On Wednesday, the U.S. Senate passed a bill that stated that climate change is real, by a vote of 98 to one. The only senator to vote no was Mississippi’s Roger Wicker. The landslide victory came via an amendment to current legislation that would like to force approval of the Keystone XL pipeline, a pipeline which would carry oil from Canada to the United States. Senators believe that the pipeline will accelerate climate change and are using this bill to force Republicans to take a formal stand on the issue of climate change. Many Republicans have avoided or denied that climate change is an issue, with some senators referring to the issue as a “hoax.” Supporters of the legislation hope that this amendment will lead to further effort to recognize and help to solve climate change issues.
Contributor: Johanna Hartman