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Senate Democrats keep the lights on in climate change talkathon

Tuesday - 3/11/2014, 3:20pm  ET

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Some Democratic senators may have to catch up on some sleep tonight -- after being up last night to issue a warning about climate change.

More than two dozen speakers addressed a nearly empty chamber in an all-night Senate session, talking about the need to act on climate change. Republicans largely stayed away, after arguing earlier that regulation would cost American jobs in a sluggish economy.

The talk-a-thon ended at around 9 a.m., almost 15 hours after it began.

Hawaii's Brian Schatz said, "Climate change Is real, it is caused by humans, and it is solvable." Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut spoke about fuel cells built in his state, and said, "We can translate climate destruction into a positive."

Republicans challenged Democrats to bring legislation to the floor to address the problem -- secure in the knowledge that they won't. GOP Leader Mitch McConnell noted that Democrats failed to pass a carbon tax bill in 2009 and 2010, when they controlled the 60 Senate seats necessary to overcome any Republican blocking tactics.

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080-a-17-(Senator Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., in remarks Monday)-"think, it's real"-Senator Jim Inhofe says the all night session pushed by Senate Democrats is a chance for them to keep spreading their theory on climate change. ((note length of cut)) (11 Mar 2014)


144-w-36-(Jerry Bodlander, AP correspondent, with Senator Bill Nelson, D-Fla., and Senator james Inhofe, R-Okla.)--Senate Democrats have wrapped up their all-night session on the need for action to combat climate change. AP correspondent Jerry Bodlander reports. (11 Mar 2014)


076-a-16-(Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., in remarks Monday)-"are occurring routinely"-Senator Kirsten Gillibrand says there's no doubt that climate change is underway. (11 Mar 2014)


APPHOTO DCSA111: Joe Mendelson, the majority chief climate counsel with the Senate Committee on Environment, waits outside the Senate chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 11, 2014, as Democratic senators finish an all-night session warning of the devastation from climate change and the danger of inaction. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) (11 Mar 2014)

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