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.