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Senator Whitehouse will deliver his 250th speech about climate change this week

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), speaks to the media during a press conference following the Senate Republican Leadership lunches in July. (Photo by Pete Marovich/Getty Images)Getty Images

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US Senator Sheldon Whitehouse will hit a milestone in the coming days when he delivers his 250th speech on climate change. Each week when the Senate is in session, he spends a few minutes discussing the issue.


So what has Rhode Island’s junior senator learned in the seven years since he started making the speeches?

In an interview last week, Whitehouse said he started making his comments at a “really bad time” for the global warming conversation because “we had a Democratic president in the White House who didn’t want to put the words ‘climate’ and ‘change’ in the same paragraph.”

He said President Obama deserves credit for signing off on the Clean Power Plan later in his final term that placed restrictions on carbon dioxide emissions from power plants.

Whitehouse is no fan of President Trump. But he said businesses around the world are beginning to the sound the alarm about the potential dangers of climate change. He pointed to the Bank of England’s willingness to take a lead on the issue.

It doesn’t hurt that the polls appear to be on Whitehouse’s side. Earlier this year, researchers at Yale University found that the percentage of Americans who are concerned or alarmed about global warming has increased 16 points to 59 percent in the last five years. Meanwhile, an April CNN poll of Democratic voters listed climate change as the top issue the presidential candidates need to address.


Whitehouse still has a long way to go when it comes to breaking any records for consecutive speeches on the Senate floor. In the 1970s and 1980s, Wisconsin Senator William Proxmire delivered nearly 3,000 speeches over 19 years urging his colleagues to approve a treaty outlawing genocide.


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