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Senate talks climate all night

– It’s a lot of hot air about a lot of hot air: Democrats took to the Senate floor Monday night to talk about global warming and planned not to let up until morning.

Leading off the dusk-to-dawn talkathon, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., called climate change “a question of our own survival” and said the United States and other countries have a responsibility to act “before it is too late.”

At least 28 senators were expected to participate. But several Democrats who face tough re-election fights in the fall opted to skip the session. Sens. Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, Mark Pryor of Arkansas and Mark Begich of Alaska were among them.

Democratic leaders have no plans to bring a climate bill to the Senate floor this year, so the speeches were about little more than theatrics. But Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, one of the organizers, said the all-night session showed that a growing number of senators are committed to working together to confront climate change.

Sen. James Inhofe, an Oklahoma Republican who has written a book denouncing global warming as “the greatest hoax,” said Democrats would not convince anyone with their stunt.

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