US Senate to hold all-night climate change talkathon
Published on Mar 11, 2014 11:04 AM
WASHINGTON (AFP) - Burning midnight oil, dozens of senators seeking to push climate change higher up the US political agenda launched into a rare all-night session on Monday highlighting the need to reduce the global warming threat.
At least 28 Democrats including Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid were participating in the session - mocked by Republicans as a stunt - that began after the last vote Monday and was due to wrap up Tuesday morning.
The overnighter is the first major effort by the newly-created Climate Action Task Force in Congress, which wants to kick-start public debate on climate change.
The coterie of Democrats was "sending a clear message: it's time for Congress to wake up and get serious about addressing this issue," Senator Sheldon Whitehouse said.
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