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"We're Up All Night For the Climate"

Robert Friedman

Posted March 10, 2014 in Curbing Pollution, Solving Global Warming

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It’s not often that we see support in Congress for federal climate action, but this evening, 28 Senators, many of them members of the Senate Climate Action Task Force, will go to the Senate floor all night to do just that. While largely a symbolic gesture, these type of actions are much needed in Washington, where prominent elected officials continue to deny the existence of climate change. Just last week, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said that “for everybody who thinks it’s warming, I can find somebody who thinks it isn’t.”

Clearly, climate denialism is still very real in DC, and it needs to change fast.

That’s why these Senators’ all nighter for the climate is so important. "The cost of Congress' inaction on climate change is too high for our communities, our kids and grandkids, and our economy,” Senator Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island said. “On Monday we’ll be sending a clear message: it’s time for Congress to wake up and get serious about addressing this issue.”

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Note: The title of this post and the above caption are best read to the tune of Daft Punk's Get Lucky.

These Senators are standing up to big oil and polluters, and for a just, livable and more sustainable future. As a young person, I appreciate their actions and encourage them to continue to do even more, to step up and speak out as loud as possible. While often dysfunctional, Washington needs to wake up to the realities of the climate crisis that is banging on our door. Stand with these Senators and with future generations, click any of the links below to thank them directly for staying #Up4Climate!

Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.

Senator Dick Durbin, D-Ill.

Senator Charles Schumer, D-N.Y.

Senator Patty Murray, D-Wash.

Senator Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I.

Senator Barbara Boxer, D-Calif.

Senator Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.       

Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore.    

Senator Bill Nelson, D-Fla.    

Senator Maria Cantwell, D-Wash.    

Senator Benjamin L. Cardin, D-Md.   

Senator Bernard Sanders, I-Vt.             

Senator Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn.                

Senator Mark Udall, D-Colo.  

Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M.  

Senator Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H.         

Senator Jeff Merkley, D-Ore.  

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y.      

Senator Al Franken, D-Minn.  

Senator Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn.           

Senator Chris Murphy, D-Conn.      

Senator Martin Heinrich, D-N.M.       

Senator Angus King, I-Maine

Senator Tim Kaine, D-Va.      

Senator Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass.

Senator Edward J. Markey, D-Mass.  

Senator Cory Booker, D-N.J.

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