Addressing a nearly empty chamber and visitor gallery, more than two dozen speakers agreed with each other about the need to act on climate change. Naysayers, or Republicans largely stayed away, arguing hours earlier that regulation would cost Americans jobs in a sluggish economy.

Despite the performance, Democratic leaders made it clear they have no plans to bring a climate bill to the Senate floor this year.  Indeed, the issue is so politically charged that a host of Democrats who face tough re-election fights in the fall opted to skip the session.

Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., said Democrats who showed up were not convincing anyone with their stunt.

This Democratic motivation was not about the environment, but was all about campaign money — Tom Steyer’s money.

Steyer, a former hedge-fund manager and environmentalist who says he will spend $100 million, $50 million of his own money and $50 million from other donors, to make climate change a top-tier issue in the 2014 elections.

Leading off, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., called climate change “a question of our own survival” and said the United States and other countries have a responsibility to act “before it is too late.” This statement is from someone who has no credibility and is a major detriment to the Democratic Party.

House Democrats pushed through a bill to limit greenhouse gas emissions blamed for global warming in 2009, and then lost their majority the following election.  A climate bill led by then-Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry collapsed in 2010 without a vote in the Democratic-controlled Senate.

Democrats said the session was needed to highlight obstacles to climate legislation, including ads financed by Charles and David Koch, conservative activists who have spent $15 million on Senate races, mostly criticizing Democrats over Obamacare.  The Koch brothers, whose interests include oil, chemicals, textiles and paper, have also spent millions on ads critical of action against climate change.

Democrats conceded that lawmakers do not have the 60 votes needed to act on the matter, even in the Democratic-controlled Senate, but said the speeches could help change the dynamic.

A White House spokesman praised the participants for bringing attention to “a very important subject that the president is concerned about.”  He cited a climate action plan announced by Obama last year.  The plan would impose the first-ever limits on carbon pollution from new and existing power plants, as well as boost renewable energy production on federal lands and increase energy efficiency standards.

This is a perfect example of just how broken our Congress is and how everything they do is about lining their pockets with money.  And to think that these thieves are in our nation’s capital and not in prison.  What is so wrong is that the majorities of people ignore this problem and keep electing these fools and crooks.  In the old days…they hanged horse thieves.

 

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