Senate votes 98-1 that climate change is “not a hoax”

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The Republican-led Senate easily passed an amendment to the Keystone pipeline bill on Wednesday that says climate change is real, but then rejected a more specific amendment that said climate change is caused by human activity.House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-Texas) has labeled the immigration reform bill the House is looking to bring to the floor for a vote next week “the most significant and toughest border security bill ever set before Congress,” but members from both sides of the aisle say the legislation doesn’t pass muster. “This is a horror of a bill,” Rep.

Japanese archaeologists have unearthed the ruins of a moat in Asuka, Nara Prefecture, and they believe it may have been part of a burial mound for an ancient emperor. The first vote raised eyebrows given the GOP’s general rejection of Democratic arguments that the climate is changing because humans are polluting the planet. In a development that stunned Democratic senators and environmental groups, the most prominent climate change contrarian in the Senate, Environment and Public Works Committee chairman James Inhofe (R-Okla.), joined Democratic Sen. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) told The Hill. “The cost is enormous, and it’s just impossible for the Homeland Security Department, I believe, to even engage in some of the responsibilities being asked for.” According to The Hill, McCaul’s bill is “designed to secure the southern border by requiring the Homeland Security Department to block all illegal migrations within five years, or two years for high-traffic regions.” But some lawmakers like Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-Calif.) say that the bill is more than just difficult to implement — it’s also just bad policy. “This needs a big fix, and tinkering on the edges doesn’t solve it,” Becerra said. “And trying to avoid dealing with the tough issues is a wimpy way to make policy in Washington, D.C.” Not all of McCaul’s criticism is coming from the left, though.

Eugene Tanner/Associated Press The Senate is expected to vote as soon as Wednesday on dueling climate change amendments, as the two parties wrangle over a wide range of energy issues in their ongoing debate over the Keystone XL pipeline. While the amendments have no chance of changing current laws, the votes could be illuminating on where senators stand on a contentious political issue.

The archaeologists believe it dates to the mid-seventh century and was likely the first burial site of the Emperor Jomei, before his body was moved to a second location. Jeff Sessions of Alabama echoed the Democrats’ frustration with the immigration legislation, saying, “We cannot be satisfied with measures that create the appearance of doing something while changing little.” At last, something both sides can agree on.

If Whitehouse’s amendment had included one additional word or phrase, such as “man-made,” it wouldn’t have drawn Inhofe’s support, or that of many of his Republican colleagues. It restates part of the State Department’s environmental review on Keystone, which acknowledges the consensus of climate change scientists around the world that the phenomenon is real and human-caused. “This is an opportunity for people on either side of the Keystone debate to agree on something and that is the facts,” Mr.

But then he noted that because the amendment didn’t purport to claim what is causing climate change, it was a harmless “yes” vote for Republicans. “The hoax is that there are some people who are so arrogant to think that they are so powerful they can change climate. In offering his amendment, Whitehouse, who has tirelessly taken to the Senate floor to give dozens climate science speeches in the past few years, pleaded for bipartisanship. Man can’t change climate,” he said. “I ask my colleagues to vote for the Whitehouse/Inhofe amendment.” The more important vote came soon after, when the Senate considered language from Sen.

Hoeven’s amendment is designed as an alternative for moderate Republicans who may be worried about going against a scientific consensus on climate change. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska.) noted the difference, and called on senators to vote against it. “There is a distinct difference between this amendment and what we just previously considered,” she said. While Schatz’s language failed because of the artificial 60-vote threshold, it does show that bare majority of senators believe humans are contributing to climate change. Hoeven, in fact, voted against his own amendment, which quoted from a State Department report on the pipeline and expressed opposition to voting to increase energy costs and eliminate jobs. Mike Lee (R-Utah), for example, had a proposal to cap legal fees that can be recouped when parties successfully sue the federal government under the Endangered Species Act, but it failed 54-45.

Some prominent Republican senators voted in favor of it, however, including Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, Susan Collins of Maine, Mark Kirk of Illinois, and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina. James Inhofe (R., Okla.) wrote in 2012 denying climate-change science, whose title is “The Greatest Hoax: How the Global Warming Conspiracy Threatens Your Future.” Graham announced on Sunday that he is considering a run for president in 2016, and Kirk is facing a potentially tough re-election fight in a blue state.

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