This week, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) was given a golden opportunity to educate a fellow senator on how climate change works.
He did not disappoint.
On Tuesday, Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) asked for unanimous consent to Senate Resolution 524, a measure that acknowledges that climate change is real and a potential danger to the United States. It was blocked by Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK), who called climate change the “biggest hoax” perpetrated against mankind.
Inhofe claimed that the Earth has experienced “no warming for the last 15 years,” and that 9,000 scientists have signed a petition denying greenhouse gases cause global warming. The senator added that President Obama’s federal agencies are colluding to promote a “global warming agenda.”
When he was finished, Sen. Whitehouse stood up to deliver a stirring seven-minute speech on the myriad ways in which Inhofe seems to be living in “an alternate reality.”
In the video, Whitehouse explains that over 90 percent of the heat from carbon emissions is absorbed by the ocean, not the atmosphere. Over the past several decades, while the atmospheric temperature has leveled off, ocean temperature has continued to rise.
And as to Inhofe’s 9,000 signatures – as Whitehouse put it: “I’m told that among the names on that petition are the Spice Girls. It’s almost a comedic effort.”
He wasn’t finished:
“The fact you can’t find 9,000 people who think the earth is flat is a bit of a stretch, and the idea that we should base our policy on a petition that imaginary people are on rather than on what NASA and NOAA and the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and every major scientific society and the entire property casualty reinsurance industry are telling us, it’s just extraordinary.”
Unfortunately, Sen. Resolution 524 still failed to pass, as unanimous consent was not reached. Sen. Klobuchar has promised to continue pushing the measure. Arguing with the science, she said, just makes the Senate look “silly.”