Reid Links Storms Affecting U.S. With Climate Change

By Patrick Burke | November 8, 2012 | 3:09 PM EST

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.). (AP Photo)

( -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said climate change is “an extremely important issue,” and linked it with recent storms such as Hurricane Sandy, which hit the East Coast early last week, causing billions of dollars in damage and more than 100 deaths.

At a Capitol Hill press conference on Wednesday, a reporter asked Reid, “On climate change, the president mentioned that last night. Do you think that significant climate change legislation could make it through this Senate and where is that on your priority list?”

Reid said, “For me, having been chairman of the Environment Committee twice, I’ve spent a lot of my career creating wilderness in Nevada and doing things that I think are environmentally important.”

“Climate change is an extremely important issue for me and I hope we can address it reasonably,” he said.  “It’s something, as we’ve seen with these storms that are overwhelming our country and the world, we need to do something about it.”

Reid was discussing the results of Tuesday’s election, in which President Barack Obama was re-elected and the Democrats retained their majority in the Senate, and he stressed the importance of bipartisanship in Congress.

“But the election’s over and we have enormous challenges ahead of us that are right here and we have to sit down and go to work on it now, not wait,” said Reid.  “This was really the message the American people sent from all over and that is they’re tired of these partisan gridlocks.”

(AP Photo/U.S. National Snow and Ice Data Center, File)

“The American people want us to work together, Republicans want us to work together,” said Reid. “Democrats want us to work together. They want a balanced approach to everything but especially this situation we have dealing with this huge deficit, and taxes, that are a part of that.” earlier reported that liberal Environmental Defense Fund Director Fred Krupp had urged President Obama to make climate change a top priority in his second term.

"We look forward to working with them to solve our country’s most pressing environmental problems, including global climate change,” said Krupp. “As the president declared last night [Tuesday], ‘We want our children to live in an America ... that isn't threatened by the destructive power of a warming planet.’"

In his re-election victory speech, Obama claimed that Americans want their children to live in a world that is not threatened by global warming.

"We want our children to live in an America that isn't burdened by debt, that isn't weakened by inequality, that isn't threatened by the destructive power of a warming planet," Obama said.

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