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Sen. Whitehouse rips McConnell, 'big corporate polluters' in floor speech

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), a longtime advocate for action to address climate change, blasted climate deniers in general and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) in particular in a speech on the Senate floor yesterday afternoon. Whitehouse offered a withering criticism of the "deliberate and coordinated" efforts of the fossil fuel industry and conservative ideologues and foundations to fuel the climate change denier movement.

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