Whitehouse, Hirono, Klobuchar, Merkley

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

Senator Whitehouse: (6:58 p.m.)

  • Spoke on climate change.
    • "The fact that stands out for me at number 200 is the persistent failure of Congress to even take up the issue of climate change. One party won't even talk about it. One party in the executive branch is even gagging America's scientists and civil servants and striking the term climate change off of government websites. In the real world, in actual reality, we are long past any question as to the reality of climate change. The fact of that forces us to confront the question, what stymies Congress from legislating or even having hearings - no, I intend to give my remarks. I appreciate the senator's intervention. About climate change. What impels certain executive agencies to forbid even the words?"

 

Senator Hirono: (7:22 p.m.)

  • Spoke on climate change.
    • "Climate change will impact every state in our country and every country in the world. And in island and coastal communities like Hawaii, they impact - the impact will be particularly severe. Climate scientists agree that without decisive action, seas will likely rise by at least 3.2 feet by the end of the century. To put this in context, a child born today will likely experience these effects in their lifetime. I will focus my remarks today on the foreseeable impact on Hawaii. The state of Hawaii investigated and issued a chilling report about what a 3.2-foot sea level rise would mean for our state. 3.2 feet of sea level rise, the report concluded, would inundate more than 25,000 acres of land across Hawaii."

 

Senator Klobuchar: (7:31 p.m.)

  • Spoke on climate change.
    • "When President Trump announced that the United States would withdraw from the climate change agreement this summer, the worldwide international climate change agreement, I heard an outpouring of concern. 195 countries made a pledge to come together to combat climate change, and in withdrawing, the U.S. was first one of only three countries that wouldn't be in the agreement. The other two were Syria and Nicaragua. Then, guess what? Syria and Nicaragua signed the accord. Now the United States is the only country not to sign the accord. It is a big step backwards. It's the wrong decision for our economy, and it's the wrong decision for the environment."

 

Senator Merkley: (7:37 p.m.)

  • Spoke on climate change.
    • "We have a significant challenge, the sort of challenge that you may not notice from one day to the next. We may wake up tomorrow and not realize that the damage being done to our planet is greater than the day before. We may not be able to wake up a week from now and realize the damage is more. But nonetheless, it is if looked at over any significant span of time a huge, huge force wreaking havoc on our planet, and it will just get worse with time if we do not take on this pollution of the atmosphere by carbon dioxide. Back in 1959, an eminent scientist was asked to speak to the 100th anniversary of the petroleum industry. That - that scientist was Edward Teller."