A spokesperson for Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) tonight issued an apology for the poor timing of the senator’s speech yesterday in which he blamed climate change for the massive tornado that was at that moment devastating the town of Moore, Okla. — a tragedy “unbeknownst to the senator at the time.” The touching and heartfelt heading: “Statement on Tragedy in Oklahoma.”

Yesterday afternoon Senator Whitehouse took to the Senate floor to deliver his weekly speech about climate change. It was a speech that had been prepared in advance, and which included a general reference to tornadoes in Oklahoma. Tragically, and unbeknownst to the Senator at the time, a series of tornadoes were hitting Oklahoma at the same moment he gave his remarks. Senator Whitehouse regrets the timing of his speech and offers his thoughts and prayers to the victims of yesterday’s storms and their families, and he stands ready to work with the Senators from Oklahoma to assist them and their constituents in this time of need.

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  • Kristy Patullo

    Huge embarrassment to the state of RI for many years.

    • 2ifbyT

      Not really. They previously elected as Senator and now Governor Lincoln Chaffee. And don’t forget – Rhode Island is where John Kerry parks his yacht. True blue-blood snobs.

      • midwestconservative

        atleast Lincoln Chafee was somewhat sane, this guy is so bonkers he makes Al Gore look like a “climate science denier” I would say polluter but that is actually true now.

        • lazlo

          As a RI resident I feel qualified to say that you have no idea what you are talking about. Lincoln Chaffee is every bit the dolt as Whitehouse, if not more so.

      • midwestconservative

        atleast Lincoln Chafee was somewhat sane, this guy is so bonkers he makes Al Gore look like a “climate science denier” I would say polluter but that is actually true now.

  • jacamina

    They always apologize when they’re caught ..

    • Jeremy

      yep hand in the cookie jar

    • 96leroy

      Not always. See: Obama, Hillary and the rest of this corrupt administration.

    • Caringaboutthefutureofhumanity

      How was he caught? He happened to be saying something of value very relevant to the circumstance. Sadly some people cannot understand that and he ‘had’ to apologize so as to not hurt their feelings in a time of tragedy.

  • Garrett Gripling

    Bad week to be a Whitehouse.

    • Jennifer

      Lol!

    • Jeremy

      ha ha

    • Pat

      You get the “win”, Garrett!!

    • Pat

      You get the “win”, Garrett!!

  • KansasGirl

    He meant every word he said.

    • Clete Torres

      You mean his original speech, of course.

    • Clete Torres

      You mean his original speech, of course.

  • kch50428

    “There’s probably a common Oklahoman colloquialism that would properly address that excuse.” — Harry Morgan as Col. Potter would have exclaimed, “Bullcookies!”

  • Jacob Rodgers

    You know guys, it seems to have just been a mistake, why do people have to over react? He’s not downplaying the tragedy or going on about his mistake- and nor should you all.

    • mickeyco

      You may very well be right. But, given the reports from D.C. the past couple of weeks and all of the comments that politicians and their staffs have had to walk back, most of us are filled right up to our ears with apologies.

    • http://twitter.com/die_mich_zwei Spatial Awareness

      Sure.

    • maplebob23

      Why do Democrats always make these “mistakes” when their is horror and tragedy to exploit?

    • J. Cox

      I’ll believe this was a “mistake” right after the eco-nuts show evidence of global warming…till then..it was pure politics.I also find it funny how the libs ALWAYS seem to apologize right after they get caught with their pants on the floor.

    • TocksNedlog

      It was the wrong thing to say REGARDLESS of the situation on the ground at the time.

    • http://pennyrobinsonfanclub.net/ PennyRobinsonFanClub

      Yeah, after all . . . WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE?!?

    • http://pennyrobinsonfanclub.net/ PennyRobinsonFanClub

      IS THIS WHAT MADE BRITAIN GREAT? “I’M SO SORRY, I’VE MADE A MISTAKE!”?

    • NRPax

      If only there was a way to have current news and events rapidly transmitted online, the Senator would have known that there were tornadoes hitting Oklahoma.

      • dunst43

        You’re right. It takes ages to get a telegram these days, and he must have run out of tickertape due to the sequester.

      • dunst43

        You’re right. It takes ages to get a telegram these days, and he must have run out of tickertape due to the sequester.

    • Guest

      Yet he had some underling issue an apology?

    • Guest

      Yet he had some underling issue an apology?

    • The Equalizer

      Tying the tornadoes to “global warming” confirms him as an idiot regardless of the timing.

      • Caringaboutthefutureofhumanity

        Its not global warming, it is global climate change.. So I would be careful of who I call names like idiot. Also it would be in your best interest to learn something of actual science, learn about what you are claiming to have no basis. As he was saying ALL legitimate scientists can attest that it is a consequence of global CLIMATE CHANGE.

        • lazlo

          Sheldon Whitehouse is indeed an embarrassment to the State of Rhode Island, and himself. Like Al Gore, Sheldon is a true believer in the global warming crisis religion, one bred by an inability to grasp complex scientific issues and a penchant for currying favor with the forces of environmental extremism.

