US Senate finally admits climate change is real -- but remains adamant humans are not the cause

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US Senate finally admits climate change is real -- but remains adamant humans are not the cause
Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., arrives for work at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014. Following the success of the GOP in the midterm elections, the 80-year-old Republican from the oil-producing state of Oklahoma is in line to chair the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee when his party assumes control of the Senate next month. Sen. Inhofe is considered by critics to be one of the most notorious deniers of human-induced climate change, in no small part due to the book he authored in 2012: "The Greatest Hoax: How the Global Warming Conspiracy Threatens Your Future". (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Senator Edward 'Ed' Markey, a Democrat from Massachusetts, from right, Senator Charles Schumer, a Democrat from New York, and Senator Al Franken, a Democrat from Minnesota, hold a news conference on Keystone XL pipeline amendments at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015. Senate Democratic leaders will push hard for full Senate vote on an amendment to Keystone XL pipeline legislation that puts all senators on record on their views about whether carbon emissions spark climate change, said Schumer. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Senator Al Franken, a Democrat from Minnesota, from left, Senator Charles Schumer, a Democrat from New York, and Senator Edward 'Ed' Markey, a Democrat from Massachusetts, hold a news conference on Keystone XL pipeline amendments at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015. Senate Democratic leaders will push hard for full Senate vote on an amendment to Keystone XL pipeline legislation that puts all senators on record on their views about whether carbon emissions spark climate change, said Schumer. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Kelly Kelly of Omaha waves signs with others opposing the Keystone XL oil pipeline during a demonstration outside the office of Rep. Brad Ashford, D-Neb., in Omaha, Neb., Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015. Democrats plan to use Senate consideration of the Keystone XL oil pipeline to get Republicans on the record about climate change and to resurrect parts of a bipartisan energy efficiency bill doomed by pipeline politics last year. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)
Demonstrators opposing the Keystone XL oil pipeline hold banners outside the office of Rep. Brad Ashford, D-Neb., in Omaha, Neb., Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015. Democrats plan to use Senate consideration of the Keystone XL oil pipeline to get Republicans on the record about climate change and to resurrect parts of a bipartisan energy efficiency bill doomed by pipeline politics last year. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)
A woman holds a sign that reads in Portuguese "SOS, There is only one Earth," during the People's Climate March at Ipanema beach, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014. The People's Climate March, is a worldwide mobilization calling on world leaders to commit to urgent action on climate change and 100% clean energy. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
Dog named "Mel" stands with its owner while wearing a t-shirt with a green heart during the People's Climate March at Ipanema beach, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014. The People's Climate March, is a worldwide mobilization calling on world leaders to commit to urgent action on climate change and 100% clean energy. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
People with green hearts painted on their faces participates the People's Climate March at Ipanema beach, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014. The People's Climate March, is a worldwide mobilization calling on world leaders to commit to urgent action on climate change and 100% clean energy. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
A woman with a green heart painted on her face holds a flag during the People's Climate March at Ipanema beach, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014. The People's Climate March, is a worldwide mobilization calling on world leaders to commit to urgent action on climate change and 100% clean energy. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
The Christ the Redeemer statue is lit up in green as a symbolic warning of the dangers of climate change, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014. This event is in support of the Global People’s Climate March, scheduled for the next Sunday, which is asking for solutions to combat global climate change, in advance of the United Nations Climate Summit to be held on September 23. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
