Thursday, November 14, 2013

Wake up to climate change

OceansPACIt's time to wake up.

Today, I am heading to the floor of the U.S. Senate for the 50th consecutive week we are in session to urge my colleagues and Americans across the country to wake up to climate change. Climate change is a serious problem -- perhaps the greatest threat facing our country today.

Congress is simply not doing enough to address the problem. While I will continue to speak out, we need to continue to grow our ranks in Congress to have any chance of giving this issue the attention and action it demands.

OCEANS PAC helped elect climate champion Ed Markey, and his presence has made a huge difference in the Senate. We must continue electing new members who will join me in my fight against climate change, and protecting allies like Senators Al Franken and Jeff Merkley.

OCEANS PAC is dedicated to supporting candidates who support oceans and environmental issues. Will you join me in this effort?

Science makes one thing clear: Climate change is real.

If we fail to act, there is a real prospect of being disgraced as a country and as a Congress. If Congress doesn't have the political will to take action, future generations will look at our failure with shame.

But I remain optimistic. It is why I will continue coming to the Senate floor, urging my colleagues to wake up. Furthermore, we are making some progress in the fight against climate change, more than people realize.

With your help, I know we can successfully urge Congress to take action on climate change. Here's how: There must be political and electoral consequences for not taking climate change seriously.

That is why I started OCEANS PAC -- to invest money and energy in environmental champions who will help me address one of the pressing issues of our time, and fight against climate change deniers who don't hesitate to put millions of dollars behind their lies.

Thanks for all you do,

Sheldon Whitehouse
U.S. Senator