[I like Sheldon Whitehouse -- he gets my prize for best presentation today. Ah, now I see why he's so good -- he is married to Dr. Sandra Thornton Whitehouse, a marine biologist. As they say, behind every successful man ... is a very surprised woman.]
Whitehouse chose to focus on climate impacts and science.
Global warming is happening, it is man-made, and it’s getting worse.
He even showed a bell curve to say that science of the deniers is fringe science, low danger, but low likelihood, whereas the IPCC is serious damage and the most likelihood.
He also said that the opponents never talk about the other side of the curve, which is the possibility of very high damage. And he noted that recent observations tend to fall in the high damage end.
He then uses the global temperature data plotted gainst a trendline to debunked the notion that we haven’t been warming recently, by explaining how 1998 was an anomalously warm year driven by El Ni±o. [You go, Sheldon
“Global warming denial thrives on an industry bought and paid for by special interest.”
The science is speaking to us now with an unequivocal voice
if President Bush had tackled this problem when he was elected seven years ago, we would not have the high gasoline prices we have today.
If we do not act we will not only keep paying at the pump, we will fall behind the rest of the world in developing and deploying
If we don’t act, we will be the first and only generation of Americans to leave the country to our children worse than we found it.
This debate can’t be about just scoring political points.
INHOFE: We said we weren’t going to talk about science that we were going to talk about the bill. Now I understand why people want to talk about science because they don’t want to talk about the bill.
CORKER: “His beautiful wife swims every day in the waters he is talking about” — Whitehouse had said R.I.’s waters have risen 4°F.
WHITEHOUSE: The basic principle of the bill is polluters pay.