A Senate hearing Thursday on the proposed Keystone XL pipeline produced a clear piece of news: The U.S. Chamber of Commerce isn't especially fond of talking about humans' contribution to global warming.
Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Robert Menendez asked the Chamber's Karen Harbert whether the Chamber agrees that climate change is real and caused by humans.
"The Chamber has a long record on climate and here is what it is: Number one, we support addressing our environment [with] things that work," said Harbert, who heads the Chamber's Institute for 21st Century Energy, in response.
She then noted that U.S. carbon emissions have been falling already and said Europe's cap-and-trade program isn't working.
"We want to be in favor of things that work, technologies that work, that put Americans back to work, so we strongly believe in improving the environment while also protecting the economy," said Harbert, who later in the hearing would note the Chamber's support for green-technology R&D and energy-efficiency legislation.
But Menendez, a New Jersey Democrat, kept pressing on his specific climate query. "That's not responsive to my question," Menendez said. "I asked a very simple question: Does the Chamber believe that climate change is real and caused by humans? Yes or no?"