Bernie Sanders Sets Republicans Up To Humiliate Themselves On Climate Change Vote

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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) has forced Senate Republicans into a potentially embarrassing vote on whether or not climate change is real. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) that the Senate will vote on the Sanders climate change amendment to the Keystone XL bill.

The Hill reported:

At his weekly press briefing, McConnell said “nobody is blocking any amendments” to legislation that would approve construction of the Keystone XL pipeline.

The GOP leader had promised to allow an open amendment process on the Keystone bill.

But a measure proposed by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) had raised questions about whether he would stick to that commitment.

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Democrats believe the measure could be a tough vote for some Republicans, particularly GOP senators running for reelection in 2016 in states carried by President Obama in 2012.

McConnell shot back at reports he might block the Sanders amendment, exclaiming “yeah” when asked if his caucus is prepared to take a vote on climate change.

The Sanders amendment is part of a strategy within the Democratic caucus to test Mitch McConnell’s commitment to an open amendment process. The strategy also is going to force Republicans into taking several uncomfortable votes. Senate Republican incumbents in blue states who are already facing a potentially difficult reelection environment will now be forced to own their positions on climate change.

The amendment that Sen. Sanders filed states:

It is the sense of Congress that Congress is in agreement with the opinion of virtually the entire worldwide scientific community that—

(1) climate change is real;

(2) climate change is caused by human activities;

(3) climate change has already caused devastating problems in the United States and around the world;

Sen. Sanders has wrecked Republican plans for simple passage of the bill by wanted to get Republicans to admit their climate change denial positions on the record, “The American people need to know whether Congress is listening to the overwhelming majority of scientists when it comes to climate change. On this issue, the scientists have been virtually unanimous in saying that climate change is real, it is caused by human action, it is already causing devastating problems which will only get worse in the future and that we need to transform our energy system away from fossil fuel. Do members of Congress believe the scientists or not?”

The debate and amendment process will take the Senate weeks to get through. So far Mitch McConnell is sticking to his word about allowing votes on amendments, but Bernie Sanders and his fellow members of the Democratic caucus are getting set to make life very uncomfortable by not allowing Republicans to hide their extremist positions any longer.

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43 Replies to “Bernie Sanders Sets Republicans Up To Humiliate Themselves On Climate Change Vote”

  1. This is how you call out the stupids. Make them own it.

    Next up: “Are women ‘real’ citizens, or are their eggs property of the State?’

  2. The phrase “Murrica Fuck Yeah” is proudly owned by the Conservative party.

    Damn, gotta love that Bernie. One of the few remaining Progressives who get it and are not above calling then out.

  3. I don’t think you can actually humiliate a Republican anymore. Once you’ve given up on all dignity in life, you’ll happily humiliate yourself… no help needed. Just look at the 16 GOP Presidential buffoons *cough* hopefuls as example A.

  4. I LOVE IT!

    This will FORCE them to admit it’s real or deny it and live up to their “stellar” reputations.

    Thank you Senator Sanders

  5. An addendum:

    If they vote YES and this bill passes, President Obama will just veto it anyway and make them look like total FOOLS.

  6. Hell, the majority of Republicans hate those smarty pants scientists, so won’t be at all bothered by Republicans in Congress refusing to believe scientific consensus on human-caused global warming.

    Koch brothers smile smugly.

  7. Republicans hate education
    EDUCATION: HANNITY AND COULTER ARE AGAINST IT
    Sean Hannity and Ann Coulter want you to know that they aren’t deceived by President Obama’s new Kenyan socialist “education” scheme, as Fox News Insider reports:

    Coulter: ‘Stop Robbing Middle Class With This Scam of a College Education’
    http://nomoremister.blogspot.com/2015/01/education-hannity-and-coulter-are.html#links

    As long as they can keep their rubes stupid they can get away with the nonsense

  8. Still can’t see that the FOX outcasts are serving the public interest. Isn’t there a clause or statement in their FCC license about serving the public interests?

  9. This is the kind of trolling I can strongly approve of. Now do I think the teabagging idiots will feel shame? HELL NAW!!!!!!

  10. Even if climate changes and fluctuation were NOT all Human created, the unrelenting polluting we are and have done is undeniable and it has to stop…There are many billions of us… We need to stop..it may take not happen overnight, but it needs to be going there quickly.

  11. NICE!!hope the Dems keep the shoe hurting every time these creeps take a step.
    It’s high time the rethugs had to answer for the stands they take.. LOVE IT.

  12. Obama Announces Actions to Cut Methane Emissions by Almost Half
    http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/01/14/fact-sheet-administration-takes-steps-forward-climate-action-plan-anno-1

    FOR THE STUPID AMONG US THIS IS THE DANGER OF METHANE GAS

    Climate-changing methane ‘rapidly destabilizing’ off East Coast, study finds
    http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/10/24/14670511-climate-changing-methane-rapidly-destabilizing-off-east-coast-study-finds

  13. Both sides are liars. Fox news is mainstream media which is a joke same goes for CNN and MSNBC. Owned by corporations ,controlled by corporations, and manipulated by corporations.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PGz0YBipzWo

    I am sure most of you will not agree with my statements. Please watch this video with an open mind. The guess on the show is Charlotte Iserbyt. She was a part of The Department of Education under Ronald Regan. She leaked documents of the intentional dumbing down of america.

