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Sen. Whitehouse: Majority Leader Reid Happy with Climate Push

Feb 13, 2013
(The Hill)

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) said the Senate’s top Democrat is a fan of his efforts to raise the profile of climate change.

"Just the other day, the majority leader, Harry Reid, stopped me as I was going by and said, 'Sheldon, I really appreciate the attention you're bringing to climate change and carbon. You're doing us all a real service by doing that.' I hear it regularly," Whitehouse tells Inside Climate News.

Whitehouse has, over the past year, been giving weekly Senate floor speeches on climate change and the need for stronger action to address it.

And he recently launched a bicameral climate task force with Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.).

Whitehouse, in the interview, reiterates calls for creating a cost to emit carbon, which could be done through a cap-and-trade system or a carbon tax.