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Nelson joins Democratic all-nighter on climate change, calls Florida 'ground zero'



Sen. Bill Nelson this evening joined other Democrats in what will be an all-night discussion on the Senate floor about climate change. "You know what is threatened the most in the continental United States? The Miami area," Nelson said, adding he will take members of the Commerce Committee to the area for a field hearing in April. "Florida is ground zero for sea level rise," Nelson said. "We have a compelling story to tell."

Democrats calling themselves the Climate Caucus plan to take turns talking about climate change until Tuesday morning. The issue has struggled for traction with many Republicans either dismissing scientific evidence of global warming or playing down the ramifications.

Sen. Marco Rubio, from Miami, has at times questioned man's effect on climate. "I don't think there's the scientific evidence to justify it," he was quoted saying by the Tampa Tribune during the 2010 election against Charlie Crist. "The climate is always changing. The climate is never static. The question is whether it's caused by man-made activity and whether it justifies economically destructive government regulation." In a 2013 interview with BuzzFeed he said: "I know people said there’s a significant scientific consensus on that issue, but I’ve actually seen reasonable debate on that principle."

[Last modified: Monday, March 10, 2014 8:52pm]


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