In the midst of a natural disaster, there’s no place for politics. All of the victims of the Moore, Okla. tornado had not even been accounted for, yet Democratic Rhode Island Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse managed to use the tragedy to rant about global warming.
Whitehouse spent 15 minutes on the Senate floor railing against Republicans for denying global warming, then seeking federal assistance following natural disasters.
“So, you may have a question for me,” Whitehouse said. “Why do you care? Why do you, Sheldon Whitehouse, Democrat of Rhode Island, care if we Republicans run off the climate cliff like a bunch of proverbial lemmings and disgrace ourselves?”
“I’ll tell you why. We’re stuck in this together,” he continued. “We are stuck in this together. When cyclones tear up Oklahoma and hurricanes swamp Alabama and wildfires scorch Texas, you come to us, the rest of the country, for billions of dollars to recover. And the damage that your polluters and deniers are doing doesn’t just hit Oklahoma and Alabama and Texas. It hits Rhode Island with floods and storms. It hits Oregon with acidified seas, it hits Montana with dying forests. So, like it or not, we’re in this together.”
As a former resident of Oklahoma, my heart goes out to those trying to pick up the pieces of this tragedy. The feeling of hopelessness when a storm is bearing down, and of not being able to do enough when an entire town is swept away, is overwhelming.
Sen. Whitehouse, now is not the time to play politics over global warming. Maybe you should instead try to help the survivors, regardless of their political affiliation.
Sen. Whitehouse’s comments can be seen here via Daily Caller.
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