The U.S. Senate has finally acknowledged that climate change is real. On January 21, as part of the debate on the Keystone XL pipeline, the Senate passed an amendment by a vote of 98 to 1 stating, “It is the sense of the Senate that climate change is real and not a hoax.”
Two other amendments failed, however. While 59 Senators agreed that human activity contributes to climate change, only 50 agreed it “significantly” contributes. Both fell short of the 60 votes needed to pass.
The difference between these three amendments may seem trivial, but if lawmakers believe human activity does not contribute to climate change, then they feel no responsibility to take action…
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