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The War On Coal April 16, 2015
Rob Woodall, R-GA
"But the current worldwide carbon emissions—again, this isn’t about clean air. This is about carbon dioxide in the air. Carbon dioxide is in the air. It is a natural part of the air. It is a required part of the air."
Concurrent Resolution On The Budget, Fiscal Year 2016—Continued March 24, 2015
Sheldon Whitehouse, D-RI
"Carbon pollution also makes the oceans more acidic—another scientific fact. Ocean water has absorbed roughly a quarter of all historic carbon dioxide emissions, driving up the pH level of the oceans at rates not seen in perhaps the last 300 million years. To put 300 million years in context, that is more than 1,000 times as long as our species has been on this planet. We are gambling with very big changes that we have never seen in human time and that are a long way back in geologic time."
Keystone Xl Pipeline Approval Act—Veto March 4, 2015
Jeff Merkley, D-OR
"The average forest fire season is getting longer. Since the 1980s the season has grown 60 to 80 days longer than it was before. That means that with each year passing the fire season is growing by an average of about 2 days, and the number of acres consumed annually by wildfires has doubled to more than 7 million acres. This is an enormous impact, and those fires themselves put additional carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. So we start to see a feedback mechanism that is accelerating us down this road to catastrophic change."
Climate Change February 25, 2015
Sheldon Whitehouse, D-RI
"The human contribution to climate change is no longer up for legitimate debate. We know that carbon pollution accumulates in the atmosphere. We know that carbon dioxide traps the sun’s heat. We have actually known that since Abraham Lincoln was President. We know that the atmosphere and the oceans are heating up. We can measure that."
Authority For Committees To Meet February 11, 2015
John Cornyn, R-TX
"Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent that the Committee on Environment and Public Works be authorized to meet during the session of the Senate on February 11, 2015, at 9:30 a.m., in room SD-406 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building, to conduct a hearing entitled, “Oversight Hearing: Examining EPA’s proposed carbon dioxide emissions rules from new, modified, and existing power plants.”"

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