned homes on the shore are losing them into the sea in big storms,” he said.
“These are real consequences, and we, I promise you one way or the other are going to do something about it and I hope this sis the dawn of that new day.”