Dem Gives His 200th Speech About Global Warming On Senate Floor

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Rhode Island Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse joined 20 Democratic colleagues on the Senate floor on Tuesday to mark the 200th speech he’s given on man-made global warming.

Whitehouse started giving regular Senate floor global warming speeches about six years ago, all of them warning of a looming catastrophe should the world fail to stop using fossil fuels. The senator is known as a “leader” on the issue among Democrats.

Whitehouse joined 20 of his Democratic colleagues on the Senate floor Tuesday, including Democrats Elizabeth Warren, Chuck Schumer, Martin Heinrich and Brian Schatz.

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Whitehouse has sponsored several pieces of legislation aimed at fighting global warming, including a bill to tax carbon dioxide emissions. Whitehouse recently claimed a handful of Republicans expressed support for a carbon tax, though none have backed his bill.

The Rhode Island lawmaker has also called for the Justice Department to use anti-racketeering laws to go after fossil fuel companies and skeptics of man-made warming.

The Daily Caller News Foundation obtained emails in 2015 linked Whitehouse to a letter government-funded scientists sent to former President Barack Obama’s White House, calling for a racketeering investigation into skeptics.

The scientists specifically endorsed Whitehouse’s call for the Justice Department to use the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, a law created to take down crime syndicates, to go after opponents of global warming regulations.

“A lot of people haven’t seen through the scam that’s being perpetrated,” Whitehouse told a gathering of environmentalists in 2015.

“So that’s one of the reasons I hope that we get another lawsuit out of the Department of Justice, like the one they brought against the tobacco industry that showed that the whole fraudulent scam was a racketeering enterprise, held them accountable for it,” Whitehouse said.

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