Boxer: 'Claims by the remaining skeptics are overcome with an examination of the facts. The special interests may have erected what my colleague, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), calls a special interest "barricade of lies" around the Capitol. But we are taking that barricade down, piece by piece.
Second, every state in the U.S. is already experiencing the effects of climate change. During the all-night session, it was fascinating to listen to my Senate colleagues from across the country -- North, South, East and West -- as they discussed what people in their states are experiencing now and the threats they face from climate change -- including extreme weather. Senator Al Franken talked about how the extreme cold has contributed to a serious propane shortage in Minnesota. Senator Angus King told us about the negative impacts on the lobster industry in Maine, and Senator Mark Udall spoke about how wildfires in Colorado are becoming more frequent and more intense. Climate change is real, and it is happening all around us -- from coast to coast.
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) told activists with Organizing for Action, the Democratic group created out of President Barack Obama's campaign network, about the plan in a phone conference Wednesday night. The Huffington Post was also invited to call in. "We will be all night on the Senate floor," said Whitehouse. The goal, he said, is "to basically break the pattern of the Senate and show the interest of at least 20 senators who will be participating through the night."
Dr. Judith Curry, Chair of the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at the Georgia Institute of Technology
UN IPCC: 'The IPCC does not have a convincing or confident explanation for the current hiatus in warming'
Sea Level: 'The data does not seem to support the IPCC’s conclusion of a substantial contribution from anthropogenic forcings to the global mean sea level rise since the 1970s.'
Ice: 'The increase in Antarctic sea ice is not understood and is not simulated correctly by climate models. Further, Arctic surface temperature anomalies in the 1930’s were as large as the recent temperature anomalies.'
Conclusion: 'The science of climate change is not settled, and evidence reported by the IPCC AR5 weakens the case for human factors dominating climate change in the 20th and early 21st centuries'