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Sen. Whitehouse makes the 280th Climate Change speech on Senate Floor

Sen. Whitehouse makes the 280th Climate Change speech on Senate Floor

November 13, 2013:  Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse's 50th climate change speech before the Senate.

PROVIDENCE — On Jan. 27, 2021, U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse delivered what was supposed to be his final “Time to wake up” speech on climate change, wrapping up the 279th installment with the flourish of a mic drop. 

On Wednesday, however, it is only about a year After he ended a nine year streak of near-weekly climate addresses, he was now able to address the climate once more.Whitehouse was seen back at the podium, urging action on the issue for which he is most identified. 

Whitehouse’s decision to end the speeches last year came on the heels of President Biden’s inauguration. With a commander-in-chief advocating for climate policies and both chambers of Congress in the hands of Democrats, Whitehouse figured the conditions were right for change to happen. 

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November 13, 2013:  Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse's 50th climate change speech before the Senate.

There have been no results in the past year

But in the 12 months since there has been much promise but yet concrete results again have been few and far between as policies such as the Build Back Better Act have stalled.  

“We just aren’t making progress, not by the only measurement that matters: greenhouse gas emissions,” he said. “We are one year in with no bill, no carbon regulation and no litigation, and look at the climate havoc.” 

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