          Contrary to Sheldon’s suppositions, science does not operate on the basis of consensus, but provable fact and hard scientific DATA that is replicable. No one can prove that C02 is the cause of whatever warming has occurred during the 20th, or any, century, apart from the other forces that are chiefly determinative of climate–solar output, cosmic rays (and their effect on cloud cover), the earth’s elliptical orbit, its axial tilt, its precession wobble, the El Ninos, etc. The earth’s climate cycle has been in place for eons and is not being altered to any significant degree by anthropogenic CO2. The fact that atmospheric CO2 is near 400 ppm doesn’t prove anything relative to climate, except that atmospheric CO2 is near 400 ppm. In fact, 99% of the people who believe in the “global warming crisis” cannot even tell you what the current globally-averaged temperature is, nor how much it may have risen over the past century (or any other time frame for that matter). Nor do they know that the current globally averaged temperature is 1-2 degrees C below what it was during the Medieval Warm Period, when human activity could scarcely have been a factor.

          The earth has warmed 0.74 degrees C since 1900, a figure provided by the U.N.’s IPCC. Half of that increase took place before 1945, so carbon dioxide could not possibly be implicated. It is only in the period from 1978-1997 that CO2 and globally averaged temperatures rose at the same time, 0.35 degrees C. Since 1997, they have stopped rising. But coincidence does not prove causation. Yet, radical environmentalists are convinced that CO2 is the primary driver. Why? Because of all the factors driving climate, CO2 is one of the only factors that government can use as a justification for growing its power at freedom’s expense. After all, it can hardly send Sheldon to the sun with a fire extinguisher.

          Britain’s Hadley Centre for Climate Prediction and Research acknowledged the fact that temperatures rose just 0.07 degrees C from 1999-2008, but when adjusted for El Nino and El Nina, the trend was reduced to 0.0 degrees C. That said, the whole issue is:what hand man does man play on climate? The whole global warming alarmist case must be predicated on the highly questionable assumption that the small uptick in globally averaged temperatures, coming as they do in the period following the end of the Little Age (that ended about 1850), is a result NOT of solar activity and the other natural forces listed above, but primarily anthropogenic CO2. Professor Richard Lindzen of MIT characterized it best when he observed that

          “Future generations will wonder in bemused amazement that the early 21st century’s developed world went into hysterical panic over a globally averaged temperature increase of a few tenths of a degree, and, on the basis of gross exaggerations of highly uncertain computer projections combined into implausible chains of inference, proceeded to contemplate a roll-back of the industrial age.”

          Yet, buffoons like Sheldon Whitehouse, anxious to curry favor with the environmentalist crowd do exactly that. But climate should not be driven by political considerations (propelled as they were initially by Al Gore’s presidential ambitions and the environmental movement’s desire for the mother of all fundraising causes), or evaluated based on short-term political goals. Indeed, it is the kind of issue that can only be understand on a geologic time scale since climate follows a long-term cycle based on naturally recurring factors. These factors include the 100,000 year elliptical cycle, the 41,000 year axial tilt cycle, the 23,000 year precession or “wobble” cycle, and, most importantly, the 1,500 year solar cycle. Historically, temperatures fluctuations have happened, often abruptly, regardless of CO2 levels. But, no, Sheldon blames it all on CO2, a trace gas, most of which is naturally occurring and consists of water vapor. Not only is carbon dioxide’s total greenhouse effect puny, mankind’s contribution to it is minuscule. The overwhelming majority (97%) of carbon dioxide in the Earth’s atmosphere comes from nature, not from man. And, contrary to Gore’s ludicrous claims, CO2 is a long time lagging indicator of temperature rise, not its cause.

          There is simply no justification for draconian measures to limit CO2 production, imperil U.S. and world economic prosperity, increase family energy costs (ranging from $1,700 (U.S. Treasury Dept.) to $4,000 (Heritage Foundation)) by 2032, and damage the health of world’s poor (who will be the primary victims of such measures), over such minor, and naturally occurring, fluctuations in globally averaged climate. Indeed, CO2 rise is a GOOD thing, because it promotes increased crop yield, as any agronomist can tell you. This was the conclusion of the Copenhagen Consensus that rated climate change mitigation a low priority among the world’s problems. Billions, or trillions, of our limited resources would be far better spent drilling wells in poor regions of the world, or addressing malaria (whose rise may be directly blamed on radical environmentalists who drove the unscientific ban of DDT after 1970).

          Sheldon Whitehouse is a scientific illiterate who cannot grasp these complex issues because he is driven primarily by politics and worships at the altar of the global warming crisis religion. I can understand him wanting to please his environmentalist wife, but, please, keep it at home. For him to lecture us and have attributed the hurricanes in Oklahoma to the failure of Republicans to address global warming is not only absurd (since no serious scientist blames hurricanes on warming), but reflects a deeply troubled mind that has no business representing anybody.

  • http://www.amazon.com/Devon-Dibley-His-Golden-Key/dp/1484181557/ M F Scotto

    He only finds out stuff after the President does.

  • kate_middleton

    Maybe Sheldon shouldn’t waste his time giving a “weekly floor speech on climate change.”

    Puke.

