U.S. Senators to Hold All-Night Session on Climate Change
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Nearly 30 U.S. senators all have the same plans for tonight—discussing climate change.
At least 28 senators, all democrats or independents, agreed to stay on the Senate floor for an all-night session allowing the legislators to discuss the issue and ideas on what to do about it. The session has been in the works for months and was organized by the Senate Climate Action Task Force.
The participating senators say they will be tweeting throughout the night, using the hashtag #Up4Climate.
“So many Senators coming together for an all-night session shows our commitment to wake up Congress to the dangers of climate change," California Sen. Barbara Boxer said. "All you have to do is look at China to see what happens to your country when you throw the environment under the bus.”
According to a statement from Hawaii Sen. Brian Schatz, here are the senators expected to participate:
Senators expected to participate include:
- Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-NV
- Dick Durbin, D-IL
- Charles Schumer, D-NY
- Patty Murray, D-WA
- Brian Schatz, D-HI
- Sheldon Whitehouse, D-RI
- Barbara Boxer, D-CA
- Dianne Feinstein, D-CA
- Ron Wyden, D-OR
- Bill Nelson, D-FL
- Maria Cantwell, D-WA
- Benjamin L. Cardin, D-MD
- Bernard Sanders, I-VT
- Amy Klobuchar, D-MN
- Mark Udall, D-CO
- Tom Udall, D-NM
- Jeanne Shaheen, D-NH
- Jeff Merkley, D-OR
- Kirsten Gillibrand, D-NY
- Al Franken, D-MN
- Richard Blumenthal, D-CT
- Chris Murphy, D-CT
- Martin Heinrich, D-NM
- Angus King, I-ME
- Tim Kaine, D-VA
- Elizabeth Warren, D-MA
- Edward J. Markey, D-MA
- Cory Booker, D-NJ
The Washington Post compared the strategy to that of Sens. Rand Paul (R-KY) and Ted Cruz (R-TX), who led late-night, double-digit-hour exchanges in the past year regarding drones and the government shutdown, respectively.
"The cost of Congress' inaction on climate change is too high for our communities, our kids and grandkids, and our economy,” Whitehouse 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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Avocado and almond crops depend on bees for proper pollination. FRANK MERIÑO / Pexels / CC0<p>Salazar and other Columbian beekeepers described "scooping up piles of dead bees" year after year since the avocado and citrus booms began, according to Phys.org. Many have opted to salvage what partial colonies survive and move away from agricultural areas.</p><p>The future of pollinators and the crops they help create is uncertain. According to the United Nations, nearly half of insect pollinators, particularly bees and butterflies, risk global extinction, Phys.org reported. Their decline already has cascading consequences for the economy and beyond. Roughly 1.4 billion jobs and three-quarters of all crops around the world depend on bees and other pollinators for free fertilization services worth billions of dollars, Phys.org noted. Losing wild and native bees could <a href="https://www.ecowatch.com/wild-bees-crop-shortage-2646849232.html" target="_self">trigger food security issues</a>.</p><p>Salazar, the beekeeper, warned Phys.org, "The bee is a bioindicator. If bees are dying, what other insects beneficial to the environment... are dying?"</p>
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