Harry Reid claims that recent bad weather is more evidence climate change exists and needs a response from the federal government. Reid's comments today come just after the Senate's all-night "talkathon," during which several Democratic senators spoke back-to-back about climate change.
"Every day that goes by, every week that goes, every month that goes by, every year that goes by ... there’s more evidence of the dangers of climate change," Reid said Tuesday afternoon, in response to a question from THE WEEKLY STANDARD. "The more climate changes, the more extreme the weather gets, and we’ve seen that in spades."
Asked about Democrats' inaction on climate change legislation when the party had a 60-vote supermajority in the Senate early in the Obama administration, Reid said Democrats were busy with other legislation, including Obamacare.
"We didn’t have sixty votes [but] for only a very short period of time. We had a number of other things we were working on, including the Affordable Care Act, Dodd-Frank, so I think it’s appropriate people understand, which we’re trying to explain to everyone how difficult things are with the weather," he said.
Reid also criticized those who don't say climate change is a problem requiring federal action are "deniers."
"These deniers are, as each day as the weather gets worse, are becoming less credible," Reid said today in the Capitol.
The temperature in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday was a mild 67 degrees, with partly cloudy skies.
Many of the Democrats who stayed up all night to speak in the talk-a-thon also attended a high-dollar fundraising event last month with environmentalist donor Tom Steyer, including Reid, Sheldon Whitehouse, Patrick Leahy, Ben Cardin, Jeanne Shaheen, Mark Udall, and Jeff Merkley. Steyer plans to spend $100 million on behalf of Democrats in the upcoming elections.