Last week, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse gave a great big speech about how someone in Congress needs to do something about climate change. Only, when his speech was over, no one did anything – Senator Whitehouse included. Whitehouse has failed to introduce any climate legislation in the current session of Congress.
Yesterday, Senator Whitehouse took to the rose once again to scold his colleagues for failing to introduce legislation to confront the growing climate crisis.
“It is time to wake up in this body to the reality of what we are doing to our climate. It is time to wake up,” he said. “Carbon pollution from fossil fuels is threatening our future, and unless we take serious action to scale back the pollution, the consequences are looking increasingly dire all across our country. It is time to hear the alarms, to roll up our sleeves, to get to work, and to do what needs to be done. It is time, indeed, to wake up.”
The alarms are heard! It’s time to work to slow down climate change! Right! Do what must be done! Gotcha! Sleeves rolled up? Check!
In the U.S. Senate, the way that people get to work to do what needs to be done is to introduce legislation that, when passed by both houses of Congress and is signed by the President, becomes law.
So, where is the climate legislation from Senator Whitehouse?
Once again, Sheldon Whitehouse hasn’t followed his own marching orders. He hasn’t gotten to work on climate change. He doesn’t have any climate legislation.
Sheldon Whitehouse is only talking big. People have been talking about climate change for almost 30 years now. The time for talk is over. The time for action is NOW.
So, Senator Whitehouse, where’s that climate bill? You keep talking as if you have one…