May 20. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse said this on the floor of the Senate today:
“So, you may have a question for me,” Whitehouse said. “Why do you care? Why do you, Sheldon Whitehouse, Democrat of Rhode Island, care if we Republicans run off the climate cliff like a bunch of proverbial lemmings and disgrace ourselves? I’ll tell you why. We’re stuck in this together. We are stuck in this together. When cyclones tear up Oklahoma and hurricanes swamp Alabama and wildfires scorch Texas, you come to us, the rest of the country, for billions of dollars to recover. And the damage that your polluters and deniers are doing doesn’t just hit Oklahoma and Alabama and Texas. It hits Rhode Island with floods and storms. It hits Oregon with acidified seas, it hits Montana with dying forests. So, like it or not, we’re in this together.”
Of course, he’s right. We all will pay for the science deniers and fossil fuel executives willful ignorance and greed. They will say, “This is in bad taste. We should grieve, etc, etc” Unfortunately people forget real quick. They need to be reminded about our path to climate disaster with every weather disaster (whether we can prove that particular event was caused by global warming or not).