U.S. Senator tours climate change effects in Lowcountry

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CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- There's nothing like a good climate change discussion on Earth Day. On Tuesday, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse from Rhode Island will visit the Lowcountry on his climate change tour of the East Coast.Mr. Whitehouse is urging Congress to take action on the issue he says is threatening the coastline by rising sea levels. The U.S. Senator says climate change is the most serious issue facing his own state of Rhode Island and he wants to see how it affects other areas of the country as well."Climate change is among the most serious issues facing Rhode Island, It affects our economy, our homes and businesses, and our very way of life," said Whitehouse in a released statement. "We're doing what we can in Rhode Island to limit the damage of climate change, but this is a worldwide problem that we can't address alone.{} We need other states - and ultimately other nations - to join us in reducing emissions, investing in clean energy, and taking steps to adapt to the changes that are already occurring. This road trip will be an opportunity for me to see how climate change is affecting other areas of our country; to hear about what these states are doing to address climate threats; and to bring new ideas back to Washington as I continue working to get Congress to wake up and take action on this issue."The Democratic senator will have numerous stops Tuesday on his climate change tour, including:
  • 9:15 a.m. - Visit to the Baruch Institute for Marine Sciences at the University of South Carolina in Georgetown, SC.{} Senator Whitehouse arrives at the Institute's Hobcaw Barony Discovery Center for an introduction and tour, which will be open to the media.{} He will then depart for a boat tour which will be closed to press. Address: 177 Hobcaw Rd, Georgetown, SC.
  • 2:45 p.m. - Visit to the College of Charleston Marine Science Center on James Island.{} This will be a two hour stop, all of which is open to press.{} Senator Whitehouse will be hearing about climate-related research being conducted by staff and faculty from the College of Charleston, Medical University of South Carolina, South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the National Institutes of Standards and Technology.{} Address: 221 Fort Johnson Rd, Charleston, SC.
  • 5:30 p.m. - Senator Whitehouse will participate in an evening roundtable discussion hosted by the Coastal Conservation League on the state of climate and energy in South Carolina.{} This will be open to press.{} Address: 328 E Bay St, Charleston, SC.
The senator said he will take the ideas he's gathered from his tours back to Washington to convince Congress to address the issue of climate change. To learn more about the senator's efforts, you can visit his website by clicking here.