Global Warming: How Bad Does It Have to Get?

Dennis Kucinich speaking from the Floor of the House

Link to this entry in the Congressional Record
May 18, 2006

During debate on H. R. 5386, Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2007, Congressman Kucinich said:

“Mr. Chairman, I thank the gentleman [Mr. Hinchey].

“It is sad that as we stand on the cusp of the most profound change in our environment the civilized world has ever seen, the actions of a few in Congress can stop desperately overdue action.

“The science is clear. This is not a problem of the future. It is happening now. The United Nations has declared that at least 5 million cases of illness and more than 150,000 deaths every year are attributed to global warming. The 2003 European heat wave killed over 20,000 people. The 10 hottest years on record have occurred in the last 15 years. Two consecutive record-breaking hurricane seasons. The problem will not fix itself.

“And yet we will not allow a provision in this bill that has no timeline, no specific targets, and no commitment. The committee inserted text that merely expressed the sense that we should take action on global warming, but the Rules Committee chose to leave it open to challenge by anyone, and I understand that challenge will be coming on a technicality. So we cannot even say we should be doing something about this.

“Just how bad does it have to get?”

[Ed. note: H. R. 5386 was agreed to by recorded vote: 293 – 128 in Roll No. 172.]

Legislation:

  • H. R. 5386, Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2007