Bill Nelson warns Senate about effects of climate change and sea level rise on Florida

03/11/14 Seán Kinane
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Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) describes sea level rise next to map of projected effects on Florida.

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Democratic senators clocked an all-nighter, working in shifts into Tuesday morning to warn of devastation from climate change and the danger of inaction.

More than two dozen speakers agreed with each other about the need to act on climate change. Republican naysayers largely stayed away, suggesting hours earlier that regulation would cost Americans jobs in a sluggish economy.

The last speaker was Bill Nelson (D-FL), who said he was "batting cleanup" because of how devastating sea level rise and climate change will be to the state. Nelson pointed to a diagram showing coastal areas of Florida that are expected to be inundated by rising seas.

The talk-a-thon ended almost 15 hours after it began. According to the Senate, it was the 35th all-night session since 1915.

information from the Associated Press was used in this report

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