UPDATE: Sanders has been on the Senate floor for more than 45 minutes challenging Inhofe’s statements and view on climate change. Inhofe stood up at 2:50 p.m. central time to ask for time to respond to Sanders’ comments. Inhofe will likely begin speaking momentarily.
Sen. Bernie Sanders, an Independent from Vermont, is scheduled to give a speech in the U.S. Senate at 2 p.m. central time challenging Sen. Jim Inhofe’s view that man-made global warming is a “hoax.”
In a press release, Sanders says it is a mistake for those who take climate change seriously to dismiss Inhofe, R-Tulsa, because the Republican Party follows him on the issue.
“Unlike Sen. Inhofe, most Americans are seeing the evidence of global warming with their own eyes,” Sanders says in the release.
“So far this year, 2.1 million acres in the western United States have burned in wildfires, two-thirds of the country is experiencing drought, extreme summer storms have flooded parts of the Midwest and Atlantic seaboard, and the last 12 months were the warmest 12-month period on record in the United States. Since last Jan 1, cities and regions in the United States have set 40,000 records for high temperatures, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
“The bad news is if we do nothing, the science is clear that temperatures will continue to increase, sea levels will continue to rise, and extreme weather will become more frequent and devastating.
“The good news is we have the technology to cut emissions today through efficiency and solar, wind, geothermal and biomass.
“It is time for Congress to get serious about global warming, and to work to transform our energy system. That starts by making sure that in this, the so-called greatest deliberative body, we deliberate with facts not myths.”