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Mon Mar 10, 2014, 05:39 PM

Senate Climate Discussion Happening NOW on C-Span

http://www.c-span.org/live/?channel=c-span-2

Senator Reid is starting the discussion - Australia experiencing their hottest summer yet, Tokyo had - did I hear him right? - how many years of snow in one month?

Durbin is now on...

More info: http://www.schatz.senate.gov/press-releases/monday-march-10_tuesday-march-11-senators-speaking-all-night-to-urge-action-on-climate-change

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From my email from climate reality project: "Climate change might certainly cause some sleepless nights, but what's happening tonight on Capitol Hill is something entirely new.

Starting right now, 6:30 pm EST, 30 passionate Senators -- including members of the Senate Climate Action Task Force -- are taking to the Senate floor to talk nonstop about climate change through the wee hours of the morning. They're attempting to elevate the urgency of climate disruption -- because it truly is one of the most important issues of our time.

We wanted to make sure you knew this was happening tonight -- very soon in fact -- so we hope you'll take a few minutes to be a part of this historic event.

Here's how you can get involved:

Follow along on Twitter using the hashtag #Up4Climate
Watch the event live starting at around 6:30 pm EDT here
Spread the word on Twitter and Facebook, forward this email, or use an old-fashioned telephone and call your friends and have them join you!

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Reply Senate Climate Discussion Happening NOW on C-Span (Original post)
rosesaylavee Mar 2014 OP
Berlum Mar 2014 #1
rosesaylavee Mar 2014 #2
Berlum Mar 2014 #5
rosesaylavee Mar 2014 #6
rosesaylavee Mar 2014 #3
sheshe2 Mar 2014 #18
rosesaylavee Mar 2014 #4
rosesaylavee Mar 2014 #7
okaawhatever Mar 2014 #33
rosesaylavee Mar 2014 #8
rosesaylavee Mar 2014 #9
Beaverhausen Mar 2014 #10
rosesaylavee Mar 2014 #17
Beaverhausen Mar 2014 #21
rosesaylavee Mar 2014 #27
DesertFlower Mar 2014 #11
rosesaylavee Mar 2014 #29
madamesilverspurs Mar 2014 #12
rosesaylavee Mar 2014 #15
hatrack Mar 2014 #31
rosesaylavee Mar 2014 #34
rosesaylavee Mar 2014 #13
madamesilverspurs Mar 2014 #22
rosesaylavee Mar 2014 #23
rosesaylavee Mar 2014 #14
Lucinda Mar 2014 #16
onecent Mar 2014 #19
rosesaylavee Mar 2014 #25
sheshe2 Mar 2014 #20
rosesaylavee Mar 2014 #24
babylonsister Mar 2014 #26
rosesaylavee Mar 2014 #28
Berlum Mar 2014 #35
rosesaylavee Mar 2014 #30
rosesaylavee Mar 2014 #32

Response to rosesaylavee (Original post)

Mon Mar 10, 2014, 05:43 PM

1. "We urge Amuricans to listen to us, and to stop dealing with reality. Smirk." - RepubliWankers (R)

"We know we eeleetes can rake in massive more moneybucks for the 1% in the short term by continuing to rape and pollute the planet that you Smelly American Proles (SAPs) inhabit. So STFU, sit down, feed your face, and tune into Fox Propaganda (R). Sneer."

- RepubliWankers (R)

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Response to rosesaylavee (Original post)

Mon Mar 10, 2014, 05:45 PM

2. Barbara Boxer hits the nail on the head - deniers are making money on polluting

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Response to rosesaylavee (Reply #2)

Mon Mar 10, 2014, 05:51 PM

5. Indeed - Republicons are profiteering MASSively (at our expense)

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Response to Berlum (Reply #5)

Mon Mar 10, 2014, 05:53 PM

6. This is such an important discussion - a few years late given the crisis

but an important one.

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Response to rosesaylavee (Original post)

Mon Mar 10, 2014, 05:47 PM

3. List of Senators planning on participating in this 35th historic all-niter

Senators expected to participate include:

Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.