Christ the Redeemer statue is lit up with the words that read in Portuguese "21 September, March for the Climate," in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, Sept.18, 2014. The statue was lit up in as a symbolic warning to the dangers of climate change. This event is in support of the Global People’s Climate March, scheduled for the next Sunday, which is asking for solutions to combat global climate change, in advance of the United Nations Climate Summit to be held on September 23. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
The Christ the Redeemer statue is lit up in green as a symbolic warning of the dangers of climate change, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014. This event is in support of the Global People’s Climate March, scheduled for the next Sunday, which is asking for solutions to combat global climate change, in advance of the United Nations Climate Summit to be held on September 23. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
A gas mask is projected on the face of Christ the Redeemer statue as a symbolic warning to the dangers of climate change, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014. This event is in support of the Global People’s Climate March, scheduled for the next Sunday, which is asking for solutions to combat global climate change, in advance of the United Nations Climate Summit to be held on September 23. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
People cheer during the People's Climate March on Ipanema beach, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014. The People's Climate March, is a worldwide mobilization calling on world leaders to commit to urgent action on climate change and 100% clean energy. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR AVAAZ - An estimated 40,000 thousand people march from the Embankment via Whitehall to the Houses of Parliament in central London on Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014 as part of the People's Climate March, a worldwide mobilisation calling on world leaders to commit to urgent action on climate change and 100% clean energy. (Fiona Hanson/AP Images for AVAAZ)
Demonstrators display placards and banners as they participate in the Peoples Climate March in London on September 21, 2014. The march was one of several demonstrations calling for action to combat climate change taking place at cities around the world. AFP PHOTO/ADRIAN DENNIS (Photo credit should read ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images)
A child in costume as demonstrators display placards and banners as they participate in the Peoples Climate March in London on September 21, 2014. The march was one of several demonstrations calling for action to combat climate change taking place at cities around the world. AFP PHOTO/ADRIAN DENNIS (Photo credit should read ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images)
IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR AVAAZ - An estimated 40,000 thousand people march from the Embankment via Whitehall to the Houses of Parliament in central London on Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014 as part of the People's Climate March, a worldwide mobilisation calling on world leaders to commit to urgent action on climate change and 100% clean energy. (Fiona Hanson/AP Images for AVAAZ)
IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR AVAAZ - From left, Designer Vivienne Westwood, musician Peter Gabriel and actress Emma Thompson join an estimated 40,000 thousand people marching from the Embankment via Whitehall to the Houses of Parliament in central on Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014 as part of the People's Climate March, a worldwide mobilisation calling on world leaders to commit to urgent action on climate change and 100% clean energy. (Fiona Hanson/AP Images for AVAAZ)
IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR AVAAZ - An estimated 40,000 thousand people march from the Embankment via Whitehall to the Houses of Parliament in central London on Sunday, September 21, 2014 as part of the People's Climate March, a worldwide mobilisation calling on world leaders to commit to urgent action on climate change and 100% clean energy. (Fiona Hanson/AP Images for AVAAZ)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 21: A man waves a flag with a green heart during the climate march along Ipanema beach on September 21, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Protests calling for curbs in greenhouse gas emissions were scheduled for today in 150 countries ahead a U.N. summit on climate change. The Amazon rainforest, mostly located in Brazil, produces about 20 percent of the earth's oxygen but is threatened by deforestation. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 21: Participants brave inclement weather to take part in the climate march along Ipanema beach on September 21, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Protests calling for curbs in greenhouse gas emissions were scheduled today in 150 countries ahead a U.N. summit on climate change. The Amazon rainforest, mostly located in Brazil, produces about 20 percent of the earth's oxygen but is threatened by deforestation. