Here’s an excerpt from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s opening remarks:
The seriousness of this problem is not lost on your average American. A large majority of Americans believe climate change is real.
A quarter century ago, Republican President George H.W. Bush promised to use the “White House effect” to combat the “greenhouse effect.” But despite overwhelming scientific evidence and overwhelming public opinion, climate change deniers still exist. They exist in this country and in this Congress.
And I am grateful to Senator Schatz, Senator Whitehouse and Senator Boxer – and many other Senators who will join this climate change debate tonight – for standing up to the deniers. It’s time to stop acting like those who ignore this crisis – the oil baron Koch brothers and their allies in Congress – have a valid point of view.
— Kate Sheppard Reid’s Opening Remarks (via thepoliticalfreakshow)