The Senate Democratic talkathon on climate change began Monday night with Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidWATCH: There is no Trump-Russia collusion and the media should stop pushing this The demise of debate in Congress ‘North by Northwest,’ the Carter Page remake MORE (D-Nev.) saying he was sorry to report that climate change deniers existed in this Congress.

“Climate change deniers still exist,” Reid said on the Senate floor. “They exist, I’m sorry to say, in this Congress. … Climate change exists and it’s time to stop denying it.”

Reid's comments began an all-night session in which Senate Democrats are hoping to call attention to the issue of climate change.

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Sens. Brian SchatzBrian Emanuel SchatzSchatz's ignorance of our Anglo-American legal heritage illustrates problem with government Dem senator trolls Trump over Mueller indictments: 'This is a VERY well done hoax' Trashing our Anglo-American legal tradition does no one any favors MORE (D-Hawaii) and Sheldon WhitehouseSheldon WhitehouseCommittee chairman aims for House vote on opioid bills by Memorial Day Regulators seek to remove barriers to electric grid storage Prison sentencing bill advances over Sessions objections MORE (D-R.I.) are leading the charge, but more than 20 other Democrats participated right off the bat, including members of leadership.

“If you went to 100 doctors and 98 of them said you were sick and should take medicine but two told you that you were find, what would you do?” Sen. Chuck SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerDemocrats now attack internet rules they once embraced Schumer: Trump budget would ‘cripple’ gun background checks Schumer: Senate Republicans' silence 'deafening' on guns, Russia MORE (D-N.Y.) said, citing the ratio of scientists that believe climate change is real. “Climate change deniers need to wake up. … It’s time to take action.”

Reid praised his home state for pioneering new energy sources such as geothermal and solar.

“It’s easy to see the urgency to confront climate change,” Reid said. “We have the ability now to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels. … We have the ability to chose the kind of world we can live in.”

Earlier Monday, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Democrats’ attack on fossil fuels was “cruel” to his constituents.

“Families are losing work because of government attacks on the coal industry. Communities are hurting and tonight you’re going to hear 30 hours of excuses from a group of people who think that’s ok,” McConnell said. “Well it’s not ok. It’s cruel.”

McConnell and other Republicans have accused President Obama of waging a “war on coal” by ordering the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to regulate carbon emissions at coal power plants.