“I am here, actually, Mr. President, to once again urge Congress that we have to wake up to the growing threat of climate change. The alarm bells are ringing. The signs are all around us. Yet we continue to sleepwalk through history, ignoring the warnings from the scientific community, from economists and business leaders – even from our military – of long-term shifts in the climate of our planet.”
That’s how Senator Sheldon Whitehouse began his speech yesterday. He urged members of the Senate to finally take action to deal with climate change.
The thing is, two senators have taken action. Bernard Sanders and Barbara Boxer have introduced S. 332, the Climate Protection Act, a strong bill that would reduce the carbon dioxide emissions that are pushing climate change forward and reduce the public debt as well.
Sheldon Whitehouse hasn’t signed on as a cosponsor the Climate Protection Act.
Senator Whitehouse hasn’t introduced any other legislation to deal with climate change either.
Whitehouse closed his speech yesterday by saying, “Congress has been asleep long enough. We have a tradition in this body of taking the accounting of GAO – our nonpartisan watchdog – seriously and of taking GAO’s High Risk List seriously. GAO now joins our defense and intelligence communities, our scientific research communities, our State and local governments, and major sectors of private industry that have all elevated climate change from their to-do list to their must-do list. It is time for Congress to wake up to its duties and to get to work.”
Yes, Sheldon Whitehouse is urging the Senate to wake up, just as he’s settling down for a nap.