Schatz, Warren, Brown, King

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

Senator Schatz: (5:39 p.m.)

  • Spoke on climate change.
    • "Cities are running out of water. Drought has distressed entire regions pushing people out of their homes and fueling conflict. Meanwhile here in the Trump Administration is actively undermining our ability to address climate change and at the E.P.A. in particular, Scott Pruitt is allowing polluters to violate the clean air act and the clean water act. He plans to eliminate limits on methane emissions and protections that keep toxic chemicals from polluting our waterways. He's rolling back the clean power plan and fuel efficient standards that keep too much carbon from polluting the air. He's cut the number of fines for polluters by more than half. And he's reduced E.P.A. staff so that it's down to the same level that it was in 1984. "

 

Senator Warren: (5:45 p.m.)

  • Spoke on climate change.
    • "President Trump may say that his drilling plan is about jobs, but the truth is that this offshore drilling proposal is a slap in the face to every hardworking coastal family. President Trump is willing to put corporate profits for his big oil buddies ahead of shipping crews in Boston, ahead of the fishermen from Gloucester to New Bedford, ahead of the mom and pop diners all along the Cape, ahead of every tourism industry worker, and ahead of the families of all of these workers."

 

Senator Brown: (5:55 p.m.)

  • Spoke on climate change.
    • "Climate change makes these algae blooms off the coast of Toledo in the western basin of Lake Erie, climate change makes those blooms worse. It contaminates our Lakes. It threatens the Ohio businesses and communities that rely on lake Erie, and I believe three summers ago Lake Erie, we had to get drinking water, bottled water to the citizens of Toledo and the surrounding areas in northwest Ohio because the water was not potable at that time. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, we know one effect of climate change in the great Lakes region has been a 37% increase in the gully washers, the heavy rain events that contribute to algae blooms."

 

Senator King: (6:06 p.m.)

  • Spoke on climate change.
    • "Senator Whitehouse has talked about climate change in terms of ocean acidification, temperature changes, sea level rise, drought, famine, the effects throughout the world, and often this chamber is empty, but his warnings are important and should be heeded nonetheless. So the first thing I want to do is to thank him and compliment him for the work that he has done over these many years and continues to do, and I can see his sign as I see it on C-SPAN and here on the floor that says wake up, and wake up is what we need to do."