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COLLINS: Congress cools its heals on global warming

  • (DAVID HORSEY / Los Angeles Times)

Is spring actually here? We are definitely getting tired of snow stories. It's time for some sun. And then the drought stories! At which point we will ask ourselves: What ever happened to worrying about global warming? You may remember what a big deal President Barack Obama made about climate change in his inaugural address. It definitely looked as if the ozone layer was making a comeback. Later, in the State of the Union speech, Obama came back to his battle cry again and urged Congress “to get together, pursue a bipartisan, market-based solution to climate change, like the one John McCain and Joe Lieberman worked on together a few years ago.”

Urging the House and Senate to follow the lead of the two most notorious shape-shifters in recent political history was perhaps not a favorable omen.

Nor was the fact that earlier this month, a deeply noncontroversial Senate resolution commemorating International Women's Day had to be taken back and edited because someone objected to a paragraph —which had been in an almost identical version passed in the last Congress — stating that women in developing countries “are disproportionately affected by changes in climate because of their need to secure water, food and fuel for their livelihood.”

You may be wondering who the objecting senator was. Normally, these things are supposed to be kind of confidential, but in this case the lawmaker in question is proud to let you know that he is — yes! —Ted Cruz of Texas.

“A provision expressing the Senate's views on such a controversial topic as 'climate change' has no place in a supposedly noncontroversial resolution requiring consent of all 100 U.S. senators,” a Cruz spokesman said.

Do you think everything in the world is now about Sen. Ted Cruz? Sure seems like it. Although I would discount the rumors that he is responsible for the helium shortage or the sinkhole epidemic.

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