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 21: Participants brave inclement weather to take part in the climate march along Ipanema beach on September 21, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Protests calling for curbs in greenhouse gas emissions were scheduled today in 150 countries ahead a U.N. summit on climate change. The Amazon rainforest, mostly located in Brazil, produces about 20 percent of the earth's oxygen but is threatened by deforestation. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 21: Participants chant during the climate march along Ipanema beach on September 21, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Protests calling for curbs in greenhouse gas emissions were scheduled for today in 150 countries ahead a U.N. summit on climate change. The Amazon rainforest, mostly located in Brazil, produces about 20 percent of the earth's oxygen but is threatened by deforestation. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
A climate protester wearing a Guy Fawkes mask holds a banner reading ' World leaders act!' on the Republique's square during a demonstration to fight climate change, on September 21, 2014 in Paris. AFP PHOTO / FRANCOIS GUILLOT (Photo credit should read FRANCOIS GUILLOT/AFP/Getty Images)
Climate protesters gather on the Republique's square during a demonstration to fight climate change, on September 21, 2014 in Paris. AFP PHOTO / FRANCOIS GUILLOT (Photo credit should read FRANCOIS GUILLOT/AFP/Getty Images)
Climate protesters hold a banner reading ' I am the change' on the Republique's square during a demonstration to fight climate change, on September 21, 2014 in Paris. AFP PHOTO / FRANCOIS GUILLOT (Photo credit should read FRANCOIS GUILLOT/AFP/Getty Images)
Climate protesters hold a banner reading ' Let's be the change' on the Republique's square during a demonstration to fight climate change, on September 21, 2014 in Paris. AFP PHOTO / FRANCOIS GUILLOT (Photo credit should read FRANCOIS GUILLOT/AFP/Getty Images)
Demonstrators display placards and banners as they participate in the Peoples Climate March in London on September 21, 2014. The march was one of several demonstrations calling for action to combat climate change taking place at cities around the world. AFP PHOTO/ADRIAN DENNIS (Photo credit should read ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images)
Enviromental protesters gather in a park in Sydney September 21, 2014 as part of a global protest on climate change. Australians rallied for climate action forming a human chain message as part of an international day of action to fight climate change ahead of a United Nations summit in New York on 23 September. AFP PHOTO/Peter PARKS (Photo credit should read PETER PARKS/AFP/Getty Images)
Enviromental protesters gather in a park in Sydney September 21, 2014 as part of a global protest on climate change. Australians rallied for climate action forming a human chain message as part of an international day of action to fight climate change ahead of a United Nations summit in New York on 23 September. AFP PHOTO/Peter PARKS (Photo credit should read PETER PARKS/AFP/Getty Images)
Enviromental protesters gather in a park in Sydney September 21, 2014 as part of a global protest on climate change. Australians rallied for climate action forming a human chain message as part of an international day of action to fight climate change ahead of a United Nations summit in New York on 23 September. AFP PHOTO/Peter PARKS (Photo credit should read PETER PARKS/AFP/Getty Images)
Enviromental protesters gather in a park in Sydney September 21, 2014 as part of a global protest on climate change. Australians rallied for climate action forming a human chain message as part of an international day of action to fight climate change ahead of a United Nations summit in New York on 23 September. AFP PHOTO/Peter PARKS (Photo credit should read PETER PARKS/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW DELHI, INDIA - SEPTEMBER 20: People participating during the Climate Change March at Mandi House to Jantar Mantar on September 20, 2014 in New Delhi, India. The march is a global movement with participation of college students, kids, other civil society allies, young professionals, rights groups, resident welfare associations and farming communities. The march is set up ahead of United Nations Summit on Climate change in New York on September 23 lead by UN Secretary General Mr. Ban Ki Moon. (Photo by Sonu Mehta/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)
NEW DELHI, INDIA - SEPTEMBER 20: People participating during the Climate Change March at Mandi House to Jantar Mantar on September 20, 2014 in New Delhi, India. The march is a global movement with participation of college students, kids, other civil society allies, young professionals, rights groups, resident welfare associations and farming communities. The march is set up ahead of United Nations Summit on Climate change in New York on September 23 lead by UN Secretary General Mr. Ban Ki Moon. (Photo by Sonu Mehta/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)
