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Posted by on Jan 23, 2015 in Energy, Environment, Politics | 5 comments

Senate Republicans Agree Climate Change Is Real But Continue To Deny Cause

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With Republicans controlling the Senate, Democrats are largely limited to symbolic votes. Democrats wanted to attach an amendment to the Keystone XL Pipeline bill which would get Republicans on record with regards to climate change. There was little difficulty in passing an amendment agreeing that climate change is real, and not a hoax. Only one Republican, Roger Wicker of Mississippi, voted no. The catch is that, while they agreed that the climate is changing (a fact which some conservatives do deny), they do not accept the view of 97 percent of climate scientists that human action is the cause.

Senator Brian Schatz introduced a stronger amendment: “To express the sense of the Senate that climate change is real; and human activity significantly contributes to climate change.” Under the rules of the Senate, this amendment failed with a 50-49 majority. Most Republicans voted against it, but there were a handful of exceptions–full list here.

I’m not sure what all this proved, but next could we have a vote to determine which Republicans don’t believe in evolution, or that the earth is not flat?

Originally posted at Liberal Values

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  • JSpencer

    Today’s GOP primarily works for interests who care about massive short-term profits, their concerns for the country as a whole are far down on the list. Examples abound. This won’t change until the people who elect them feel so much pain it breaks through the tribal conditioning. Given the threshold necessary for that, I believe it’s reasonable to assume things will get worse before they get better.

    • Another problem is that the people who are hurt by Republican policies not only don’t realize it, but buy Republican claims blaming the problems on Democrats.

  • No wonder the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists moved the doomsday clock to 3 minutes til midnight.

    • DdW

      I had not heard of the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists doomsday clock for years. Sorry to hear it is still ticking, and so close to midnight. If my memory serves me right, we were almost as close to midnight during the nuclear stand-off in the cold war. Will we ever learn?

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