Climate change is real, but solvable. That’s the message Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse and nearly 30 other U.S. Democratic senators want to send to Congress as they pull an all-night session on the Senate floor tonight.
In a teleconference, the president of the League of Conservation Voters said gathering nearly 30 senators from at least 20 states to talk about climate change is unprecedented. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse added that tonight’s speeches are a sign Congress can pass a climate bill, but there’s more work to do.
“And if we make this an issue in 2014, if we make this an issue that the Republican presidential candidates have to address, then we can put ourselves in a position where we can get a serious climate bill passed," said Whitehouse.
The senators participating in this all-night session are members of the recently formed Senate Climate Action Task Force. That task force was initiated by Whitehouse and California Senator Barbara Boxer.
The senators will share updates on Twitter throughout the night with the hashtag #UP4CLIMATE.