  • http://www.coreyspofford.com/ YEROCDROFFOPS

    You as dumb as thinking as such… for that you forgot the fact that you are 80 years over what 4.7 billion years?

  • CR

    I’m thinking someone ought to chip in and get the President and all of the other politicians an iPhone or Blackberry with News Alerts or something. Might be nice for them to learn what is going on in the country they are supposed to be governing in a slightly more timely manner.

  • dftl

    Riiight…

  • KatieHater

    He could care less. If he did, he’d have the dignity of apologizing himself. He’s no gentleman, so don’t expect anything more than him hiding behind his staff.

  • kim

    If you can get on Senate floor to lie and accuse with hysterical rhetoric, be man (or woman) enough to take it back and apologise in the same place so that Americans can see it

  • Peyton

    What’s worse, is that in addition to his stupidity, he suggests that the GOP is to blame for pollution and global warming. Does his car run on magic? Or is he a ridiculous hypocrite?

  • W Randall

    These idiots need to do a little research before they speak, dang just look at historical weather patterns in the Farmers Almanac…anything but regurgitating Al-Jazeera Gore rhetoric!

    • midwestconservative

      He actually criticized North Carolina for basing their coastal policy on historical records rather than what climate scientists “predict” will happen. Yes he is that stupid.

      • W Randall

        I personally like to listen to Joe Bastardi, he bases his information on historical patterns and as they say, history repeats itself, but that doesn’t fit the Green agenda.

    • midwestconservative

      He actually criticized North Carolina for basing their coastal policy on historical records rather than what climate scientists “predict” will happen. Yes he is that stupid.

  • http://discus.com yourmamatoo

    They’re always sorry after the fact.
    Just another classy liberal. Not!

  • stellatruman

    Pretty sure I just saw Matt Lauer admit that this isn’t the result of global warming

  • spepper

    Allow me to translate for the esteemed colleague from Rhode Island: “I’m ONLY sorry for when I said that, NOT for WHAT I said….”

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=7011573 Beth Lott

    At least somebody put together that maybe some kind of conciliatory statement was needed. It’d be nicer if that had been Whitehouse, though.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=7011573 Beth Lott

    At least somebody put together that maybe some kind of conciliatory statement was needed. It’d be nicer if that had been Whitehouse, though.

  • Clete Torres

    The original text of his ‘apology’ read ” Senator Whitehouse regrets forgetting that his speech was being taped for posterity and broadcast to the nation.”

  • mbs235

    Two people were killed by tornadoes in Oklahoma the day before his speech, so I don’t see any way to make an excuse for his timing.

  • mbs235

    Two people were killed by tornadoes in Oklahoma the day before his speech, so I don’t see any way to make an excuse for his timing.

  • bo1921

    I suspect the “facts” stated in the staff apology are not true. Hopefully, the people of the Great State of Rhode Island are not too proud of their representative, and will let him know of their displeasure. Then again, maybe not.

  • Cal Murphy

    Apology not accepted. You’re a POS and you deserve to be punished for your vile and evil comments which clearly flowed from your heart! You are a hater and should be labeled as such for the rest of your life!

    • bonnieblue2A

      Whitehouse is sorry he got his chops busted by outraged citizens calling his DC office’s phone line, that is all. If history is the best predictor of future behavior I’m certain this Democrat Sen. from Rhode Island will never let a good tragedy get in the way of the left’s political agenda.

  • GaryTheBrave

    Too bad one of his staff members couldn’t get to him before he started speaking to let him know what occurred.

  • Finrod Felagund

    “Hey you Whitehouse, ha ha charade you are.”

  • Celestaw

    It is not a possible to provide an apology for such an act of arrogance and the utter stupidity behind it. Only a coward and idiot would say such things. Don’t worry senator, those of us in Oklahoma will make sure our people are taken care of. We will provide what they need and help them rebuild. We will cry with them, pray for them and support them in every way possible while idiots like you make speeches somewhere….

  • https://twitter.com/Libertyworld Libertyworld

    On the 20th, I tweeted him as follows: “Your name & honor are collapsing by the minute, @SenWhitehouse. You might want to apologize for a crass indiscretion.. then again, never mind.”

    Guess I (almost) felt some pity for someone so clueless or something…

    Anyway, maybe it’s best that he ‘let his staffers’ (kind of not really) handle it, which only substantiates his ‘unfortunate’ new image AND adds a bowl of cold cowardice on the side.

    At the very least, he certainly made the ‘Klimate Change’ zealots look silly, and that’s generally a good thing.

    Bad weather, even tragically bad weather & unsettling weather cycles have been around for a long time, and will continue to be a part of life for a very long time. It’s okay. The weather has to change or we would all die, and nature has many things to accommodate. Besides, she’s smarter than any of us.

  • Caringaboutthefutureofhumanity

    Why does he need to apologize? He was speaking the truth. It is climate change that is causing this, that caused the deaths of those people. So why deny it? Why not accept climate change at a moment like this to try and save lives in the future? If we don’t accept what we are doing and change then WE are the murderers, WE are responsible for these deaths. He is not arrogant, he is speaking the truth.