New York’s Senators will channel their inner Lionel Richie tonight as they stay up “all night long” for the climate. Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand will join more than two dozen of their colleagues on the Senate floor for a marathon session of speeches on climate change.
The all night talkathon will get underway after the last vote on Monday night and could last until 9am on Tuesday. The participating senators say they will be tweeting throughout using the hashtag #Up4Climate.
Time to Wake Up
Led by Democratic Senators Brian Schatz and Barbara Boxer of California, the event is an effort to raise awareness of the issue and bolster support for the White House’s push to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by regulating power plants, among other measures.
The session has been in the works for months and was organized by the Senate Climate Action Task Force which was formed in January to “wake up” Congress about the need for climate change legislation.
“The cost of Congress’ inaction on climate change is too high for our communities, our kids and grandkids, and our economy,” Senator Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island, co-chair of the Task Force, said. “On Monday we’ll be sending a clear message: it’s time for Congress to wake up and get serious about addressing this issue.”
Of the 28 confirmed Senators, two identify as Independents; the remaining 26 are Democrats. No Republicans will be participating. As recently as last week minority leader Mitch McConnell was still claiming skepticism of any man-made role in climate change. “For everybody who thinks it’s warming, I can find somebody who thinks it isn’t,” the Kentucky Republican told the Cincinnati Enquirer in an interview.
While neither Senator Schumer nor Senator Gillibrand have issued public remarks about their participation in tonight’s event, both have a strong record of action on climate-related issues, and both earned perfect scores on the League of Conservation Voters’ 2013 Scorecard.
You Can Stay Up, Too!
As for us here at NYER, we wish our Senators the best of luck tonight and offer up two Spotify playlists to keep them going: