(CNSNews.com) - In a speech he said he was giving “to recognize the importance of the signing” of the Paris climate agreement, Sen. Jeff Merkley (D.-Ore.) declared on the Senate floor last week that “global warming is…the more challenge of our generation.”
Merkley was speaking the day before Secretary of State John Kerry was set to sign the agreement at the United Nations. The agreement, completed in December, joins the United States with 174 other signatories in an effort to control emissions of “greenhouse” gasses, primarily carbon.
In addition to the Unites States, the 175 signatories include, among others, the People’s Republic of China, the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, the Russian Federation and Libya.
“This international climate accord is a tremendous step forward,” said Merkley. “It makes clear the world recognizes that global warming is a very significant and grave concern facing human civilization on this planet. It is, indeed, the moral challenge of our generation. I am proud and inspired by the global community’s unprecedented commitment to avert global warming, to avert a climate crisis.
“We know what the stakes are,” the senator said. “We don’t need computer models to look 50 years into the future because the impacts are here today. We see it in our own communities. We see it in our own States. We see it through the impact of droughts, the impact of wildfires, the impact of heat waves, the storms, the hurricanes, the tornadoes.
“We see it,” he said, “through story after story of this year or this month being the warmest ever recorded by humans.”