Exclusive, breaking news: Sen. Menendez has no hold on Holdren or Lubchenco — but others do, so action is still needed

A Congressional source tells Climate Progress that as of today, “Senator Menendez has no holds on any scientist nominees.”

So that would suggest efforts to get him to drop those holds has had some impact (see “Help free John Holdren and Jane Lubchenco“).

But it now appears that other, anonymous Senators are still holding up both nominations. Mike Dunford of ScienceBlogs has all the contact info needed if you want to continue applying pressure where it would useful (here and below):

2. Contact the Senate Leadership.
The Senate can, if they so choose, bring the matter to the floor despite the holds. Reid has disregarded holds in the past. Ask him to disregard these holds, too. Remind him of the importance of filling these positions, particularly now that the stimulus has passed. Remind him, too, of the importance of the positions in general.

If you contacted him yesterday, do it again today.

Here’s the contact information, including the email form and the Nevada address of one of his Nevada offices:

Email (web form)
DC Phone Number: 202-224-3542
Nevada address and phone:
600 East William St, #302
Carson City, NV 89701
Phone: 775-882-REID (7343)
Fax: 775-883-1980

3. We need to put this issue in front of as many Senators as possible.
Contact your own Senators. Tell them that this is an important issue, and that these nominees deserve a floor vote as soon as possible. Again, if you contacted them yesterday, contact them again today. If you’re a registered voter, make sure you tell them that. If you donated any money to their campaign, make sure that you tell them that, too.

It would be especially good to contact the Senators who are on the Commerce Committee, since they are the ones who had the opportunity to question the nominees during the hearing. I’ll put a list of the committee members below the jump, so you can check and see if one of your Senators is on the committee….

Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee Members:
Chairman John D. Rockefeller, IV (WV)
Daniel K. Inouye (HI)
John F. Kerry (MA)
Byron L. Dorgan (ND)
Barbara Boxer (CA)
Bill Nelson (FL)
Maria Cantwell (WA)
Frank R. Lautenberg (NJ)
Mark Pryor (AR)
Claire McCaskill (MO)
Amy Klobuchar (MN)
Tom Udall (NM)
Mark Warner (VA)
Mark Begich (AK)

Ranking Member Kay Bailey Hutchison (TX)
Olympia J. Snowe (ME)
John Ensign (NV)
Jim DeMint (SC)
John Thune (SD)
Roger Wicker (MS)
Johnny Isakson (GA)
David Vitter (LA)
Sam Brownback (KS)
Mel Martinez (FL)
Mike Johanns (NE)

7 Responses to Exclusive, breaking news: Sen. Menendez has no hold on Holdren or Lubchenco — but others do, so action is still needed

  1. Harrier says:

    Hutchison is one of my senators. Does anyone know what her record is on climate issues? How receptive would she be to a phone call?

    I know Cornyn, my other senator, is a rabid neocon, and as such is probably a CC denier, but Hutchison is supposed to be more moderate, so it might be worthwhile to give her a call on this matter.

  2. lgcarey says:

    Harrier, she is not so good on environmental issues in general – see her League of Conservation Voters rating here

    However, calls and emails from constituents never hurt. Congregational staff frequently track comments to assess what’s important to the voters back home.

  3. David B. Benson says:

    Whatever, better get the move on.

    “China’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions Threaten to Double”:,1518,611818,00.html

  4. Harrier says:

    Okay, that’s officially scary. I can’t for the life of me figure out what to do about China. How do you convince them to stop their carbon-heavy industrialization when, based on the previous examples of Europe, the United States, Japan, etc., they have every right as a nation to go about it?

  5. Mike Dunford says:


    I’d expect Hutchenson to be quite receptive on this one. She’s the ranking Republican on the committee, and seemed to be very favorably disposed toward both nominees during the hearings.

  6. Good people all,

    Let us agree never to give in and certainly not to ever give up.

    At no time prior to recent days can I recall more vibrant and worthwhile discussions of humankind’s distinctly human-driven predicament. For me, the Climate Progress community is a microcosm of what needs to be occurring ubiquitously. This work, the work of other groups, organizations and institutional instrumentalities appear to be necessary parts of an overall effort that simply has to continue, I believe, because our efforts will eventually lead to change.

    Change from unsustainability to sustainability is the goal of the human community, I suppose.

    It seems that if our leaders keep doing precisely what they are doing now and the family of humanity keeps getting what it is getting now, then the chance of some sort of unimaginable collapse of human civilization at some point in space-time appears likely……….perhaps sooner rather than later. On the other hand, if we can determine what human behavior changes need to be achieved and then move forward boldly to encourage policy formulation and implementation of the changes, perhaps the mere perception of the necessary behavior changes would be experienced as tantamount to another sort of crash, one that would accompany the unwelcome change of worldviews, expectations and lifestyles. While in the former instance, Nature would be in control of the fate of the human species, in the latter circumstances perhaps the human family could assume at least a modicum of control, initiate behavioral changes and, by so doing, take some degree of control over its fate.

    Please note that I am a psychologist. For a moment imagine a patient that is suffering from an addiction to a patently unsustainable way of living in the world. You ask the patient, “As you see it, what can you do about your addiction?” The patient replies, “If I keep doing precisely what I am doing now and have been doing for a long time, I am sure to be dead soon. On the other hand, if I choose a different way of living in the world, then I am afraid I might die.” The avoidance of an actual danger exposes the patient to a perceived danger. Behavior change would also mean that the patient’s experience of comfort would be exposed to the time-limited experience of subjective discomfort.

    Despite the best efforts of John Holdren, Jane Lubchenco and many other scientists, there are people in high places who vigorously object to their necessary good works. Gatekeepers {Bilderberger Group and Trilateral Commission members are excellent examples} of the global political economy and the status quo are not large in number; nevertheless, these self-proclaimed Masters of the Universe are so well-entrenched within the most recently reconstructed Tower of Babel {called the global economy in our time} that it is difficult to imagine how the family of humanity prevails against them. But prevail we shall because we must. Alternatives to our success would be ever so much more catastrophic and destructive than what is wrought in the process of voluntarily making necessary changes in the unsustainable ways human beings live today.

    Let’s keep going and hope others will choose to join us by doing the same.

    With thanks to all for what you are doing here and elsewhere,


    Steven Earl Salmony
    AWAREness Campaign on the Human Population,
    established 2001

  7. Steve L. says:

    This is the kind of political action alert I’d like more of. Show me where to apply a bit of force for the greatest leverage, and I’ll do it!