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Why is the U.S. Senate So Behind On Climate Change?

The interior of the U.S. Senate.

As many of you probably know, the POTUS with the Most-us Barack Obama delivered his State of the Union Speech on Tuesday. The President touched on a number of topics, including climate change.

However, Chair of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Jim Inhofe isn’t so accepting. He believes climate change is real, yes, but not caused by man.

“Climate is changing and climate has always changed and always will,” Inhofe told the Senate. “The hoax is that there are some people who are so arrogant to think they are so powerful they can change climate. Man can’t change climate.”

Let that sink in for a minute.
It’s a step forward, yes, that the senate voted yesterday to agree “climate change is real and not a hoax.” Unfortunately, we’re not past denying a plain truth and it’s even more disheartening to see it come from a person in power.

“I think what is exciting is that today we saw for the first time—a number, a minority—but some Republicans going onboard and saying that climate change is real and it’s caused by human activity,” Independent Senator Bernie Sanders said. “And I suspect that you are going to see in the months to come, more and more Republicans forced to acknowledge that reality.”

Encouraging, sure, but why are we here in the first place? Why is this still a topic of debate? Actual science aside, it’s just a bad PR move. Mitt Romney, who might be a presidential hopeful (again) in 2016 is even realigning himself—or at least making his views known.

“I’m one of those Republicans who thinks we are getting warmer and that we contribute to that,” he said during a Wednesday night speech at an investment management conference, The Associated Press reported.

Romney has changed his views previously, though this realignment might indicate his desire to gear up for the race in 2016. Regardless, the question must be posed: why is the senate so behind in all of this?

Unfortunately, there’s no good answer.

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