NEW DELHI, INDIA - SEPTEMBER 20: People participating during the Climate Change March at Mandi House to Jantar Mantar on September 20, 2014 in New Delhi, India. The march is a global movement with participation of college students, kids, other civil society allies, young professionals, rights groups, resident welfare associations and farming communities. The march is set up ahead of United Nations Summit on Climate change in New York on September 23 lead by UN Secretary General Mr. Ban Ki Moon. (Photo by Sonu Mehta/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)
NEW DELHI, INDIA - SEPTEMBER 20: People participating during the Climate Change March at Mandi House to Jantar Mantar on September 20, 2014 in New Delhi, India. The march is a global movement with participation of college students, kids, other civil society allies, young professionals, rights groups, resident welfare associations and farming communities. The march is set up ahead of United Nations Summit on Climate change in New York on September 23 lead by UN Secretary General Mr. Ban Ki Moon. (Photo by Sonu Mehta/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)
NEW DELHI, INDIA - SEPTEMBER 20: People participating during the Climate Change March at Mandi House to Jantar Mantar on September 20, 2014 in New Delhi, India. The march is a global movement with participation of college students, kids, other civil society allies, young professionals, rights groups, resident welfare associations and farming communities. The march is set up ahead of United Nations Summit on Climate change in New York on September 23 lead by UN Secretary General Mr. Ban Ki Moon. (Photo by Sonu Mehta/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)
NEW DELHI, INDIA - SEPTEMBER 20: People participating during the Climate Change March at Mandi House to Jantar Mantar on September 20, 2014 in New Delhi, India. The march is a global movement with participation of college students, kids, other civil society allies, young professionals, rights groups, resident welfare associations and farming communities. The march is set up ahead of United Nations Summit on Climate change in New York on September 23 lead by UN Secretary General Mr. Ban Ki Moon. (Photo by Sonu Mehta/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)
NEW DELHI, INDIA - SEPTEMBER 20: People participating during the Climate Change March at Mandi House to Jantar Mantar on September 20, 2014 in New Delhi, India. The march is a global movement with participation of college students, kids, other civil society allies, young professionals, rights groups, resident welfare associations and farming communities. The march is set up ahead of United Nations Summit on Climate change in New York on September 23 lead by UN Secretary General Mr. Ban Ki Moon. (Photo by Sonu Mehta/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)
NEW DELHI, INDIA - SEPTEMBER 20: People participating during the Climate Change March at Mandi House to Jantar Mantar on September 20, 2014 in New Delhi, India. The march is a global movement with participation of college students, kids, other civil society allies, young professionals, rights groups, resident welfare associations and farming communities. The march is set up ahead of United Nations Summit on Climate change in New York on September 23 lead by UN Secretary General Mr. Ban Ki Moon. (Photo by Sonu Mehta/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)
NEW DELHI, INDIA - SEPTEMBER 20: People participating during the Climate Change March at Mandi House to Jantar Mantar on September 20, 2014 in New Delhi, India. The march is a global movement with participation of college students, kids, other civil society allies, young professionals, rights groups, resident welfare associations and farming communities. The march is set up ahead of United Nations Summit on Climate change in New York on September 23 lead by UN Secretary General Mr. Ban Ki Moon. (Photo by Sonu Mehta/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)
ISTANBUL, TURKEY - 2014/09/20: Hundreds of people have marched in Istanbul as part of a worldwide protests demanding action on climate change. (Photo by Basin Foto Ajansi/LightRocket via Getty Images)
ISTANBUL, TURKEY - 2014/09/20: Hundreds of people have marched in Istanbul as part of a worldwide protests demanding action on climate change. (Photo by Basin Foto Ajansi/LightRocket via Getty Images)
ISTANBUL, TURKEY - 2014/09/20: Hundreds of people have marched in Istanbul as part of a worldwide protests demanding action on climate change. (Photo by Basin Foto Ajansi/LightRocket via Getty Images)
