Menendez, Udall, Reed, Baldwin

McConnell (for Crapo) Amendment #2151, as modified, to the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act (S. 2155)

Senator Menendez: (6:22 p.m.)

  • Spoke on climate change.
    • "We know that experts at NOAA have concluded that since the industrial revolution, our oceans have become 30% more acidic, the greatest increase in 300 million years. Likewise, we know the arctic is warming at twice the rate of the rest of the world and that as ice caps melt, our sea levels rise, endangering the coastal communities. In New Jersey we know the real threat posed by climate change and we know that threat is real. My constituents bore the brunt of Superstorm Sandy when it devastated the Jersey shore. We know that rising sea levels and the powerful storms that accompanied them jeopardize our coastal communities."


Senator Udall: (6:31 p.m.)

  • Spoke on climate change.
    • "But I come to the floor today, first of all, to thank Sheldon Whitehouse for his remarkable leadership on the issue of climate change. His weekly wake-up call speeches, I think, have inspired a lot of us. The articles he's covered -- this time called the climate wake-up for the 200th time. He's been down here religiously taking on this issue. This article, one of the major leaders in the environmental movement said about Sheldon's speeches, his speeches have been critically important in drawing attention to the need for climate action. She also said demand for climate action is only growing. And certainly we give him credit for his leadership in that effort. Very, very true."


Senator Reed: (6:44 p.m.)

  • Spoke on climate change.
    • "And when it comes to our national security, decisions are made through a careful risk and we must be sure to include risk caused by climate change. So it is particularly troubling to me to see that the current administration is choosing to ignore the reality of the scientific consensus by removing all references to climate change in documents like the national security strategy and the national defense strategy. The department of defense must be able to execute its missions effectively and efficiently, so it is disconcerting that climate-related events have already cost the Pentagon significant resources, measured in both monetary recourse as well as negative impacts on military readiness."


Senator Baldwin: (6:51 p.m.)

  • Spoke on climate change.
    • "Mr. President, I rise to join and thank Senator Whitehouse for his ongoing commitment to giving a voice to the issue of climate change and the threat it poses to our country and frankly our world. Senator Whitehouse has provided real moral leadership on this issue, and I want to express my gratitude for his unrelenting focus. Mr. President, let there be no doubt - climate change is real. The question is not whether it's happening but how we will address it. Are we going to do all that we can to leave the next generation a safer and healthier world? As my friend from Rhode Island has impressed upon us with due urgency week in and week out, climate change will be tremendously costly to our economy and to our very way of life, and the longer we wait to act, the more costly these impacts will be."