First on CNN: Republicans hit Landrieu over climate change talk-a-thon
March 11th, 2014
10:09 AM ET
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First on CNN: Republicans hit Landrieu over climate change talk-a-thon

(CNN) - Nearly 30 senators staged an overnight debate on the Senate floor Monday night through Tuesday morning, trying to bring attention to what they say is a dire need to combat climate change with legislative action.

But Sen. Mary Landrieu, the new chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, was noticeably absent from the demonstration. The vulnerable Democrat faces re-election this fall in Louisiana, a state with large swaths of conservative voters.

And Republicans aren't letting her absence go unnoticed.

The National Republican Senatorial Committee, which aims to get Republicans elected to the Senate, put out a new web video Tuesday, hitting Landrieu for allowing the talk-a-thon to take place, despite her chairmanship. The video also argues the senator doesn't stand up enough for American energy.

"We're tired of waiting," the ad's narrator argues. A large spinning wheel–the kind typically seen as a website is loading–whirls on a black screen throughout the 30-second video, trying to convey a sense of impatience.

CNN reached out to see if Landrieu had a comment on why she didn't go to the event, but her office did not give an immediate response.

Landrieu wasn't the only Democratic senator who skipped the all-night session. Sens. Kay Hagan of North Carolina, Mark Pryor of Arkansas and Mark Begich of Alaska–all vulnerable lawmakers up for re-election this year–also passed.

Climate change over the years has turned into an issue that few facing difficult re-election campaigns have wanted to touch.

When Democrats tried to pass legislation during President Barack Obama's first term that would have capped carbon emissions, skepticism around climate change reached an all-time high.

Opponents, led by organizations and businesses involved in the fossil fuel industry, successfully turned public opinion and stopped any efforts in its tracks.

But the tide appears to be changing.

According to Gallup, 41% now say that climate change is exaggerated - 7 percentage points lower than its high in 2010. And the number of those who say the seriousness of the issue is underestimated is on the rise.

In his second term, Obama has also pledged to take more executive actions to deal with climate change and dedicate more money to the issue.

Obama wants limits on coal plants

CNN's Leigh Ann Caldwell contributed to this report.


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soundoff (35 Responses)
  1. Sniffit

    "Prove what Henry Miller is saying is false. You can't."

    The professional consensus of the global scientific community already has. Screaming "nuh uh!!!!!!" at the top of your lungs doesn't call it all into question...nor does finding the random nutjob scientist who is outnumbered thousands and thousands to one. Scientific consensus is not arrived at via just a few carefully cherry-picked data points and the whackadoo conspiracy theories you're being sold are nothing more than the usual friction that slows down progress and is viewed retrospectively years later as foolishness.

    March 11, 2014 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  2. sonny chapman

    She DIDN'T Speak ! This is a DAMN LIE !

    March 11, 2014 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  3. Gunderson

    Holy Climate Change,
    Reminds old Gunderson of Aesop Fable of Mice needing to put Bell on Cat. Everybody agreed it needed to be done but who brave enough to do it. Not Mary Landrieu.

    March 11, 2014 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  4. Bill from GA

    HenryMiller – " athropogenic climate change "

    There is no such thing. Maybe you meant anthropogenic climate change, but if you're going to use Big Scientific Words, GET IT RIGHT.

    March 11, 2014 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  5. Pm

    Easy to show cherry picking of information. Just look at the picture of glacier national park that shows global warming. All show a current picture of 2009. Really 2009, that's 5 yeas ago. Can't the government get the money for a get a new picture in the last 5 years. Or don't they want one. If you really wanted to show global warming you would show numerous pictures a year, every year. What about all the other pictures between 1940 and 1981. I am not saying global warming isn't happening, but you do have cherry picking of information.

    March 11, 2014 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  6. guest

    Correlation =/= causation. Right, Sniffit?

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    No but it does = a call for research on where the excess CO2 is coming from. And that research has been done, it is coming from man made industry and fossil fuel consuming products. It is also due to a reduction in the natural answer to excess CO2 in the form of trees, particularly rain forests, also due to man made industry.

    March 11, 2014 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  7. Winning

    Fair is Fair – "Correlation =/= causation. Right, Sniffit?"

    Except this isn't just a single correlation.

    Fact: the atmosphere keeps the earth from cooling to the point of uninhabitiability at night. There is a reason for this, and it is called the greenhouse effect.

    Fact: there are greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere.

    Fact: C02 is a greenhouse gas

    Fact: C02 is increasing in concentration

    Prediction based on facts: temperature should increase as CO2 increases.

    Observation: Over a long period of time, global temperature has increased.

    If we were just talking about one correlation, you'd have a solid point. But we're not. We are talking about many observations that lead to a prediction of the world that is verified by evidence.

    You want to dispute it? Find evidence that:

    CO2 is not a greenhouse gas; or
    Mechanisms for how the atmosphere keeps the earth warm are incorrect; or
    CO2 is not increasing in concentration

    Then with your new evidence, go and make a prediction that is verifiable, and then collect your nobel prize.

    March 11, 2014 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  8. Rudy NYC

    Pm

    Easy to show cherry picking of information. Just look at the picture of glacier national park that shows global warming. All show a current picture of 2009. Really 2009, that's 5 yeas ago. Can't the government get the money for a get a new picture in the last 5 years. Or don't they want one. If you really wanted to show global warming you would show numerous pictures a year, every year. What about all the other pictures between 1940 and 1981. I am not saying global warming isn't happening, but you do have cherry picking of information.
    -------------------------
    Seriously? You'd use only 41 years of data? Actual scientists use data that crosses hundreds and thousands of years.

    March 11, 2014 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  9. Bill from GA

    If the Dems weren't so gutless, Sen. Landrieu would find a way to capitalize on Climate Change. Few states are currently being impacted as much as Louisiana. But the one success the repubs have is their great propaganda machine, and the Dems have nothing to match it. Telling the truth is no match for the repubs lies, if so few believe it.

    I flew around the bottom of the Mississippi in the late seventies, and the river ended between levies surrounded by marshland. Now it ends between levies surrounded by water. Part of the blame for that is climate change.

    We went to war in Iraq based on lies, but the risk of not doing was presented as being too great to ignore. Righties deny climate change, but the risk of doing nothing if they are wrong is much greater. I guess they don't dare about the future generations. Because when we finally have enough proof for them, it will be way too late.

    March 11, 2014 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  10. Silence DoGood

    @Pm
    Easy to show cherry picking of information. Just look at the picture of glacier national park that shows global warming. All show a current picture of 2009. Really 2009, that's 5 yeas ago. Can't the government get the money for a get a new picture in the last 5 years. Or don't they want one. If you really wanted to show global warming you would show numerous pictures a year, every year. What about all the other pictures between 1940 and 1981. I am not saying global warming isn't happening, but you do have cherry picking of information.
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    Go to nasa or many other current sites for current pictures.

    March 11, 2014 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
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