  14. You were saying Republicans hate education. They hate the education that involves Socialism. Watch the video with an open mind. I don’t think all politicians are corrupt but id say 85% of them are corrupt.

  15. The fact that you can’t even have an open mind and click and listen. Truly makes me sad. Have a wonderful evening.

  16. You’re putting who in charge of science?

    Further evidence that the American political system is broken: Ted Cruz has been made chair of the committee on Space, Science, and Competitiveness (one of the things in that list of three does not belong…and why is “Space”, a small subset of science’s compass, given such a prominent spot?). Marco Rubio is chair of the subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard (another hodge-podge!). This is as insane as putting James Inhofe in charge of environmental policy
    Read More
    http://freethoughtblogs.com/pharyngula/2015/01/13/youre-putting-who-in-charge-of-science/

  17. This will be easy to vote down since in fact: 1) a) According to our most accurate measures via satellite data climate has not changed in 18 years. b) Climate has always changed so any variablity is nothing to panic over. 2) Because natural factors in climate change are so large we don’t know how musch human’s effect climate. 3) Climate change has not caused devastating problems around the world.

  18. The reason you are a dumbass is because you choose to ignore all the evidence. Only dumbasses does that. But if you want a pic that even dumbasses can understand I will provide one
    107 Years of Warming Climate
    Image and video hosting by TinyPic

  19. That chart is a beautiful example of cherry picking a start date to be at the end of the Little Ice Age. You know that if you chart the daily average temperature of the US from January to August it looks far worst, but no one thinks that trend is going to continue from September through December. Well, no one except perhaps you. Didn’t your elementary science class teach about the dangers of making conclusions from cherry picked data? Were you even aware of what cherry picking is fallacious?

    For a guy who is totally unaware of falacies such a ad hominem, and cherry picking you sure do hurl a lot of insults about peoples intelligence.

  20. “The reason you are a dumbass is because you choose to ignore all the evidence.”

    You have no basis on which to make such a claim, which is in fact false. You were the one ignoring thousands of years of proxy temperature data with your deceptive graph. You accuse others of that which you are guilty, a common strategy of those who wish to deceive others.

    8000 Years of Highly Variable Cooling Climate in Greenland

    http://jonova.s3.amazonaws.com/graphs/lappi/gisp-last-10000-new.png

    That’s from here:
    http://joannenova.com.au/2010/02/the-big-picture-65-million-years-of-temperature-swings/

  21. If you look in the corner of the Jo Nova graph, David Lappi’s name is there. His resume is online and isn’t really involved in climate studies.

  22. David Lappi is a geologist and fully qualified to present and interpret glacial data. There are lots of other charts of glacial data and they are all similar. Today’s conditions do not appear out of the ordinary.

  23. Shiva, not sure what your point is about your article. Why would something written in 2006 be expected to continue to 2015? That is an article purely about measured temperature records of Greenland which have a very short time scope. My article and charts give a longer viewpoint extending from 8000 to 95 years ago. Ninety five years ago is well within the period of human release of CO2. Comparing today’s temperatures to the lows of coming out of the Little Ice Age is cherry picking of the total information we have.

  24. Excuse Mr. Dumbass but if you print something that stops at 1900 when automobiles was just coming into use do you think for one second that your data is out of date?
    Svante Arrhenius (1859-1927) was a Swedish scientist that was the first to claim in 1896 that fossil fuel combustion may eventually result in enhanced global warming.

    Read more: http://www.lenntech.com/greenhouse-effect/global-warming-history.htm#ixzz3PCprURUC
    Sometimes before you sound stupid you should read

  25. “if you print something that stops at 1900 when automobiles was just coming into use do you think for one second that your data is out of date?”

    It doesn’t end at “1900”. The center of the last measurement is 1920, and doesn’t cover a single year. It covers years after and years before. Who’s the “dumbass”.

    Plus your point is moot. We know the temperature from 1800-1900 and we can see from the ice cores that the past has been much warmer. We don’t need it to figure out how warm it is now. We know that. It’s slightly warmer now. It was way warmer back during the MWP, RWP, and before.

    “Svante Arrhenius (1859-1927) was a Swedish scientist that was the first to claim in 1896 that fossil fuel combustion may eventually result in enhanced global warming.”

    So? I don’t dispute that CO2 is a greenhouse gas. That’s your unwarranted deduction. You don’t even understand what scientists who are skeptical of climate catastrophism think, and you are calli…

  26. djchefron,

    You jump to ridiculous conclusions (fail to deduce properly) all the time. Like above where you claim someone doesn’t know the definition of socialism without a shred of evidence. He ignores your childish trolling as he should. It’s clear from your assumption he didn’t know that you were just trolling.

    You act like a some juvenile bully. I’m bored with your insults. You obviously have nothing constructive to add, and don’t understand or know most of what you claim.

    Goodbye troll.

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