NEW DELHI, INDIA - SEPTEMBER 20: People participating during the Climate Change March at Mandi House to Jantar Mantar on September 20, 2014 in New Delhi, India. The march is a global movement with participation of college students, kids, other civil society allies, young professionals, rights groups, resident welfare associations and farming communities. The march is set up ahead of United Nations Summit on Climate change in New York on September 23 lead by UN Secretary General Mr. Ban Ki Moon. (Photo by Sonu Mehta/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - 2014/09/18: Christ the Redeemer iconic statue is lit up with symbolic warnings about the dangers of climate change, an international campaign to warn the locals about climate change that began on Thursday, September 18th. (Photo by Fabio Teixeira/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - 2014/09/18: Christ the Redeemer iconic statue is lit up with symbolic warnings about the dangers of climate change, an international campaign to warn the locals about climate change that began on Thursday, September 18th. (Photo by Fabio Teixeira/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - 2014/09/18: Christ the Redeemer iconic statue is lit up with symbolic warnings about the dangers of climate change, an international campaign to warn the locals about climate change that began on Thursday, September 18th. (Photo by Fabio Teixeira/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
Climate protesters hold banners on September 21, 2014 in Bordeaux during a demonstration to fight climate change. Green groups are staging climate marches in various cities worldwide prior to the UN Climate Summit taking place in New York on September 23. AFP PHOTO MEHDI FEDOUACH (Photo credit should read MEHDI FEDOUACH/AFP/Getty Images)
A climate protester holds a banner reading 'Don't worry, when we will run out of water, we will still have coca-cola' on September 21, 2014 in Bordeaux during a demonstration to fight climate change. Green groups are staging climate marches in various cities worldwide prior to the UN Climate Summit taking place in New York on September 23. AFP PHOTO MEHDI FEDOUACH (Photo credit should read MEHDI FEDOUACH/AFP/Getty Images)
A child holds a banner reading 'Mummy, can I go play outside ?' on September 21, 2014 in Bordeaux during a demonstration to fight climate change. Environmental groups are staging climate marches in various cities worldwide prior to the UN Climate Summit taking place in New York on September 23. AFP PHOTO MEHDI FEDOUACH (Photo credit should read MEHDI FEDOUACH/AFP/Getty Images)
Climate protesters gather on the Republique's square during a demonstration to fight climate change, on September 21, 2014 in Paris. AFP PHOTO / FRANCOIS GUILLOT (Photo credit should read FRANCOIS GUILLOT/AFP/Getty Images)
Climate protesters hold a banner reading ' Earth is the only planet with chocolate, preserve it 'on the Republique's statue during a demonstration to fight climate change, on September 21, 2014 in Paris. AFP PHOTO / FRANCOIS GUILLOT (Photo credit should read FRANCOIS GUILLOT/AFP/Getty Images)
A climate protester wearing a Guy Fawkes mask holds a banner reading ' World leaders act!' on the Republique's statue during a demonstration to fight climate change, on September 21, 2014 in Paris. AFP PHOTO / FRANCOIS GUILLOT (Photo credit should read FRANCOIS GUILLOT/AFP/Getty Images)
Indian protestors take part in the People's Climate March ahead of the UN Climate Summit, to demand progress in the faltering talks, in New Delhi on September 20, 2014. Green groups are staging climate marches in various cities worldwide prior to the UN Climate Summit taking place in New York on September 23. AFP PHOTO/SAJJAD HUSSAIN (Photo credit should read SAJJAD HUSSAIN/AFP/Getty Images)
Indian protestors take part in the People's Climate March ahead of the UN Climate Summit, to demand progress in the faltering talks, in New Delhi on September 20, 2014. Green groups are staging climate marches in various cities worldwide prior to the UN Climate Summit taking place in New York on September 23. AFP PHOTO/SAJJAD HUSSAIN (Photo credit should read SAJJAD HUSSAIN/AFP/Getty Images)
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By RYAN GORMAN

The U.S. Senate has finally admitted climate change is real -- but with a caveat.

Senators voted 98-1 Wednesday in support of legislation approving the controversial Keystone XL pipeline that included an amendment also forced the politicians to concede climate change is "not a hoax."

Democrats forced the additional language into the bill as they continue to oppose the pipeline on grounds it will accelerate climate change.

The amendment asked lawmakers to acknowledge "that climate change is real and not a hoax," a direct shot a Senator James Inhofe (R-OK)

Inhofe infamously called climate change "a hoax" only last year but surprisingly supported the amendment.

"Climate is changing," Inhofe reportedly said just before the vote was tallied, "and climate has always changed."

Senate Agrees Climate Change Is Happening, Just Not on Why


Inhofe still stood firm on the idea that humans are not causing the environment to warm.

The Keystone XL pipeline will transport oil sands from Alberta, Canada, to Texas, which many opponents say will only harm the environment by encouraging Canadian firms to expand fracking operations.

Fracking, also known as hydraulic fracturing, extracts materials from deep underground through the use of highly pressurized chemicals.

Most scientists agree climate change is real, and that it is caused by humans.

Fourteen of the 15 hottest years on Earth have occurred since 2000.

Last year was the warmest ever recorded.

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