As I listen to this, it does seem like much more of a debate than usually occurs on the Senate floor. Boxer and Warner are getting time for mini-debates after each speaker, on certain key issues, like nuclear power.
So do tune in to C-SPAN2 on TV or online this afternoon if you can. My Stream of consciousness posting does not do it justice.
I do think that the pro-climate messaging could be better. I think the message repeated endlessly should be “we need to get off of fossil fuels as fast as possible by adopting clean, job-creating technology — or else gasoline prices are going to keep going up and we are going to be facing catastrophic climate outcomes.”
In other words, a future in which we use much less gasoline and generate much less pollution is inevitable. The only question is whether we make the transition with relatively little pain or with lots and lots of pain.