Brad Plummer in Vox concludes The Senate is pretty clearly a hoax
So now it's 2015, and the Senate is debating a bunch of amendments on a bill that would fast-track approval of the Keystone XL pipeline. On Wednesday, they were faced with one from Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) that said:
'To express the sense of the Senate that climate change is real and not a hoax.'
That one was pretty easy. The Senate voted 98 to 1 in favor of this amendment. So far, so good.
But then came a tougher question. Sen. Brian Schatz (D-HI) put forward an amendment that said:
'To express the sense of the Senate that climate change is real; and human activity significantly contributes to climate change.'
In the end, just 50 senators voted 'yes' on the question.* But 49 senators voted 'no.' The amendment failed to pick up the 60 votes necessary to overcome a filibuster."
There was also a separate, milder amendment from John Hoeven (R-ND) stating that "climate change is real and humans contributed to it." Even this one failed, but it ended up getting 59 "yes" votes in all.
So I guess it's now fair to say the GOP believes climate change is real but doesn't yet agree that it's man-made. The next amendment I would propose is:
'To express the sense of the Senate that climate change is real; and human activity could significantly contribute to alleviating climate change.'
Meanwhile, Republican leadership pulls anti-abortion bill that was tearing the caucus apart. Because remember that jobs are the most important thing for the Congress to be working on (and there's no war on women).