Will Slumbering Senate Wake Up on Climate Change?

Will Slumbering Senate Wake Up on Climate Change?

by RP Siegel

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014 - 2:00pm



(3BL Media/Justmeans) - Earlier last week, 30 U.S. Senators stayed up all night discussing climate change for 15 hours. The event, called Up4Climate, was the first of its kind, hosted by the Senate Climate Action Task Force, which is headed by Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Barbara Boxer (D-CA). The 30 senators involved were not only committed, but they were also surprisingly knowledgeable about the subject, invoking scientific reports and citing a wide array of consequences and contributing factors including ocean acidification, pine beetles, and the Great Barrier Reef.

While no specific legislation was taken up during the session, President Obama made it clear that he supported the effort. According to White House spokesman Jay Carney, “We commend those who are participating because it’s a very important subject that the president, as you know, is concerned about and has a climate action plan dedicated to addressing.”

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RP Siegel, author and inventor, shines a powerful light on numerous environmental and technological topics. He has been published in business and technical journals and has written three books. His third, co-authored with Roger Saillant, is Vapor Trails, an eco-thriller that is being adapted for the big screen. RP is a professional engineer – and a prolific inventor, with 50 patents, numerous awards, and several commercial products. He is president of Rain Mountain LLC and is an active environmental advocate in his hometown of Rochester, N.Y. In addition to Justmeans, he writes for Triple Pundit, ThomasNet News, and Energy Viewpoints, occasionally contributing to Mechanical Engineering, Strategy + Business, and Huffington Post. You can follow RP on Twitter, @RPSiegel.

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