The vote was specifically on whether or not climate change is real WITHOUT any cause attributed to it. So is the climate changing? Yes - decided by a 98 to 1 margin. But is climate change affected by human behaviour (the question the we need the Senate to affirm)? Well, not so fast.
Senator Jim Inhofe, a climate denier, voted yes, but commented: "The climate is changing. The climate has always changed, [the real "hoax" is] that there are some people that are so arrogant to think [that they can change the climate]."
When asked if there's a human connection to the change in our climate, most Republicans voted "No":
...the Senate voted on a second amendment...that acknowledged human activity is contributing to climate change. That measure fell one vote short of the 60 needed to pass, at 59 to 40.... The Senate held a third vote on an amendment... that went even further, stating that climate change is real and "human activity significantly contributes" to it. That measure, too, went down, by a vote of 50 to 49.Or as Inhofe put it so eloquently: "Man cannot change climate."
There is just so much wrong with those four words.
If climate change has nothing to do with human behaviour then we can carry on as usual. If burning more fossil fuels doesn't have any effect on our ecosystems, then bring on the pipelines! The fact that we're deciding on scientific facts with a vote from people who don't hesitate to remind us that they're not scientists is ridiculous in the first place.
This isn't a victory, kids.