Senator Dick Durbin, D-Ill.

Senator Charles Schumer, D-N.Y.

Senator Patty Murray, D-Wash.

Senator Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I.

Senator Barbara Boxer, D-Calif.

Senator Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.

Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore.

Senator Bill Nelson, D-Fla.

Senator Maria Cantwell, D-Wash.

Senator Benjamin L. Cardin, D-Md.

Senator Bernard Sanders, I-Vt.

Senator Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn.

Senator Mark Udall, D-Colo.

Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M.

Senator Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H.

Senator Jeff Merkley, D-Ore.

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y.

Senator Al Franken, D-Minn.

Senator Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn.

Senator Chris Murphy, D-Conn.

Senator Martin Heinrich, D-N.M.

Senator Angus King, I-Maine

Senator Tim Kaine, D-Va.

Senator Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass.

Senator Edward J. Markey, D-Mass.

Senator Cory Booker, D-N.J.

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Response to rosesaylavee (Reply #3)

Mon Mar 10, 2014, 06:45 PM

18. Thank you for the list.

My 2 Senators from Mass are there, as I knew they would be.

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Response to rosesaylavee (Original post)

Mon Mar 10, 2014, 05:49 PM

4. Ron Wyden - compares Climate Change to a speeding MAC truck

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Response to rosesaylavee (Original post)

Mon Mar 10, 2014, 05:55 PM

7. So we have 28 Democratic Senators, 2 Independents pulling an all-nighter and where are DUers?

This is historic. It's a response to a crisis that we will be fortunate to pull thru.

35 people have looked at this and no comments?

No KR?

Who ARE you guys these days?

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Response to rosesaylavee (Reply #7)

Mon Mar 10, 2014, 10:47 PM

33. I know. A lot of bluster, very little action. nt

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Response to rosesaylavee (Original post)

Mon Mar 10, 2014, 06:07 PM

8. 28 Reasons Why 28 Senators Are Talking About Climate Change All Night

http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2014/03/10/3382301/senators-all-night-climate-session/

In January, a group of 18 Senators launched the Climate Action Task Force to bring more attention to the issue of climate change. Starting Monday, 28 Senators are leading an all-night session of speeches on climate change in one of the task force’s first major endeavors.

The Climate Action Task Force is made up of all Democrats and the Senators speaking throughout Monday night and into Tuesday morning include Democrats and two Independents, but this isn’t due to lack of reaching across the aisle. “How about we get five Republicans from coastal states whose states are already suffering from sea level rise, droughts, floods and all the rest of it?” Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) said at the launch of the task force.

Here’s a list of how climate change is impacting all the states represented by Senators in Monday’s all-night session. For every state represented, there is another state not represented — like Texas, or Mississippi, or McConnell’s home state of Kentucky — that’s suffering just as badly, if not worse.

Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) California is in the midst of one of the state’s worst droughts in recorded history. ClimateProgress’s Joe Romm has written several times about how climate change is exacerbating the drought.

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Response to rosesaylavee (Original post)

Mon Mar 10, 2014, 06:13 PM

9. The Crisis of our lifetimes and only one person responding on this thread

only one person recommending this as something important to look at...

Good lord... I don't know DU anymore.

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Response to rosesaylavee (Reply #9)

Mon Mar 10, 2014, 06:18 PM

10. well, perhaps its because most/all of us don't need to be convinced about this issue

and sadly, the other side won't listen.

but thanks for letting me know- I'll turn it on when I get home.

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Response to Beaverhausen (Reply #10)

Mon Mar 10, 2014, 06:36 PM

17. I have heard that ... I don't think we all know *all* we need to know.

The fact that they are finally FINALLY talking about this gives me hope that we will move forward on this issue. I give presentations on this ... many liberals attend my presentations and they have little idea of how critical it is that we all act NOW .... this is happening now and is not about some far off future time. Between now and 2020 will be critical to how we will survive. There is hope... but only if people wake the fuck up. Now.

We can know a lot about all this but what will we do? Time for hand wringing is long done.

