Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., announced on Monday that he is “officially very anxious about climate legislation,” saying that he’s still “sensitive” about the Obama administration’s “abandonment” of the issue.
The senator tweeted on Monday morning: “OK, I’m now officially very anxious about climate legislation. I’ll admit I’m sensitive from the Obama climate abandonment, but I sense trouble.”
He added, “Climate has fallen out of the infrastructure discussion, as it took its bipartisanship detour. It may not return. So then what? I don’t see the preparatory work for a close Senate climate vote taking place in the administration. Why not marshal business support?”
Whitehouse accused “Corporate America” of being “still completely AWOL if not worse on climate in Congress. All the major corporate trade associations suck — all of them.”
He added, “Groups and advocates are quarreling — My way! No, my way! We need everything, not ‘my thing.’ Oy.”
The senator, who notes in his Twitter biography that he represents “the Ocean State,” said that “Oceans are a big part of climate and so far no significant oceans/coasts effort apparent in administration. Trying to repair that in Senate.”
He later said that “We need planning, organizing and momentum. It’s not