Whitehouse's Southeast tour to highlight climate

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) will tour the Southeast Coast next week as part of his campaign to "wake up Congress" to the impacts of climate change.

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"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,” Whitehouse said in a statement on Friday.

He will travel across North and South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida over the next two weeks to tout his environmental message.

Last month, Whitehouse visited Iowa to urge residents and business there to make climate change a wedge issue during the 2016 election.

While it isn't as much of a direct focus of his coming tour, making climate change a main issue in the next presidential cycle will be among his goals on the road, an aide to Whitehouse said.

"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," Whitehouse said. "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."