By Keith Gaby / Source: HuffPost


An interesting thing happened on the way to the partisan stalemate over climate and energy issues yesterday: 61 senators voted to acknowledge that greenhouse gas pollution is causing dangerous changes to our climate.

This could make future climate change debates a lot more meaningful.

The conventional wisdom is that Congress can’t even agree on the scientific facts about climate change, and under new leadership the situation will only get worse. But yesterday, on a pair of amendments to the Keystone pipeline bill, a supermajority of the Senate voted to flip that script.

The dueling amendments from Senators Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, and John Hoeven, R-N.D., took different positions on the Keystone pipeline, but contained essentially the same language on climate science: (1) Climate change is real and (2) human activity contributes to it.

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