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How weekly Senate 'wake-up' calls for climate action started with a seaside romance

In the 1980s, Sheldon Whitehouse developed a sudden interest in the disappearance of the flounder from Rhode Island's Narragansett Bay. In the dead of winter, he would regularly board a small motorboat to drag a trawl along the freezing coastal waterways. The young lawyer also had a bigger catch in mind. Her name was Sandra. He heaved nets, dug through clods of seaweed and helped his future wife count growing numbers of shrimp. These "voyages," as Whitehouse describes them, helped the future Rhode Island senator understand how a little warming can have major environmental impacts.

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