By Victoria Tang 
21 January 2015

(Wired) – United States Senators stood up for what they believed in today—and it wasn’t pretty. During a debate over construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, intended to carry oil from Canada to the United States, the Senate voted on an amendment—just for show, really—on whether climate change “is real and not a hoax.” Easy question—everyone said yes, it’s real. (Well, not everyone. Good job, Senator Roger Wicker, Republican from Mississippi. You do not believe science.) But then Brian Schatz, Democrat from Hawaii, decided to push the issue. He introduced another amendment adding that human activity was a significant contributor to the aforementioned climate change. And the Senate voted again.

The results? Ahem. Fifty US senators affirmed that they indeed do believe that the activities of human beings contribute to climate change. OK. But 49 senators—fully half the upper house that represents our grand republic—do not. [more]

Voted against the amendment (nay—human activities don’t contribute to climate change) Voted for the amendment (yea—human activities contribute to climate change)
Barrasso, John (R – WY) Alexander, Lamar (R – TN)
Blunt, Roy (R – MO) Ayotte, Kelly (R – NH)
Boozman, John (R – AR) Baldwin, Tammy (D – WI)
Burr, Richard (R – NC) Bennet, Michael F. (D – CO)
Capito, Shelley Moore (R – WV) Blumenthal, Richard (D – CT)
Cassidy, Bill (R – LA) Booker, Cory A. (D – NJ)
Coats, Daniel (R – IN) Boxer, Barbara (D – CA)
Cochran, Thad (R – MS) Brown, Sherrod (D – OH)
Corker, Bob (R – TN) Cantwell, Maria (D – WA)
Cornyn, John (R – TX) Cardin, Benjamin L. (D – MD)
Cotton, Tom (R – AR) Carper, Thomas R. (D – DE)
Crapo, Mike (R – ID) Casey, Robert P., Jr. (D – PA)
Cruz, Ted (R – TX) Collins, Susan M. (R – ME)
Daines, Steve (R – MT) Coons, Christopher A. (D – DE)
Enzi, Michael B. (R – WY) Donnelly, Joe (D – IN)
Ernst, Joni (R – IA) Durbin, Richard J. (D – IL)
Fischer, Deb (R – NE) Feinstein, Dianne (D – CA)
Flake, Jeff (R – AZ) Franken, Al (D – MN)
Gardner, Cory (R – CO) Gillibrand, Kirsten E. (D – NY)
Grassley, Chuck (R – IA) Graham, Lindsey (R – SC)
Hatch, Orrin G. (R – UT) Heinrich, Martin (D – NM)
Heller, Dean (R – NV) Heitkamp, Heidi (D – ND)
Hoeven, John (R – ND) Hirono, Mazie K. (D – HI)
Inhofe, James M. (R – OK) Kaine, Tim (D – VA)
Isakson, Johnny (R – GA) King, Angus S., Jr. (I – ME)
Johnson, Ron (R – WI) Kirk, Mark (R – IL)
Lankford, James (R – OK) Klobuchar, Amy (D – MN)
Lee, Mike (R – UT) Leahy, Patrick J. (D – VT)
McCain, John (R – AZ) Manchin, Joe, III (D – WV)
McConnell, Mitch (R – KY) Markey, Edward J. (D – MA)
Moran, Jerry (R – KS) McCaskill, Claire (D – MO)
Murkowski, Lisa (R – AK) Menendez, Robert (D – NJ)
Paul, Rand (R – KY) Merkley, Jeff (D – OR)
Perdue, David (R – GA) Mikulski, Barbara A. (D – MD)
Portman, Rob (R – OH) Murphy, Christopher (D – CT)
Risch, James E. (R – ID) Murray, Patty (D – WA)
Roberts, Pat (R – KS) Nelson, Bill (D – FL)
Rounds, Mike (R – SD) Peters, Gary (D – MI)
Rubio, Marco (R – FL) Reed, Jack (D – RI)
Sasse, Ben (R – NE) Sanders, Bernard (I – VT)
Scott, Tim (R – SC) Schatz, Brian (D – HI)
Sessions, Jeff (R – AL) Schumer, Charles E. (D – NY)
Shelby, Richard C. (R – AL) Shaheen, Jeanne (D – NH)
Sullivan, Daniel (R – AK) Stabenow, Debbie (D – MI)
Thune, John (R – SD) Tester, Jon (D – MT)
Tillis, Thom (R – NC) Udall, Tom (D – NM)
Toomey, Patrick J. (R – PA) Warner, Mark R. (D – VA)
Vitter, David (R – LA) Warren, Elizabeth (D – MA)
Wicker, Roger F. (R – MS) Whitehouse, Sheldon (D – RI)
Wyden, Ron (D – OR)

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  1. Anonymous said...

    Deserts formed long before the industrial revolution. Is it too much of a stretch, to imagine more could form absent human activity?  


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