Durbin: Republicans Must Work With Democrats To Tackle Climate Change Crisis

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today called out his Republican colleagues for continuing to deny the science behind climate change and refusing to work with Democrats on a bipartisan basis to tackle this mounting crisis.  Just this week, scientists wrote that evidence showing human activity is the cause of global warming has reached a “gold standard” level of certainty and that “humanity cannot afford to ignore such clear standards.”

“For the four years the Republicans have been in control in the Senate, they have done nothing – nothing – and now they have a President who has the United States as the only country in the world that has withdrawn from the Paris Accord that tried to create a global strategy to deal with climate change,” Durbin said.  “We must talk about government policies that would guide us in the right direction for the future.”

Video of Durbin’s remarks on the Senate floor is available here.

Audio of Durbin’s remarks on the Senate floor is available here.

Earlier this month, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced that he will hold a sham vote in the Senate on a bill that he does not support, instead of actually doing something to address the real emergency of climate change.