Sessions: Pelosi ‘Confuses’ Issue by Making Climate Change ‘A Moral Responsibility’

By Nick Dean | June 24, 2010 | 12:18 PM EDT

Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) at a Capitol Hill news conference on Jan. 29, 2009. (AP File Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Washington ( - Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) said Wednesday that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is “confusing” the issue with her recent comments that passing climate change legislation is a moral responsibility,
On Capitol Hill, asked Sen. Sessions: "A few weeks ago, Nancy Pelosi said that it was a moral issue and a moral responsibility for climate legislation to pass because it (the Earth) is ‘God's beautiful creation.’ Do you agree with that? Or I guess your reaction to that – Is climate change, something to protect – a moral issue?”
“I think it is clearly an issue of public policy, and we ought to make judgments with full recognition that we have a responsibility to protect the earth and the environment for generations to come,” Sessions replied.
“I think to put it in those terms is to confuse how you make that decision,” he added. “You make the decision based on an increase in CO2, a naturally occurring gas that plants breathe and they can’t grow without. Is increasing that worth the pain -- or is reducing the amount in the atmosphere worth the pain that will occur to millions of people throughout the globe as a result of higher prices and inability to take care of their families? It really comes down to a scientific analysis.”


In a related question, also asked the senator: “Would you say it is a moral responsibility and issue to legislate things like abortion, and unborn children, and how that goes, and does that have any effect with regards to 'God's beautiful creation' as well?”
Sessions said, “I think it is a question. I don’t think a society that routinely destroys developing life is a very healthy society. That does raise serious moral questions. This is more of a moral decision because it is a question of when you believe life begins. That raises moral questions. On the question of environmental issues, the science tells us if the goods that come from lower cost energy are outweighed by what damage might be done to the environment. It's hard to get the best science, but that's what our challenge is.”
On June 17, Speaker Pelosi, speaking about why passing energy and climate change legislation was necessary, said:
“It is a defense, a security issue, a health issue, an environmental issue, it is an economic issue, and it is a moral issue for us to honor the obligation we have to pass this planet on to future generations intact,” Pelosi said. “And, if you believe, as I do, that it is also that this is God's beautiful creation, we have a moral responsibility to preserve it.”