Senator: Climate Change Must Be ‘Right Behind Immigration and Gay Rights As An Issue'

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) said at the Good Jobs, Green Jobs conference in Washington, D.C., Tuesday, “It's our task to make sure that climate change lines up right behind immigration and gay rights as an issue where the Republicans see that if they stick with this, they’re going to run off the cliff like lemmings."

He also claimed, “The polluting industries own Congress. So there really has to be, in my view, as a predicate, there has to be strong executive action.”

“So it's absolutely key that we all put pressure on the White House to take this issue seriously, to not just talk the talk, but to actually get out there and walk the walk as well, and to prove that this is a serious issue for them," Whitehouse added.

Climate Depot’s Marc Morano said in response to Whitehouse’s statements:

This is a bad tactical maneuver on the global warming activist's part. Now the warmists are basically saying you have to support illegal immigration and gay marriage in order to believe in man-made global warming fears. Instead of reaching out to get more people to believe in global warming, Sen. Whitehouse is just preaching to his left wing choir.

Global warming activists have learned nothing from their PR disaster of having a highly partisan figure like Al Gore be the face of their movement and the scandal ridden and distrusted UN as the source of their science. The global warming movement continues to make it too easy for skeptics to battle.

The ultimate aim of Sen. Whitehouse may not to be to convert Republicans on this issue, but to make skepticism of man-made global warming an unelectable issue. He has a huge uphill battle.


As a humorous sidebar, it is ironic that Whitehouse referred to lemmings running off the cliff.

This fallacy was first introduced to the popular culture by the 1958 Disney film "White Wilderness" which depicted lemmings committing mass suicide.

Although the film ended up winning an Academy Award, it was later thoroughly discredited as lemmings do not do this.

It appears Whitehouse's understanding of lemming behavior is right up there with his knowledge of climate science.

(HT Tom Nelson)

Noel Sheppard
Noel Sheppard
Noel Sheppard, Associate Editor of NewsBusters, passed away in March of 2014.