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Ben Cardin, Fellow Senators Vow Action on Climate Change

A group of Democratic senators is organizing to "wake up Congress" to the dangers of climate change, in particular how it can harm the Chesapeake Bay area.

Sen. Ben Cardin of Maryland Credit: Cardin's Senate website
Sen. Ben Cardin of Maryland Credit: Cardin's Senate website
By JUSTINE MCDANIEL
Capital News Service

Progress on climate change can be made in this Congress and workable solutions for reducing greenhouse gases and other factors in global warming exist, Maryland Sen. Ben Cardin said Tuesday at a press conference for the newly formed Senate Climate Action Task Force.

Led by Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., the Democratic senators, plus one independent, vowed to “wake up Congress” to the dangers of climate change through speeches, press conferences and legislative action in the coming weeks.

“Water level rises are increasing. Representing a coastal state like Maryland, we see that. We see the impact of that,” Cardin said.

Over the last 100 years, the Chesapeake Bay has risen more than a foot, and it could rise up to 5 feet more by the end of the next century.

If the Bay’s levels rise another 5 feet, approximately 3,700 miles of state and county roads will be under water, according to a 2013 Capital News Service analysis.

While thanking the Obama administration for progress made over the last five years, Cardin said the task force will encourage the administration to take more action. It also seeks to “block the negative activities that come particularly from the House of Representatives,” he said.

A number of Republicans in the House and Senate do not support the effort to combat climate change.

Last week, in a speech on the Senate floor, Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., cited record-breaking cold weather and snowstorms that coincided with global warming-related speeches and events over the past 10 years as evidence against climate change.

“While there’s been a concerted effort of people to believe that global warming is taking place, that we’re all going to die and all of that, at the same time the evidence out there is... almost laughable,” he said.

Cardin was joined by Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and others who also talked about the effect of global warming in their home states.

“Congress may not know what’s going on, but the Maine lobsters know what’s going on, because they’re moving north,” King said. “The Maine lobstermen are about as conservative a bunch of people as you can find on this planet, but they know something’s changing out there. They’re finding seahorses in their lobster traps.”

Many senators offered both anecdotal and scientific evidence, saying that those opposed to climate change deny science. They spoke of the need to protect the planet for future generations and address the problems that are already arising as a result of global warming.

“We’re going to fight lies with truth, and we now have the Climate Action Task Force; we are going to be actively engaged to bring these issues to the attention of the American people and our colleagues,” Cardin said.
JaySmith January 25, 2014 at 12:14 AM
Man-made global warming is just not happening. Cardin, Mikulski and the rest of the dem liberals who believe it is, owe it to us to let us know how much the temperature has increased over the last 10-15 years (none) and if there's ANY....to PROVE it's due to CO2, and if it IS, then prove that we can make a difference if China and India refuse to go along with the scheme, and if they DO, then to prove it's worth it to wreck our economy because it MIGHT be good to warm up a little bit. But of course, they haven't thought this out....Cardin, Mikulski and libs like Ruth, above. And they probably haven't made a statement themselves by refusing to drive cars or get in airplanes. So, really they haven't thought about the steps in the logical process, and they haven't become "hypocrisy-free". What HAVE they done? Nothing. Haven't thought, and haven't done. Typical Democrats
Buck Harmon January 25, 2014 at 09:09 AM
Luckily, the world has it's own way of maintaining it's own balance...we are mere ants that scratch the surface of this planet, scrambling about in search of what exactly? A couple of big waves, a few massive storms have the ability to shut down the fragile grid system that our greed driven society has become completely dependant on and there is not a damn thing that human beings can do to prevent or stop it. We deserve whatever wrath that nature deals our way...we are after all just human beings living on borrowed time in a very small portion of the history of this planet.
JaySmith January 25, 2014 at 09:19 AM
Buck: GR8 Points !! Well, except that we 'deserve' nature's wrath. Weather catastrophes like hurricanes, tornadoes, volcanic eruptions happen by chance and with no malice towards the victims. Pompei/Vesuvius didn't bury the town because they were greedy. But you know that, I'm just sayin
JaySmith January 25, 2014 at 09:30 AM
Ruth/Amanda: Noooooo.....the reason we don't believe in AGW is because 1) temps haven't risen in 15 years, and 2) Climate-Gate of Nov '09, showed beyond a shadow of a doubt that the world's foremost repository of climate data, at the CRU at East Anglia University in England......was filled with liars and deceivers (chief Jones, and Ruffa and dzns of others), even some who were part of it but taught at Penn State like Michael Mann who made his 'hockey stick' graph famous in December of '05 -- all with faulty science -- Climate-Gate, you prob don't know this so I'll explain it -- was the release of 10s of thousands of their emails for 10 years -- by someone who'd gotten SICK of the deception. They never found out who did it ! But the "releaser" exposed the fake/false results. So......Ruth/Amanda.....how much do you know about Climate-Gate? Probably not much b/c the NYT and WaPo and ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN didn't cover it. But the media in England, and our FoxNews, DID cover it. And you can read the entire story on the header-click at wattsupwiththat.com, but of course you won't b/c you'd rather just believe the myths of AGW -- do you know what AGW stands for? Well maybe it's time to start researching. Check out Jones, Mann, Ruffa emails and see the doctoring of data, the importance they put on 'hiding the decline'......and "Mike's nature trick"......etc, etc. Michael Mann should've been fired from Penn State. Do you know what 'science' went into the development of Mike's "hockey stick" graph. None......it's more like "pseudo-science", that means fake science. Now go start reading on wattsupwiththat.com, or..........don't, and just keep believing in AGW
JaySmith January 25, 2014 at 09:55 AM
Cardin/Mikulski/Boxer/Ruth/Amanda: In wattsupwiththat.com under 'Climate-Gate' header/tab, this is easily found to show what the emails exposed. By the way, Michael Mann of Penn State made his 'hockey-stick' graph famous (printed on page 1 of WaPo no less, on 12/4/55) BY USING tree-rings to compute temps back 1000 years. It's a ridiculously UNPRECISE way of measuring land temps....but what the hell......the media believed it ! So look at his photo holding a tree-trunk! This is great: http://wattsupwiththat.com/2009/11/28/understanding-climategate-whos-who-a-video/

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