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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

BRAVO! Senator Whitehouse of Rhode Island

For delivering a very powerful speech on the Senate floor defending the science and urgency of accepting the reality of accelerating carbon levels and resulting climate change.  Here's the link to the video which is running on our main site:

How do you come down on climate change?  Will we look back in 20 years and realize the warming global temperatures were more cyclical then man made? 

Here, we don't think it matters.  All of us, industry, homeowners, schools, government can do more with less.  We have the ability to reduce carbon emissions and still fire up a global economy.  Why wouldn't we do that?  Don't we all want cleaner air...rivers...buildings?  What is the downside to being efficient and clean if jobs and commerce continue to roll?

We think that, too often, people get hung up on philosophical arguments without appreciating the simple steps that can lead to a cleaner brighter future while preserving financial gains and jobs.  Let's agree that less waste, pollution, contamination is good in the short and long-term, and getting the added benefit of slowing warming and ocean rises is a true win-win.

"If the State of Rhode Island didn't think it had great leadership and representation in Washington, we suggest that it take a moment and view this video of Rhode Island Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, where he rebuffs Senator James Inhofe's efforts to block a formal resolution acknowledging climate change. This took place on Thursday, July 28th.

Our friends at the 
Grist reported it as follows:

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) and Sen. James Inhofe (R.-Okla.) are practically like Batman and Joker around here (I’ll let you decide who is who depending on whether you have a brain or not). Inhofe continued the epic struggle by blocking a resolution that formally acknowledged the reality of climate change and carbon pollution’s role in it. Inhofe says he based his decision on a petition signed by 9,000 American people — though some of the signatures listed belonged to The Spice Girls (not American) and MASH’s Maj. Frank Burns (not a person).

The reflex response would of course be to froth at the mouth and start hitting yourself on the head with a mallet like a cartoon wolf. But instead Whitehouse, with the Zen calm of Lao Tzu, spends a solid seven minutes patiently eviscerating every denier argument ever (including why you should trust the combined intellect of NASA, NOAA, Mars Inc., and Walmart over that of Baby Spice).

Again Senator Whitehouse, BRAVO!  And for those of you who took the time to listen to the Senator's speech, you would realize that Corporate America taking steps to adjust means new jobs, new innovation, and new opportunities for everyone's future in living a sustainable and happy life"

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