One House Democrat Has Strong Words for His Colleagues on Climate Change


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Rep. Matt Cartwright (D-Pa.) was not mincing words as the House debated broad energy legislation (H.R. 8) on the floor. 

Warning historians would judge this Congress to be among the “greatest ignoramuses of all time” and the “worst lantern jawed simpletons of history,” the Pennsylvania Democrat urged Republican House members to affirm the gravity of climate change risks and promote an energy policy encouraging strong renewable energy growth.  

“What we need to do is get past our denial phase, get past our normalcy bias, and take strong, immediate, and decisive action,” Cartwright said. “And I say to you, that is the American way of handling a threat to our people.”

Cartwright’s procedural effort—formally known as a “motion to recommit,” effectively an amendment—failed 180-243. 

Watch the rest of his speech here.