I know you know this but this thread, this site overall is just so frustrating to me...

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Response to rosesaylavee (Reply #17)

Mon Mar 10, 2014, 07:13 PM

21. the issue is actually very depressing to me. I think we are just past the point where we can fix it

We are fucking up this planet and the forces who are arguing the other side are simply too powerful.

It's just too depressing.

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Response to Beaverhausen (Reply #21)

Mon Mar 10, 2014, 08:50 PM

27. It is depressing and there is a lot of grief related to this

BUT there is still hope. It is very important for us to get policy changed to tax carbon polluters. To get more states and encourage the federal government to subsidize green energy sources.

Germany has subsidized their green energy sources - uses a lot of solar in spite of the little amount of sun it receives. I do not have a link on this but from what I understand from a recent presentation I attended, for those people who are not able to afford solar, the government or state entity buys the solar for their residence and then that entity takes payments on it thru energy credits over a period of time.

Batteries were a long time problem with solar but the technology on solar batteries has greatly improved. There are solar products now that work in ambient light, on cloudy days.

We need to focus like a laser on this as a people - we need to build up the focus that our parents and grandparents brought to winning WW2. That is the kind of energy and community effort this will need.

I understand the grief. HOWEVER, I will agree to feel and move forward to fix this, to address this climate crisis with my very last breath if need be if it means my son, his kids, my nieces and nephews will be able to have a life, to be able to experience Nature, to be able to breathe the air and drink the water. If we ignore this, the food shortages, the water shortages will be devastating for millions of people. And soon.

Thanks for expressing this... it's important to state out front that this is frightening, it's depressing but we are a people of great courage and determination. We can do this. Doing something about this is who we are.

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Response to rosesaylavee (Original post)

Mon Mar 10, 2014, 06:21 PM

11. K&R. nt

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Response to DesertFlower (Reply #11)

Mon Mar 10, 2014, 08:52 PM

29. Thank you!

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Response to rosesaylavee (Original post)

Mon Mar 10, 2014, 06:24 PM

12. Setting himself up --

Imhofe (R- OK), highly paid shill for the oil industry, is now yammering on about the "scandal" of climate change, snotting off about Al Gore, etc.

Lob, volley.

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Response to madamesilverspurs (Reply #12)

Mon Mar 10, 2014, 06:31 PM

15. I would love to lob, volley!

I have no idea why they are allowing him to prattle on about stupidity...

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Response to madamesilverspurs (Reply #12)

Mon Mar 10, 2014, 09:26 PM

31. And the really good news - Coburn is retiring, and so is Imhofe

Not quitting, but each has let it be known that these will be their last terms.

Glad to see someone's at least talking about this (though we're past the talking stage, I'm afraid).

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Response to hatrack (Reply #31)

Tue Mar 11, 2014, 04:59 AM

34. We have to get past this talking stage and get doing right now.

This is a great sign of improvement actually...

There is a Climate 'Solutions' Summit at the UN this fall and I am hopeful that some of the solutions presented at that will be exciting enough, worthwhile enough that people here in this country will move forward on this. We absolutely need to move past talking about it.

These two yahoos and the others in their denier camp will be exposed more widely as the greedy, self-serving perps they are ... sooner than they think.

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Response to rosesaylavee (Original post)

Mon Mar 10, 2014, 06:26 PM

13. Inhofe drags out that old, tired 'climategate' claim

From the Union of Concerned Scientists:

The manufactured controversy over emails stolen from the University of East Anglia's Climatic Research Unit has generated a lot more heat than light. The email content being quoted does not indicate that climate data and research have been compromised. Most importantly, nothing in the content of these stolen emails has any impact on our overall understanding that human activities are driving dangerous levels of global warming. Media reports and contrarian claims that they do are inaccurate.

At least six official investigations have cleared scientists of accusations of wrongdoing.

