Washington, D.C. – Today marked a historic turning point for U.S. Congressional climate change debate as Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse succeeded with passage of an amendment to the Keystone XL Act (S.1.) acknowledging that climate change is real.
In a 98-1 vote, the U.S. Senate in floor debate moved the conversation on climate change forward passing Whitehouse’s amendment, a short and sweet admission of climate change existence, a bane to GOP environmental policy.
The amendment said simply,
SENSE OF THE SENATE REGARDING CLIMATE CHANGE.
“It is the sense of the Senate that climate change is real and not a hoax.”
Presenting his amendment to the Senate Membership, Whitehouse said:
I’m hoping that after many years of darkness and blockade, this vote can be a first little beam of light through the wall that will allow us to at least start having an honest conversation about what carbon pollution is doing to our climate and to our oceans. This is a matter of vital consequence to my home state, the Ocean State, my home, Rhode Island and to many of yours as well.”
Whitehouse, who adamantly presented climate change issues weekly in his Time to Wake Up climate action messages to Congress, was strong in his message of continuity and advocacy for the State of Rhode Island.
“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.”
Posting to his Facebook page, after the vote, Whitehouse wrote:
“Today the Senate voted to approve my resolution stating that climate change is real and not a hoax. This resolution marks a historic shift for many of my Republican colleagues. While a number of Republicans have long acknowledged that climate change is real, including Senator Graham who spoke once again today, many others either denied the science or refused to discuss it. I was glad to see almost every Republican, including Senator Inhofe, acknowledge the reality of climate change today, and I hope this means we can move on to discussing not just whether climate change is real, but what we should do about it.”
Video and featured image courtesy C-Span.