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Up late with Shaheen: Misplaced Senate priorities

There are 53 Democratic members of the U.S. Senate. Last week, 28 of them (53 percent) plus the two liberal independent senators pulled an "all-nighter," a publicity stunt in which they stayed up late reading speeches about the perils of climate change and wasting electricty. The percentage of Americans who think global warming "will pose a serious threat to way of life," according to Gallup? Only 36 percent.

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen was one of the alarmists who took to the Senate floor to warn of impending doom.

She spoke about rising seas and a weakened tourism industry.

Meanwhile, 10.5 million Americans remain out of work, with another 7.2 million employed part time because they cannot find full-time jobs.

0Surely they found hope last week when Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., read from a Dr. Seuss book to illustrate the grave consequences of inaction on climate change.

Gallup measures "Americans' level of worry about national problems." Its latest survey ranked climate change 14th out of 15 issues. The top five were: "The economy" (59 percent), "federal spending and the budget deficit" (58), "the availability and affordability of health care" (57), "unemployment" (49) and "the size and power of the federal government" (48).

The people want our elected officials to focus on improving the economy, bringing federal spending under control, and reforming the disastrous health insurance "reform" law Shaheen voted for and still supports.

Instead of fixing those problems, Shaheen would rather scold us for not worrying enough about global warming.

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