Nelson, Whitehouse, Wyden

Executive Session (Quattlebaum Nomination)

Senator Nelson: (10:50 a.m.)

  • Spoke on WRDA legislation.
    • "And it's not right. It's not fair for the hardworking fishing guides, the restaurant employees, anybody that has a business with regard to our beautiful beaches and people enjoying the natural bounty. All are being affected through no fault of their own. And then that's on the east coast. On the west coast of Florida, our white sand beaches aren't as crowded with tourists. But with what? The rancid corpses of fish. This is the puffer fish. This is on one of southwest Florida's beaches. The turtles, the casualties from massive noxious red tide, and this event, a bacteria that occasionally appears in the Gulf of Mexico and moves."


Senator Whitehouse: (11:06 a.m.)

  • Spoke on climate change.
    • "From the shores of Rhode Island and our beautiful Narragansett Bay to the forests of southern Oregon. Rhode Island is looking at losing significant territory to storms and sea level rise. Oregon is seeing ancient forests go up in smoke. For most of the country, this summer has been a scorcher. July was nearly 2 degrees Fahrenheit above average and before that, the contiguous U.S. Experienced its hottest may and third hottest June on record. Its oceans, too, just last week the Rhode Island organization save the bay recorded ocean surface temperatures in little Narragansett Bay off the coast of westerly Rhode Island at nearly 80 degrees Fahrenheit, the highest in over a decade of data and perhaps the highest ever in Rhode Island history."


Senator Wyden: (11:09 a.m.)

  • Spoke on wildfires.
    • "Senator Whitehouse, thank you very much, not just for today when we're going to talk about wildfires but because you have year after year been on this floor prosecuting the consequences, laying out the consequences of the failure to deal with climate change. And certainly it is hotter and drier in the west. And what I'm going to do is spend some of the short period we have together describing how these wildfires, they're not your grandfather's wildfires. They are bigger, they are hotter, they're more powerful. In my home state, last summer we saw a fire leap the Columbia River. Columbia River has always been a break in terms of fire. Fire just leaped over it."