A three-part Penn State University investigation cleared scientist Michael Mann (PDF) of wrongdoing.
Two reviews commissioned by the University of East Anglia "supported the honesty and integrity of scientists in the Climatic Research Unit."
A UK Parliament report concluded that the emails have no bearing on our understanding of climate science and that claims against UEA scientists are misleading.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Inspector General's office concluded there was no evidence of wrongdoing on behalf of their employees.
The National Science Foundation Inspector General's (PDF) office concluded, "Lacking any direct evidence of research misconduct ... we are closing this investigation with no further action."

Other agencies and media outlets have investigated the substance of the emails.

The Environmental Protection Agency, in response to petitions against action to curb heat-trapping emissions, dismissed attacks on the science rooted in the stolen emails.
Factcheck.org debunked claims that the emails put the conclusions of climate science into question.
Politifact.com rated claims that the emails falsify climate science as "false."
An Associated Press review of the emails found that they "don't undercut the vast body of evidence showing the world is warming because of manmade greenhouse gas emissions."

While the emails have raised some concerns, the email content that has been quoted does not indicate that climate data and research have been compromised. Most importantly, nothing in the content of the stolen emails has any impact on our overall understanding that human activities are driving dangerous levels of global warming.

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Response to rosesaylavee (Reply #13)

Mon Mar 10, 2014, 07:49 PM

22. Sheldon Whitehouse

now taking Imhofe to task and obliterating the stupidity behind Imhofe's remarks.

Love Whitehouse!

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Response to madamesilverspurs (Reply #22)

Mon Mar 10, 2014, 08:24 PM

23. He's a heroic politician

He speaks on climate change every week.

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Response to rosesaylavee (Original post)

Mon Mar 10, 2014, 06:30 PM

14. From NOAA Climate Report on January

January 2014 WAS the hottest month ever per data collected by climate scientists.

Sure, the central and eastern parts of the US were experiencing the polar vortex (caused by climate change) but the rest of the world experienced record breaking heat.

Data available here.

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Response to rosesaylavee (Original post)

Mon Mar 10, 2014, 06:34 PM

16. ...

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Response to rosesaylavee (Original post)

Mon Mar 10, 2014, 06:46 PM

19. K & R n/t

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Response to onecent (Reply #19)

Mon Mar 10, 2014, 08:24 PM

25. Thank you!

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Response to rosesaylavee (Original post)

Mon Mar 10, 2014, 06:52 PM

20. DU Rec!

Turning it on now.

It is one of the most pressing issues of our time

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Response to sheshe2 (Reply #20)

Mon Mar 10, 2014, 08:24 PM

24. Yes. It is certainly is!

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Response to rosesaylavee (Original post)

Mon Mar 10, 2014, 08:33 PM

26. FB- spread the word...

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Response to babylonsister (Reply #26)

Mon Mar 10, 2014, 08:52 PM

28. +10000

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Response to babylonsister (Reply #26)

Tue Mar 11, 2014, 06:44 AM

35. + 1,000


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Response to rosesaylavee (Original post)

Mon Mar 10, 2014, 09:04 PM

30. Besides getting our congress to address this there are other things you can do

You can:

*Book a climate change presentation for your community group, church or book club, etc. Climate Reality has trained over 6000 people globally do to a training that could range from 30 minutes to 90 minutes - you tell them what the time period is. Find a presenter or an existing climate presentation here: http://presenters.climaterealityproject.org/presentation_search

*Call your representatives weekly to tell them this is important to you. That this subject concerns you and ask them what they are doing about it. Even if they disagree, or deny this is happening, they do keep track of calls, emails, letters.

*Talk to your town or city about the sustainability measures they have put into place. If they don't have them, ask why not?

*Ask your college, your church, your community group to divest from fossil fuels. If you have funds invested in fossil fuels - divest!

*Join others who are working to make a difference! – Climate Reality Project, 350.org, Peaceful Uprising, Sierra Club are only a few.

Get involved!

Read up on this!

Don't let people say it's not happening anymore!

Make some noise!

We need to work together to fix this!


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Response to rosesaylavee (Original post)

Mon Mar 10, 2014, 09:34 PM

32. #Up4Climate

#Up4Climate

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