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" The bottom line is this: A private company and/or its industry allies should not knowingly lie to the American people about the harms that are caused by its product. "
" Citizens United is a disgrace of a decision, holding that corporate money is corporate speech and entitled to the same First Amendment protection as human speech. As a result, corporations now can spend unlimited amounts of money to influence our elections - often in secret, without any public disclosure. "
" I think a lot of the people who voted for Donald Trump were frustrated. And what they thought was, OK, government is broken. Therefore, we're going to send in this incendiary character. And he's just going to going to bust it all up, and we'll see what happens. "
" Talking to my Senate Republican colleagues about climate change is like talking to prisoners about escaping. The conversations are often private, even furtive. "
" If Republicans start losing their seats because they're climate deniers, that is a very salutary signal. "
" We are here to do God's work. He's not here to do ours. "
" My father's politics did not influence mine. In fact, we disagreed on a fair amount of stuff. "
" When counting on learning from innovation, there are great successes but also failures. The Wright Brothers invented the aircraft and started an amazing process of innovation, where we now have planes that carry 500 passengers. Along the way there were some silly looking vehicles that crashed early on. "
" Getting past the influence of the fossil fuel industry will take courage, especially on the part of the Republican majority whom they so relentlessly bully and cajole. But we must do it. "
" Every one of us deserves a voice that our president will hear. "
" To be clear, I don't know whether the fossil fuel industry and its allies engaged in the same kind of racketeering activity as the tobacco industry. We don't have enough information to make that conclusion. Perhaps it's all smoke and no fire. But there's an awful lot of smoke. "
" The Heartland Institute is about as biased as they come, and it's funded by the likes of Exxon and the Koch brothers. This is the same group that took out billboard space to compare people who understand climate change to the Unabomber. "
" In the international contest of ideologies, it is not assured that ours will win; we have to earn the winner's laurel generation by generation. One way we earn it is by living our values as the world watches. "
" According to the IRS, the wealthiest 400 Americans, who earned an average of roughly $270 million in 2008, paid an average tax rate of just 18.2 percent that year. That's about the same rate paid by a single truck driver in Rhode Island. It's not right, and we need to restore fairness to our tax code. "
" As a lawyer, as a former prosecutor, and as a son and grandson of foreign-service officers who tried to represent American democracy in foreign and dangerous places, the idea that this crowd of crooked fossil-fuel types is able to take over and run our democracy like we are a banana republic - I find that repellent. "
" It would be a sorry world in which corporations engaged in fraud could pull the screen of the First Amendment over any investigation of their scheme. "
" Is keeping Big Oil happy with subsidies from the American people more important than addressing our deficit? Should a billionaire who makes a multi-million-dollar gift to a museum receive more tax bang for his charitable buck than a middle-class family who gives to their local church? "
" America has long stood before the world as an exceptional country. "
" Society is indeed better off when we share knowledge with one another and have open debates about the issues in the public arena, with the hands and motives of the players identified. "
" The worst blows to humanity from carbon pollution may come at us from the oceans. "
" Closing tax loopholes has to be part of the revenue equation. "
" I, for one - despite being a pretty solid climate hawk, I am extremely sympathetic to West Virginia and its coal-country needs. I lived there for a year. I've seen it. And the same for Wyoming, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Kentucky. They all have parts of their state where that really matters. "
" These core principles - helping patients, preventing medical errors, promoting best practices and improving quality - are the reasons that health IT is featured in both the 2012 Republican platform and 2012 Democratic platform. "
" Pell Grants aren't 'welfare,' they are a gateway to opportunity for some of our nation's best and brightest students. "
" We have seen the big loan servicers drag their feet in the Obama administration's well-intentioned mortgage modification program. "
" The American people have a right to know the air they breathe is safe. "
" I think that it's very, very hard for the NRA to continue to defend the position that people who are on the terrorist watch list should be allowed to buy firearms in this country. That's their position. I don't know how they stand by it. "
" The dirty secret is that climate change is not really a partisan issue in Congress. "
" Senators who once supported common-sense legislation have gone silent as stones under the threat of the polluters' spending. "
" Every week in the Senate, I give a speech telling my colleagues it is time to wake up to the reality of a changing climate. "
" If Republicans want to defend the rights of corporations and billionaires to spend unlimited, secret money in campaigns, then they should say so. "