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August 29, 2015

Whitehouse, Waxman Offer to School McConnell on Climate Change

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., right, and former Vice President Al Gore (CQ Roll Call File Photo/Tom Williams)

Whitehouse, right, and former Vice President Al Gore (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Two congressional Democrats are offering to school Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on climate change after the Kentucky Republican questioned whether the earth is warming.

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., and Rep. Henry A. Waxman, D-Calif., wrote to McConnell offering to have him meet with climate scientists to discuss the threat of climate change.

“You have a position of tremendous importance and influence on the nation’s environmental and energy policies,” the letter said. “For that reason, we believe it is crucial that you are fully informed of the latest state of the science of climate change. We respectfully request that you allow us to assist you in arranging a briefing with the nation’s preeminent climate scientists so that you can be fully informed of the threat posed by climate change.”

The offer was prompted by comments from McConnell on Friday questioning whether humans are causing climate change.

“For everybody who thinks it’s warming, I can find somebody who thinks it isn’t,” the Kentucky Republican told the Cincinnati Enquirer in an extended interview.

McConnell has been an ardent defender of the Kentucky coal industry, trying to stop Environmental Protection Agency rulemaking that would limit carbon emissions from new stationary power plants, though McConnell’s resolution under the Congressional Review Act has virtually no chance of success.

McConnell’s comments also come as 28 Senate Democrats, including Whitehouse, plan to pull an all-nighter Monday night to urge action on climate change.

In the letter, Whitehouse and Waxman said they were concerned by the comments.

“We are writing to advise you that your statements are inconsistent with the overwhelming scientific consensus that climate change is occurring, is caused primarily by humans, and will have serious impacts if unchecked,” the letter said.

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  1. JW

    March 8, 2014
    12:35 a.m.

    17 years = no warming. Scientists now worrying about a temp drop

    • cjhutch

      March 10, 2014
      9:22 a.m.

      Looks like you could use some actual factual information as well. http://climate.nasa.gov/key_indicators

      • JW

        March 10, 2014
        4:39 p.m.

        if you want higher energy costs for the poor, dip into your pocket to help…and Waxman is as stupid as he is ugly.

        • cjhutch

          March 11, 2014
          1:12 p.m.

          Please tell me you aren’t a “Christian.”

          I notice no response to the information provided or the vid. Just going to give me a hit and run post?? Forgive me if I don’t take you seriously.

    • Guest

      March 10, 2014
      10:17 a.m.

  2. petwir

    March 8, 2014
    12:06 p.m.

    JW is mistaken. The scientific observations tell us the earth continues to warm, and this “slowdown” of warming is the result of the alignment of multiple natural variations.

    https://www.skepticalscience.com/global-warming-stopped-in-1998-intermediate.htm

    Many believe it may only require another El Nino natural cycle to reach a new record high annual temperature, and the earth may be poised to give us one of these cycles within the next 12 months.
    I find it very sad that many people believe we are in a “no warming” state which is exactly what the big special interests want you to believe…

    • cjhutch

      March 10, 2014
      9:20 a.m.

      Unfortunately, the republicans, both in power and their base, believe exactly what they are told to believe-without question.

  3. Bitter Cold

    March 8, 2014
    10:42 p.m.

    Climate-expert, media-personality, and ice-age-denier George Clooney attacks MIT climate-scientist Richard Lindzen: http://youtu.be/6YeBkZABme8?t=8s

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