On Wednesday, the Senate passed a measure stating that climate change is real and “not a hoax.”
The measure, which was passed by a margin of 98-1, followed another that acknowledged human activity as a contributing factor to climate change and suggested that “significant impacts to most resources are not expected along the proposed Project route" of the Keystone XL pipeline. That measure did not pass, though it did find 15 Republicans agreeing with the proposed notion on climate change. The particular measure was one of two amendments to the Keystone XL pipeline bill.
The second made a similar claim, though it differed slightly in its language to the first. The amendment stated that climate change is “real (and) human activity significantly contributes to climate change." This amendment excluded language supporting the claim that the Keystone XL pipeline wouldn’t affect resources along its route.
Despite Republicans seemingly acknowledging climate change as a real occurrence, the reasoning behind such a vote was strictly because the measure did not cite human activity as an influence on climate change.
The hoax vote was, according to NBC News, a “jab” at Republican Senator James Inhofe, who has outwardly questioned the science behind global warming.
“Climate is changing, and climate has always changed, and always will, there's archeological evidence of that, there's biblical evidence of that, there's historic evidence of that, it will always change,” Inhofe said. “The hoax is that there are some people that are so arrogant to think that they are so powerful that they can change climate. Man can't change climate."